The Austin School District recently received a $2.9 sex education grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . The district will work with Lifeworks and Planned Parenthood to provide sex education to prevent teen pregnancy. The grant will fund the program, REAL Talk. To learn more about this program, read the article in full.
Austin Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said Friday that the program is important because “teen pregnancy is a major factor in the dropout rates in high schools and even middle schools in our district, across Texas and across the country.”
What is TAP doing to help? Our Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble is a program that was created, in collaboration with SafePlace Austin to help address students their age on topics such as dating violence and drug and alcohol abuse.
Teenagers have a lot to say when it comes to these crucial questions they face every day. TAP’s Youth Theatre Ensemble give teens the chance to creatively explore these issues with the guidance of TAP’s trained teaching artists and other community experts. Using knowledge gained during the program and their own life experiences, the teens create original theatrical performances for families, friends, and peers.
Check out the recent documentary on Changing Lives!