Early Childhood Education

Wyman’s evidenced based Teen Outreach Program® (TOP) is a positive youth development program
designed to help teens build educational success, life and leadership skills, and healthy behaviors and
relationships.

Impact:

Teens build and hone social and emotional skills, like managing emotions, problem-solving, decision-
making and empathy, which are proven to help them be successful during the teenage years, and also
later in life.

Teens improve academic performance, and lower risky behaviors like truancy and suspension that lead
to dropout.

Rigorous research, using randomized control and quasi-experimental methods, shows TOP works-
resulting in lower likelihood of pregnancy, risky sexual behavior, course failure, school suspension and
skipping school (Allen and Philliber, 1997; 2001; McBride et al., 2014; Walsh-Buhi et al., 2016). TOP has
been profiled as 'an exemplary social and emotional learning program for teens" by the Social and
Emotional Learning Challenge, a partnership with the Susan Crown Exchange and the David P. Weikart
Center for Youth Program Quality. Please visit https://wymancenter.org/top/ for the most updated
version of TOP's evidence based listings.

As a Certified National Replication Partner, CJFHC trains Facilitators in TOP's Positive Youth Development
approach. The core components of this approach include Weekly Peer Group Meetings, the TOP
Curriculum, meaningful Community Service Learning and High Quality Facilitation. The TOP Curriculum is
medically accurate, inclusive, trauma informed, culturally appropriate and developmentally appropriate
for teens aged 12-19. The curriculum focuses on 3 core content areas that work together as protective
factors, reducing the impact of risk and promoting positive youth development: Skill-building,
developing a sense of self and making connections.

CJFHC partners with School Based Youth Services, Community Based Organizations, Hospitals and School
Districts to implement TOP Clubs throughout the State of NJ. Check out what TOP has to offer at
https://wymancenter.org/top/.

The Teen Health Initiatives also offers: The ETR Curriculum-Reducing the Risk: Building Skills to Prevent
Pregnancy, STD and HIV. Students will learn how HIV and other STDs are transmitted and how teens can
best protect themselves. Abstinence—Choosing not to have sex — will be given as the best choice for
students to prevent pregnancy and STDs. Medically accurate information about other protection
methods will also be provided. Reducing the Risk is an evidence-based program.
Teens will learn refusal skills or ways to say NO without jeopardizing good relationships, but leaving no
room for misinterpretation or ambiguity about the decision to not have sex or refuse to have
unprotected sex.

They will also learn delay tactics and alternative actions or ways students can avoid a situation or delay
taking action until they have had time to decide what to do or say until they are more prepared to make
a decision.

Students will learn and practice ways to resist pressure to have sex. Communication and decision-
making skills will be taught throughout the lessons.

If you are interested in implementing TOP or RTR please contact the Program Manager at 732-937-5437.