Teen Outreach Program

The Teen Oureach Program is a working partnership with Norwich Public Schools, ASPIRE After School Program, Uncas Health District, and the Connecticut Department of Social Services.

The Teen Outreach Program was introduced in 1978 and is nationally recognized as a proven model effective in promoting the positive growth and development of youth. The program is offered in 17 states in the United States and reaches over 15,000 youths.

Evidence has shown that teens that complete this program have:

52% lower risk of school suspension

60% lower risk of course failure

53% lower risk of pregnancy

The program focuses on self-awareness and coping skills to deal with emotions that arise from peer pressures and accepting responsibility for yourself and your own choices; healthy behaviors in exploration of values, goal setting, life skills and relationships; creating a safe place for youth to participate and discuss difficult issues.

The Teen Outreach Program's primary intervention strategy is based in Community Service Learning (CLS)/Volunteering. CLS is a teaching method and youth development approach that enriches learning by engaging youth in meaningful direct, in-direct of civic action (advocacy)service i their schools and communities.

To learn more about the program offered in the Norwich Public Schools, please contact Patrick McCormack, DOH at 860-639-5130