BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge non-profit organization is set to host a program that seeks to prevent teen pregnancy by educating young men.
The "Wise Guys" program will educate African American males ages 14-18 about the responsibilities, consequences, and risks of sexual activity. The program will consist of ten sessions over five weeks and will address teen pregnancy using a curriculum that promotes group discussions and activities related to self-esteem, goal-setting, peer pressure, STDs, and relationships.
The program is open to all youth organizations that meet the program's age requirement. Participants must take a pre-test about issues involving teen pregnancy, followed by a post-test at the end of the program. Participants who complete the program will receive a stipend.
The sessions will take place at the Emerge Conference Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 12 and ending February 16.
Michael Victorian, president of 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge, says it's very important for the organization to make teenage males aware of the dangers and responsibilities of sexual activity.
"Louisiana is ranked fifth highest in the nation for teen pregnancy. We have to do a better job of educating our young men," said Victorian.
For more information about the "Wise Guys" program, contact Jean Rowley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225-356-9444.