A Model New York Program to Keep Young Lives on Track

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Voice of America, the largest U.S. international broadcaster reaching millions of listeners and viewers abroad, recently profiled the CAS-Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program.

First, a New York-based VOA reporter sat down for interviews with program founder Dr. Michael Carrera, staffer and former participant Felipe Ayala and recent program graduate Kaity Modesto. Then, she came back to see the program in action.

Earlier this month, over a dozen students from the Harlem Opportunity Charter School who are enrolled in Carrera as an after-school program met Dr. Carrera for a fast-paced session called “Sex Ed for Dollars.” In it, these seventh- and eighth-graders were quizzed on the materials they’d been studying about sexual reproduction and sexual health—just one area of study in this comprehensive, 7-part approach to preventing teen pregnancy.

You can watch the video and read an accompanying story on the VOA website.