Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP)
The Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) works collaboratively for and with youth to achieve lifetime success through active involvement and personal commitment. ACAP does this by:
- Creating and conducting public awareness campaigns encouraging parent-child communications, abstinence and safer sex messages
- Using innovative technology and creativity to reach out to and engage youth – Teen Text Message Line, website, Facebook, and Twitter
- Partnering with City youth, parents, agencies, and community-based organizations to provide opportunities and comprehensive prevention services for adolescents and their families
- Providing resources, support and programs with and for adolescents, families, and residents of Alexandria
- Providing training and technical assistance on adolescent pregnancy and sexual health issues with and for youth, families, and professionals
Critical to our success is the ability to organize our community in pulling together – City agencies, community groups, and residents, including parents and youth. Together we can help young people see the possibilities in their lives if they avoid pregnancy and fatherhood during their teen years.
To sustain a reduction in adolescent pregnancy and the consequences for our youth.
To prevent adolescent pregnancy through culturally and age appropriate education, advocacy, technical assistance, direct service prevention programs and public awareness. Collaboratively, we work with our young people, their families and the community to secure brighter futures.
- Adolescent pregnancy is a significant ongoing problem that affects all of our citizens.
- Adolescents should be encouraged to delay sexual activity.
- Parents/guardians should be the primary sexuality educators of their children.
- Abstinence from sexual intercourse is the most effective way to avoid a pregnancy.
- Adolescents themselves have a personal responsibility for preventing pregnancy and practicing healthy behaviors.
- Adolescents have the right to full, medically accurate information about sexuality and the right to safe, healthy relationships in order to protect their futures.
- Adolescents who have children need the assistance of their own families and the community to break the cycle of adolescent pregnancy.
- Collaboration of all sectors of the community including government, schools, businesses, faith based initiatives, families and community groups' working with young people is essential in helping to reduce adolescent pregnancy.
- Greater mobilization and coordination of both public and private financial resources must occur to reduce adolescent pregnancy.
- Support from our political leaders is a key component to successfully reduce adolescent pregnancy.
- Support and participation from our youth are key components to successfully reduce adolescent pregnancy.
Want to Get Involved?
The Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) needs your help. Together we can make a difference. Contact Lisette Torres at email@example.com.
Keep it 360 Club at TC
Keep it 360 is our weekly after-school club at TC Williams. Keep it 360 provides a space to have open and honest conversations about issues that impact youth and an opportunity to plan campaigns and events that support ACAP and SAPCA initiatives. Keep it 360 meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 in room C210 at TC.
For more information contact Joy Kone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.746.3479
Middle School Keep it 360 Club
Keep it 360 is coming to ACPS middle schools! Stay tuned for dates at your school!
Titan Takeover is a quarterly event that includes dinner, games, a DJ, and photobooth. Come hang out with your friends for a night of fun and a chance to win prizes or gift cards!!
ACAP Peer Educators
Our Peer Educators are an instrumental part of ACAP and the Youth Development team. Peer Educators help create a continuum of support and programming for youth involved in ACAP programs. They teach other Alexandria youth on topics related to making healthy life choices and inform others about relevant community resources through creating social media content, facilitating presentations and workshop, and leading activities for the Keep It 360 Club meetings and other community groups.
If you’re interested in becoming a Peer Educator or inviting the Peer Educators to lead a workshop for you club or group, contact Rachel Philpott at email@example.com
Personal Responsibility Education Program – see section below
Youth Leadership Conference
The Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) is held every summer and is a three-day event to build and enhance leadership skills among rising 9th-12thgraders. The conference connects young people to opportunities to become more civically engaged in the Alexandria community and is co-hosted with SAPCA.
Stay tuned for information about YLC 2020!!!
Social Media – Alexandria Teen Life
Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for current events, resources, and facts from ACAP, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, and Alexandria Sexual Assault Center.
- Teen Source - My Health, My Future, My Plan
- Scarleteen: Sex Education for the Real World
- Go Ask Alice!
- Advocates for Youth
- Sex, Etc.
- Wanna Know: Sexual Health and You
- Planned Parenthood - Info for Teens
Condoms & Birth Control
Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
- Safe Space NOVA
- The Trevor Project - The leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth
- Side by Side (formerly Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth ROSMY)
- Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), Washington, DC
- Coming Out in Middle School - NY Times Article
- Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force
Pregnant & Parenting Teens
For Parents & Guardians
Healthy Conversations Dinners
Healthy Conversations is an interactive workshop featuring an evening of guided conversations with parents and their teens about healthy decision-making and avoiding risky behaviors. Dinner, childcare and interpretation are provided. This workshop is presented with ACPS Family and Community Engagement Center, Stop Child Abuse Now, Substance Prevention Coalition of Alexandria and ACAP.
Social Media – ACAP
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for resources and events.
