Children's Aid's Carrera Program Featured on NPR
Here’s something really exciting – a nationally broadcast endorsement of our work! On Sunday, June 6, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered featured an interview with Dr. Michael Carrera in a fabulous segment about The Children’s Aid Society Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program.
The broadcast explores how Michael Carrera developed his philosophy of linking messages about sexuality to all of the other concerns that young people have (including education, jobs, sports, creativity and their health and well being), approaching teens holistically instead of just about sex. When this happens, he has said, teens develop hope – a very powerful contraceptive. They see that they can have a productive future that they won’t want to risk with early pregnancies.
Our adolescent pregnancy prevention program has been independently evaluated and shown to be effective at greatly reducing teen pregnancies and births. The All Things Considered segment jumped off from the Obama administration’s decision to fund an evidence-based approach to reducing teen pregnancy and noted that the Children’s Aid Carrera model is one of 28 approved under the federal Replication of Evidence-based Programs .
Noting that “few have more experience with teen sexuality education and adolescent development that Michael Carrera,” the reporter also stated, “It’s hard to find people who don’t like the Carrera model.”
We’re thrilled that this program is getting a lot of attention! Since current data indicate that the U.S. teen pregnancy rate is on the rise for the first time in many years, attention to this proven-effective program is timely. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Unplanned Pregnancy , a child born to an unmarried teen has a 27 percent chance of growing up in poverty, and if that teen did not graduate from high school or earn a GED, the chances of the child growing up in poverty increase to 64 percent. The costs to society are staggering, and the personal cost to the teens can be devastating.