Radisha Scurry first attended 4Me Teen Health Project classes on sex education out of curiosity, but gained knowledge and relationship skills that helped keep on the path to college and beyond. The teen, along with her mother, shared her story in the Women’s Giving Alliance’s Voices of Hope report, which highlights effective programs in several key areas.
The report, which was released at the Women’s Giving Alliance’s annual luncheon on March 2, focuses on four areas identified through their third major research project: break the cycle of female poverty, educate girls for economic success, provide trauma-informed addiction therapy and expand girls’ access to reproductive health care.
Reproductive health care was selected as an issue because teen pregnancy is correlated with poor birth and socioeconomic outcomes; it disproportionately impacts girls in poverty and the foster care system; and although effective programs exist, finding sustainable levels of funding is challenging.
The Teen Health Project was identified as an effective program at improving adolescent reproductive health. The Coalition began implmenting the evidence-based program in 2011.
The Women’s Giving Alliance is a collective giving organization that aims to improve the lives of women and girls in Northeast Florida, and inspire women to be strategic philanthropists. It is an initiative of the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida.