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Centerstone to Implement Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in Wayne County Schools

‘Be in Charge’ program to provide education and community outreach to local youth and adults

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, Tennessee’s leading not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services is bringing a new teen pregnancy prevention program to some Wayne County schools this fall.

Funded by a $5 million federal grant secured by Centerstone Research Institute, Be in Charge is the newest Centerstone Prevention Services program and will address Middle Tennessee’s teen pregnancy epidemic. Over the five years of the grant, Be in Charge will reach over 13,000 Middle Tennessee youth and twice as many adults through education and community outreach.

“Centerstone understands the challenges, hardship and health risks unwanted teen pregnancies cause and we want to help,” said Doris Vaughan, Centerstone Director of Prevention Services. “Unfortunately, Tennessee has the ninth highest teen birth rate in the United States. Our mission is to provide medically accurate information to youth and adults, which is why we’re excited to collaborate with Collinwood Middle, Collinwood High and Wayne County High Schools to present this comprehensive approach to teen pregnancy prevention in Wayne County.”

Be in Charge will offer both school-based and community-based education programs to decrease the number of teen pregnancies in Tennessee. In Collinwood Middle, Collinwood High and Wayne County High Schools, trained Centerstone Prevention Specialists will teach group lessons to seventh through 12th graders on subjects like healthy relationship development and how to avoid risky situations. At the community level, Be in Charge will conduct presentations and distribute information to educate parents, teachers and community leaders about how to help teens make healthy choices.

Through Be in Charge, youth and adults will learn research-based, factual information about the consequences of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STD/STIs). In addition to the school-based and community-wide education, the program will use a variety of media outreach to educate youth and adults about teen pregnancy prevention. Public service announcements, print advertisements and social networking websites are estimated to reach at least 60 percent of Middle Tennessee’s population over the course of the program.

Centerstone’s Prevention Services provides educational programs to empower children, teens and their families to make positive decisions when faced with common, real-life issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, depression, bullying, teen pregnancy and more.

Be in Charge is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health, Office of Adolescent Health. It is offered to 26 counties in Middle Tennessee. For more information about Centerstone Prevention Services and Be in Charge, please visit www.whoyouwant2be.org or contact Jillian Neal at (615) 460-4181 or jillian.neal@centerstone.org.

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About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves nearly 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.