Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program is Awarded $3.5 Million Social Innovation Fund Grant
The Children’s Aid Society Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAS-Carrera) has been awarded a $3.5 million Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) to deepen the program’s impact in New York City and replicate it nationally. CAS-Carrera is one of nine recipients in a national competition that identifies innovative programs working to solve problems confronting low-income youth in America. With this investment, CAS-Carrera plans to serve approximately 10,000-11,000 young people nationally over the next three years, a growth of up to 50%.
“The Children’s Aid Society is thrilled that the Carrera Program has been selected as a national leader in improving the lives of low-income youth,” said President and CEO Richard R. Buery, Jr. “This grant will help us significantly increase the number of young people we are working with to stop early pregnancy and start them on the path to a full and productive adult life.”
Founded in 1984 by Dr. Michael A. Carrera, this evidence-based pregnancy prevention model helps young people avoid becoming parents during the second decade of their lives. The holistic program combines daily academic enrichment, with weekly exposure and experience in the world of work, mental health services, family life and sexuality education, and comprehensive no-cost medical and dental services, as well as self-expression and lifetime individual sports. The medically accurate comprehensive sexuality education component contains a consistent and strong abstinence message. The program engages young people year-round, beginning in the fifth or sixth grade, and continues through graduation from high school and beyond.
Click play below to listen to National Public Radio's interview with Dr. Michael Carrera