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Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study

Appendix A: Program Descriptions

Parenting Program

The program of the Family Service Center was announced on October 18, 1996. Its theme was “Survival Training for Parents,” an attempt to mentor parents in family skills. Collaborating with the Family Service Center is the Columbia Housing Authority (CHA), Boys/Girls Club, Baptist Medical Cen- ter, and the Volunteer Action Center of the Midlands. Each organization had specific responsibilities: the Family Service Center was to develop and de- liver the training, screen parents and children for group services, evaluate their efforts, and maintain records; the CHA was to provide sites, distribute publicity, identify and refer clients, recruit volunteers (especially senior citi- zens), and develop transportation through church volunteers; the Boys/Girls Club was to identify a pool of 48 teenagers to attend child care training and to coordinate a “pot luck” dinner every night the group met through volun- tary associations and churches; the Baptist Medical Center was to provide teenagers with training in child care; and, the Volunteer Action Center was to recruit eight volunteers to serve as leaders for children’s activity.

The first site was Henley Homes and the plan was to involve 16-18 parents. Latimer Manor, another housing site, fielded a similar program in January, 1997. Baby sitting was provided, if required. Since most of the parents were residents of the housing development in which the program was held, trans- portation was not required. During the first session 100 percent of the clients were in the 18 to 34 year old age range; all were at or below the poverty level, and all were women.

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

Planned Parenthood of South Carolina initiated its “Rising Stars: Teens To- gether for a Healthier Future,” a pregnancy prevention program for adoles- cents, in September, 1996. The first group is meeting at Latimer Homes and is serving eleven teenagers, four females and seven males, ages twelve to fif- teen years old. Activities include group discussions about self respect, life de- cisions, refusal skills, abstinence, human sexuality, and pregnancy and HIV/AIDS. Moreover, trips and other activities have included a youth day at a USC football game, skating, a visit to a museum, and attendance at a play. Associated groups include the mobilizers and residential police officers, local

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