Evaluations of Teen emPower!’s programs have been conducted over the years by the Health Promotion Sciences Department, Hudson College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). A recent evaluation by OUHSC (2021) documented the positive changes in knowledge and strong levels of satisfaction among the middle and high school youth participants.
For a copy of the OUHSC evaluation summary, click here.
For the OUHSC evaluation full project report, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Replication Project Evaluation Report, click here.
Peer Education Model
Teen emPower!’s innovative peer education model is the only one in Oklahoma, and one of very few in the country where trained high school students present a series of lessons to middle school students about managing peer pressure and relationships. Peer Educators have presented this popular and highly successful program to over 10,000 students in 7th grade since Teen emPower! launched it in 2008.
For a description of the SHAPE peer education model, click here.
Peer Educators As Partners in Sexual Health Programming: A Case Study (2020) describes Teen emPower!’s process for recruiting and training the SHAPE high school peer educators. Prepared by the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University, the case study highlighted key factors that have made the SHAPE program model so successful.
For a copy of the case study, click here.
REACH for Health Model
REACH (Reproductive Education And Community Health) was created by Teen emPower! with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and Variety Care as a school-community partnership model for providing quality sexual health education for middle and high school youth. The REACH for Health model includes SHAPE peer education, evidence-based sexual health programs, and innovative health promotion activities for students in twelve middle and high schools in three metro public school districts: Mid-Del, OKCPS, and Crooked Oak. The multi-year project is funded by the HHS/Office of Population Affairs.
Highlights from REACH program evaluation activities will be available soon.
“I love it when Mrs. Kathy comes to talk to our class. She shares stuff we don’t get to learn about normally but it’s information we need.”
“While I was in SHAPE, I learned SO MUCH. Not only how to keep myself safe and make better decisions, but how to teach those skills to other people.”
“The older kids who came into our class were really great. It made me feel like I didn’t have to do what other people were doing, I could make those decisions for myself.”