Program Goals

The goal of the evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program is to promote healthy behavior, responsible decision making and increased opportunities for the commonwealth’s most vulnerable youth. Funding is not currently available for statewide services; therefore programs are targeted to communities with the state’s highest teen birth rates. The guiding principle is the investment of all community members in increasing the awareness and ownership of the risks, costs and problems associated with the complexity of teen pregnancy, in order to create local-driven solutions.

The health outcome goals of the program are:

  • Increased abstinence and delayed onset of sexual activity among pre-adolescent and adolescent males and females
  • Reduced rates of youth engaging in health-related risk behaviors including, but not limited to, risky sexual behaviors
  • Decreased incidence of teen pregnancies and births, STIs, and HIV infection

The primary target program population is:

  • vulnerable youth, ages 10 to 19
  • additional target audiences for broad-based education and awareness activities are parents, schools, agencies, and other community members

Who Benefits

Evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs focus on Youth ages 10-19 within targeted high teen birth rate communities. In FY13, funded programs served a total of 17,908 youth, parents and adults in high birth rate communities. In FY13, funded programs 11% youth served reported being involved with DCF.

Evidence-based Programs

Evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs are funded in select high-risk communities in Massachusetts to provide evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention services to at-risk youth. Programs are located in the communities of Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Springfield and Worcester. Community-based agencies and community health centers are replicating evidence-based programs to prevent primary teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV/AIDS, and early sexual activity among youth ages 10-19. Programs being replicated include Making Proud Choices, Teen Outreach Program (TOP), and Focus on Youth. These programs are culturally competent, evidence-based, medically accurate, and are designed to prevent teen pregnancy through comprehensive programming delivered through a public health approach.

Science-based Programs
Pregnancy Prevention Coalitions
School-based Programs

State-Funded Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs


Health Imperatives, Inc.


ROCA Inc. Chelsea


Cambridge Public Health Commission

Fall River

Citizens for Citizens


Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.

Holyoke and Chicopee

Girls Inc., Holyoke


Family Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc.


Lowell Community Health Center


Girls Inc., Lynn

New Bedford

Rapp Program/Southcoast Hospital Groups


You, Inc.


YMCA of Greater Springfield


Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center


This information is provided by Sexual Health and Youth Development within the Department of Public Health.