Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program

An Evidence-Based Practice


Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program is a comprehensive youth development program with the goal of reducing teen pregnancy among economically disadvantaged youth. The program serves youth in New York City, Baltimore, Washington D. C., Flint and Toledo. Generally, youth enroll at 13-15 years of age and participate in the program for at least three years. The program is offered after school, in community centers, for approximately three hours each day. Some sites have recently integrated the program into the school setting.

The program offers: (1) daily academic assistance, (2) a weekly career building class, (3) a weekly mental health class, (3) a weekly family life and sexual education class, (4) a weekly art/ self expression class, and (4) a weekly physical education class. The program also provides free medical and dental services. Participants receive health care, physical exams, counseling, and contraceptive options.

Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program is sponsored by the Children's Aid Society. It is funded through public and government support and fees for children's services from parents.

Goal / Mission

The Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program's goal is to provide comprehensive youth development services and reduce teen pregnancy among economically disadvantaged teenagers.

Results / Accomplishments

The Carrera program was evaluated from 1997-2004 using a large, multi-site randomized controlled trial at 12 urban community centers. All effects described are statistically significant at the 0.05 level.

Compared to the control group, Carrera females were 40% less likely to have ever been pregnant (15% vs. 25% of control), and 50% less likely to have ever given birth (5% vs. 10% control). For Carrera males, there was no significant effect on the likelihood of causing a pregnancy or fathering a child. At the seven-year follow-up, Carrera participants (male and female) were 30% more likely to have graduated high school or obtained a G.E.D. (86% vs. 66% control), and 37% more likely to be enrolled in college (63% vs. 46% control).

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Susan Philliber, Ph.D.
Philliber Research Associates
16 Main St.
Accord, NY 12404
(845) 626-2126
Health / Teen & Adolescent Health
Education / Higher Education
Children's Aid Society
Coalition For Evidence-Based Policy
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