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Austin School District receives grant for sex education

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!

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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