Description: The DBA Touchstone Health Services is a grant funded by the U.S. Office of Population Affairs and specifically addresses the need for sex education and teen pregnancy prevention programs. This program was created to make sex education available to parents who are looking for ways to help prevent unwanted pregnancy and to give children better opportunities in school. By providing free teen pregnancy and STD education to community groups and religious leaders the DBA Touchstone Health Services seeks to raise public awareness about these problems by introducing a comprehensive educational approach that addresses all aspects of the problem.
Description: In addition to providing abstinence education and STD education the DBA Touchstone Health Services also works with local faith-based organizations to increase the knowledge of parents and other community members about teen pregnancy. Many groups offer a free sex education session as part of their monthly community cleanup effort. At these meetings the DBA Touchstone staff facilitates a discussion between the participants about sex and reproductive health among adults and teens alike. The goal of this type of program is not only to increase the knowledge and skills of the participants but to also encourage them to become advocates for themselves and their children by becoming more involved in the community and participating in the Cleanups. The DBA Touchstone staff also encourages participants to become active members of the community by volunteering at church and school events. This helps the teens gain exposure to their peers and teaches them responsibility. The goal of this program is to empower teens and families through providing a comprehensive and accurate sex education curriculum.
Description: The DBA Touchstone Program also works with local churches to provide free abstinence education to their youth and families. Teens will learn about abstinence and how to properly and safely practice it. They will also learn about the risks associated with unprotected sex. The DBA Touchstone staff also provides information on STDs. Through this program the youth are able to learn the difference between a real life infection and an imaginary one. Through these conversations they learn how to develop healthier relationships with their peers and are able to create healthy peer networks in the community. Through the DBA Touchstone Health Services teenagers will be able to live healthier longer and more satisfying lives.