Alexander’s YPI Project

For my YPI project I learned about the issue of teen pregnancy in our community in a group of five. Our organization we worked with was the Carrera Adolescent Prevention Program. At first I had no idea how teen pregnancy was usually prevented and I didn’t know what effect it had on people’s lives. After studying the issue and visiting our organization’s offices I think my mindset was changed on the issue. I had no idea how many girls became pregnant each year or what the consequences of a teen pregnancy in the long term were. Pregnant teens usually will stop their education and if they do not they wont do well in school. We talked with the founder of our organization, Dr. Michael A. Carrera, who explained to us how the program helps all parts of a students life. The organization provides students in bad areas tutoring, teaches them sex ed and also helps them develop interests in sports and art. By helping them in all these areas the Carrera program gives them hope for their future and alternatives to sex which prevents teen pregnancy. Dr. Carrera at first taught sex ed to teens in Harlem but after a while he realized that they had so many issues that they couldn’t focus on what he taught them. In his words, “the sex message sticks when things are going better on in their lives.” I really agreed with this view and his stories of his students really motivated me to work towards stopping the issue of teen pregnancy. Dr. Carrera welcomed us and gave us his book on teen pregnancy Lessons For Lifeguards.

Dr Michael A Carrera with students in the program

Dr Michael A Carrera with students in the program

Dr Carrera's book he gave to each of the members of my group

Dr Carrera’s book he gave to each of the members of my group

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