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Options for Youth Chicago

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Options for Youth (OFY) is a nonprofit organization whose staff have been developing programs for underserved adolescents in Chicago for nearly twenty years. OFY's programs are designed to help adolescent mothers delay a second pregnancy and to train adolescent males to be Peer Advocates for male health. Our programs provide intense training and one-on-one support to adolescent program participants, who then work in their own communities providing information and serving as role models.

OFY has developed three different programs, all of which grew directly out of empirical research and continual feedback from adolescent program participants. The Subsequent Pregnancy Program (SPP) is a community-based program designed to delay second pregnancies among adolescent mothers. SPP was developed in response to study of adolescent welfare mothers, carried out at the University of Chicago, which suggested that a rapid second birth significantly increased the likelihood of school drop-out and longer term welfare dependency (Mosena, 1986). At that time, one-third of all babies born to teen mothers in the state of Illinois each were not first births (IDPH, 1989). SPP provides an integrated model of adolescent service delivery with two primary interventions: a personal, ongoing relationship with a Home Visitor, and intense training through participation in an Advisory Group.




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