The Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) program is to enhance the skills and improve the health status of adolescents throughout the CoastalHealth District. The program provides various opportunities and programs for youth the district and continues to collaborate with families, communities, schools and other public and private organizations throughout the district to involve parents, youth, and others in promoting positive youth development.
The program strives to provide all youth ages 10 – 19 with the skills to be healthy, safe, educated, and employable. AHYD programs and services provide a network of support to help adolescents build the skills to live healthier lives and to reduce risky behaviors that will last into adulthood. AHYD-sponsored programs reinforce positive attitudes, healthy behaviors and activities, and reduce risk-taking behaviors, such as violence, substance abuse, poor school performance and sexual activity.
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP):
The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is a program through the Georgia Department of Public
Health (DPH) and is partnering with the Georgia Department of Families and Children (DFCS). The program provides youth aged 10-19 years old with resources and skills for pregnancy prevention and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the program is intended to change behavior, by delaying the onset of early sexual activity, to increase condom or contraceptive use for sexually active students and to reduce pregnancy among students. (Individualized lessons related to teen pregnancy and STI/HIV education is also available).
Media Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active is an interactive after-school education program designed for youth ages 11 to 13. The program is designed to empower young people to become aware of media’s role in influencing their nutrition and physical activity choices; to build their skills to make more informed decisions about being physically active and eating nutritious food; and to establish healthy habits that will last into adulthood. (Individualized lessons related to nutrition and physical activity is also available).
Additional Youth Health Related Presentations:
The Youth Development Coordinator is available to be a vendor at youth health related events or provide a limited amount of educational materials for your youth health related event. For more information regarding programs or related topics, please contact Ronique Thomas, M.S., Youth Development Coordinator, via email at Ronique.Thomas@dph.ga.gov or by calling 912-262-3028.