VOA plans to expand teen development program

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/15 2014 02:44PM

Updated 07/15 2014 02:48PM

A program proven to keep teenagers in school will expand its services for the 2014-15 school year.

Volunteers of America of North Louisiana implemented the national Wyman's Teen Outreach Program® which focuses on life skills, healthy behaviors and community service for the first time last year. It served 115 teenagers in six different groups throughout the city.

For the upcoming year, the program will be available to 200 students, and VOA hopes to expand the number and location of groups. Pre-registration began July 1.

TOP is open to teens ages 12-17. The free program emphasizes  resiliency, academic achievement, compassion, values, conflict resolution and goal setting.

Teens are divided by age groups and participate in clubs once a week after school for activities, discussion and community service projects.

Through the Wyman Center studies the program has produced the following results:
  • 52% lower risk of suspension
  • 60% lower risk of class failure
  • 53% lower risk of teen pregnancy

To pre-register or for more information, visit the website www.voanorthla.org/top or call Jennifer Stinson at (318) 221-8404.

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