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Believe in Youth Louisiana (BY-LA)

Louisiana (BYLA) is a program of the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES) that aims to reduce the rates of teen pregnancy, HIV, and other STIs among adolescents in Southeast Louisiana.

Believe in Youth-Louisiana (BY-LA) is a teen pregnancy prevention program that teaches age appropriate sexual and emotional health to La youth. BY-LA’s curriculum can be taught in middle schools, high schools, community organizations, faith based organizations, after school programs and juvenile justice institutions. The goal is to reduce rates of teen pregnancy, HIV, and other STD’s in children and young adults 11-19 in Louisiana’s Regions 1 and 3.

Upon completion of the BY-LA program youth will:

Increase their knowledge about stress

Increase their knowledge of positive coping mechanisms

Increase their knowledge of pregnancy and HIV/STI prevention

Understand the value of safer sex, with an emphasis on abstinence

Improve their ability (confidence) to negotiate abstinence/safer-sex practice

For more information or to schedule BY-LA implementation at your school, please contact Latisha Arbuthnot with Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge at 225-201-8888 or Shannon Cherry with Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge at 225-278-0378