Opportunities to Serve

All children and youth need and deserve the chance to make a difference — in their families, schools, communities, nation and world — through  having models of caring behavior, awareness of the needs of others, a sense of personal responsibility to contribute to the larger society, and opportunities for volunteering, leadership and service.

Strategic Initiative: Teen Outreach Program

img_3372The Teen Outreach Program is an evidence based youth development program that seeks to equip students with the skills they need to be successful.  The program focuses on topics such as:

  • Values
  • Clarification
  • Relationships
  • Communication/Assertiveness
  • Influence
  • Goal-Setting
  • Decision-Making
  • Human Development and Sexuality
  • Community Service Learning

The Teen Outreach Program utilizes a club format.  Currently, Columbia has 4 TOP Clubs(Hickman School, Rock Bridge High School, Battle High School,  Jefferson Middle School).  Each club meets weekly for group discussions, activities, and team building.  They also work together to complete 20 hours of service learning.  As students are learning life skills, they are able to immediately put them into practice through service.  The Youth Community Coalition partners with the Boone County Health Department and the Columbia Housing Authority to make this program successful.

The Teen Outreach Program curriculum has been tested nationally to be effective and has experienced the following results:

EVIDENCE-BASED OUTCOMES:(1)
• 52% lower risk of school suspension
• 60% lower risk of course failure
• 53% lower risk of pregnancy
OBSERVED OUTCOMES:
• 60% lower risk of school dropout(2)

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(1) Philliber Research, 2001. “Who Benefits Most From A BroadlyTargeted Prevention Program”

(2) Joe Allen, “Escaping the Endless Adolescent” 2009.

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