Number of Development Encounters for Youth 10-24 (leadership, healthy decision making, sexual health ed.)
This measure identifies the total number of youth that attended a sexual health education or positive youth development activity provided by the Austin Healthy Adolescent Program (AHA). The purpose of this program is to promote and enhance positive health outcomes for youth between the ages of 12 and 24.
This measure is calculated by determining the total number of youth that attended a sexuality education or positive youth development activity provided by AHA. This measure counts attendance to programs rather than program participation by individual. Therefore, individual youth receiving multiple encounters are counted each time they participate in our services.
FY 2015-16 Results
In FY 2015-16, the goal was set for 2,300 sexuality education and skills development encounters. The results were 3,235 sexuality education and skills development encounters, an increase of roughly 18% over the previous fiscal year.
Assessment of Results
In FY 2015-16, the Austin Healthy Adolescent (AHA) Program ran three distinct projects: Youth Adult Council (YAC), Young Artist Project (YAP), and Peer to Peer (P2P). The YAC and YAP work was funded through the Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative of the Texas Department of State Health Services. P2P completed the third year of the 1115 Waiver Funds from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The YAP, YAC and P2P projects utilize a Peer-to-Peer evidence informed model which is considered a best practice model in the field.
The AHA Program successfully reached and surpassed this year’s measure primarily due to program implementation in communities, partnerships, and community outreach. Efforts included: the 2016 Middle School Diversity Leadership Conference, Peer to Peer (P2P) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project, Youth Adult Council (YAC), and the Young Artist Project (YAP). P2P expanded its curriculum implementation from two high schools to three high schools and one middle school. YAC also began program implementation in various community settings. Additionally, AHA produced a play called STIGMA to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/STDs on Travis County residents.
YAC continues to facilitate community meetings and events, present at local, state, and national conferences, while increasing the number of participants reached through the curriculum. P2P aims to reach 750 participants through curriculum implementation at six schools in two different school districts. AHA is pursuing purchasing software to better manage program data. Lastly, we will continue to cross-promote and network with community partners to expand awareness of reproductive and sexual health to increase health equity across the county.
For more information, contact Donna Sundstrom, Assistant Director, Community Services, at (512) 972-6844.