Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®)
Florida Department of Health in Glades County
- (863) 946-0707
P.O. Box 489
1021 Health Park Drive
Moore Haven, Florida 33471
Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®)
In partnership with the Children's Network of Southwest Florida, a certified replication partner of Wyman's Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®), the Florida Department of Health provides the Glades County community and school district with TOP®. Our goal is to maximize positive youth development, improve academic success, and reduce teen pregnancies.
What is TOP®?
Wyman's Teen Outreach Program® is a comprehensive youth development strategy that promotes the positive development of adolescents through a combination of curriculum-guided group discussion and community service learning. The program provides teens with the necessary supports and opportunities to prepare for successful adulthood and avoid problem behavior.
TOP® utilizes the Changing Scenes curriculum© in a classroom or a community setting. The curriculum features four flexible levels of curriculum, as well as an integrated community service learning guide. The four levels of curriculum are age-appropriate to the needs of adolescents enrolled in middle and high schools, are designed to be interactive, engaging and cover a wide variety of developmental topics of interest to teens.
Central to the success of the program is the community service learning component, requiring each student to participate in a community service project for a minimum of 20 hours. Class and project time is provided for each student to easily participate.
There are three goals in Wyman's TOP® that are the objectives for the youth participants. They include:
- Healthy Behavior: TOP® helps young people develop health behaviors needed for achievement in school as well as life-long goals.
- Life Skills: TOP® helps young people acquire valuable life skills to develop the necessary competencies and capacities to grow into the healthy, self-sustaining adults we all want them to be!
- Sense of Purpose: TOP® gives young people a sense of purpose through reliable opportunities that allow them to contribute in meaningful ways through community service. A minimum of 20 hours of service is contributed toward a project of the teens choosing. Teens that complete
TOP® Participants Compared With Non-Participants:
- 60% lower risk of academic course failure*
- 52% lower risk of suspension*
- 53% lower risk of pregnancy or fathering a child*
- 60% lower school dropout risk**
* Allen, J. P. & Philliber, S. (2001). Who Benefits Most from a Broadly Targeted Prevention Program? Differential Efficacy Across Populations in the Teen Outreach Program. Journal of Community Psychology, 29 (6), 637-655.
**Allen, J. P., & Allen, C. W. (September, 2009). Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old. New York: Random House.
We are proud to be a part of Moore Haven Elementary School's 6th grade class.
Moore Haven Elementary School
401 Terrier Pride Drive
Moore Haven, FL 33471
For more information, parents or interested parties may contact Leo Rodriguez at the Department of Health in Glades County by calling (863) 674-4041, ext. 138.