Parent & Guardian Resources
- Planned Parenthood for Parents
- Talking about Sex: FamilyEducation.com
- Kids Health for Parents
- Real Life, Real Talk
- Talk with Your Kids
- PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) | Metro DC PFLAG | Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for information on local chapters and support groups
- Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children - A brief by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of The Family Acceptance Project
For Service Providers
Workshops, Trainings and Technical Assistance
ACAP offers support to community organizations through workshops, trainings, and technical assistance on topics regarding adolescent reproductive health, pregnancy prevention, puberty, parent-child communication, working with LGBTQ youth, developmental assets and positive youth development.
If you’re interested in receiving training on any of these topics or for more information, contact Lisette Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Media – ACAP
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for resources and events.
Service Provider Resources
- Advocates for Youth
- Power to Decide
- Sex, Etc.
- GLSEN– Gay, Lesbian, Student Education Network
- Search Institute
Personal Responsibility Education Program Grant (PREP)
The Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy was awarded a Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grant in September 2012 and again in January 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to implement teen pregnancy prevention evidence-based programming. The primary objectives of the PREP Grant are to delay sexual activity, increase condom and contraceptive use for sexually active youth and/or reduce pregnancy among youth. This is done through a focus on abstinence and using contraception and condoms for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, along with an emphasis on preparing youth for adulthood. Currently, ACAP PREP Grant partners implement one of four evidence-based curricula: Be Proud! Be Responsible!, Becoming A Responsible Teen, El Camino, orDraw the Line, Respect the Line. In 2019, the ACAP PREP Grant programs reached over 3,000 youth.
Through the PREP Grant, ACAP partners with Capital Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP), whose organization is dedicated to providing the Northern Virginia area with Fatherhood and Teen Pregnancy Prevention programs. CYEP implements Becoming A Responsible Teen (BART) with primarily African American, male athletes who attend T.C. Williams High School. CYEP implements Be Proud! Be Responsible!, Becoming a Responsible Teen, and El Camino at: T.C. Williams High School, TC Williams Satellite Campus, Juvenile Detention Center, Sheltercare (a residential facility that provides a safe a structured environment, counseling/skill building, education and crisis intervention services for primarily court involved adolescents in the City of Alexandria and surrounding counties), Community Lodgings, the Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys and Girls Club, and the City of Alexandria’s Recreation Centers.
ACAP also partners with Alexandria City Public Schools to administer Draw the Line/Respect the Line to all 6-8 graders during Physical Education/Health classes at the middle schools.
Adulthood Preparation Subjects are provided to ACAP PREP Grant youth participants. ACAP partners with Virginia Cooperative Extension for an interactive lesson on financial literacy. The City of Alexandria’s Department of Community and Human Services’ Sexual Assault Center provides sessions on healthy relationships using the Safe Dates curriculum and ACAP’s Peer Educators also facilitate a workshop on sexual health, the importance of self-care, and healthy communication to many PREP sites.
ACAP’s goal is to supplement the evidence-based curriculum with strategies that help adolescents develop brain-strengthening habits, resulting in the ability to reduce risky behaviors and impulsive decision-making, such as early and unprotected sexual activity.
For more information or to find a program, contact Rachel Philpott at email@example.com.
Alexandria Teen Pregnancy Rate Declines
ACAP is pleased to announce that the teen pregnancy rate for the City is at its lowest in recorded history. Teen pregnancy in the City of Alexandria dropped 21% from 17.3 for every 1,000 girls ages 10-19 in 2016 to 13.7 in 2017. The continued improvement in Alexandria’s teen pregnancy rate reflects an unwavering dedication to reduce teen pregnancy through evidence-based approaches and strong alliances between City agencies and community partners. The positive improvements seen in recent years are influenced by the daily efforts of ACAP in partnership with Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), the Alexandria Health Department (AHD), the Teen Wellness Center (TWC), the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), Alexandria Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Sexual Assault Center, Capital Youth Empowerment Program, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, Partnership for Healthier Alexandria, Community Lodgings, Healthy Families and Neighborhood Health. Click HERE to see the data presentation that was provided by Dr. Stephen Haering, Director of the Alexandria Health Department, at a meeting in earlier in the year.
Wrap Up, Alexandria
“Wrap up, Alexandria” is a condom distribution program aimed to make condoms more readily available to the community through strategically placed condom dispensers throughout the City of Alexandria. This program is designed to help people, especially young people, make positive choices about their sexual health.
ACAP initiated this program, together with the City and many community partners, to combat a multi-year increase in sexually transmitted infections among youth and other at-risk populations.
This condom distribution program is not a stand-alone effort. ACAP works to educate youth and their families on sexuality education and pregnancy prevention throughout the city. ACAP targets high-risk populations and coordinates with Alexandria City Public Schools to equip all youth with comprehensive sexuality education and skills to prevent pregnancy and STIs.
About Condom Distribution Programs
- According to the CDC, research has shown that condom distribution programs:
- Increase condom use, condom acquisition, and condom carrying
- Promote delayed sexual initiation or abstinence among youth
- Provide cost-effective and cost-saving outcomes on future medical care costs by preventing HIV infections
- Significantly affect condom use behaviors and help reduce HIV/STD risk among a wide range of at-risk groups