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Children's Aid Society (CAS)-Carrera Program

Implementation Setting: 
After school program or community-based organizationHigh schoolMiddle school
Intervention Length: 
More than 20 sessions
Age Group: 
13 or under
14-17
Race / Ethnicity: 
All
Outcomes Affected: 
Recent sexual activityPregnancy or birth
Study Rating: 
High

Program Summary

The Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program is a seven-year program which relies on a holistic, youth development approach. The program recruits disadvantaged boys and girls ages 10 to 12 years old and follows them through high school and beyond. The Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program consists of seven required components, and is delivered by trained and certified staff. The program may be integrated into the school day or implemented after school and in community-based locations.

Read the full Implementation Report, which includes:

  • Program Overview
  • Program Components
  • Implementation Requirements and Guidance
  • Implementation Readiness Assessment

Interview with the Program Developer

See the materials below to hear from the program developer.

Children's Aid Society (CAS) - Carrera Program webinar slides

Slides, Audio, Transcript

Advice from the Field

OAH has compiled lessons learned and advice related to implementation and cost implications of Carrera from TPP grantees. The information below is intended to provide useful tips and overall feedback that organizations should consider when choosing and implementing Carrera.

Program Components

  • Parents and youth participants should be made aware of all of Carrera’s program requirements before officially registering to join the program since Carrera is a seven-year program and includes required recurring meetings (e.g., daily afterschool sessions, parent workshops).
  • Use the planning period of the grant to create a strategy to recruit a cohort of participants. Because Carrera is a seven-year program, you will need to be able to follow students as they move from middle school or junior high into high school. As a result, it is helpful to think about the locations of schools and plan for ways to retain youth as they progress through school.
  • Become familiar with health insurance options. It can be difficult to connect youth to the health components of Carrera when youth lack adequate health insurance coverage.
  • Consider developing teen centers to further engage older participants. These centers may help decrease the competition that arises between Carrera activities and extracurricular activities. When students get older, they may want to pursue additional and/or alternative extracurricular activities. Teen centers could make the Carrera program more attractive by making participants feel more comfortable with coming to an afterschool program as they get older.
  • Consider minor adaptations to make the Carrera curriculum more age-appropriate for older participants. For example, you might need to allow more flexibility for older youth to focus on interests outside of the Carrera program.
  • Consider minor adaptations to make the Carrera curriculum more accessible to participants with low literacy skills.
  • Consider making minor adaptations to incorporate the usage of social media (e.g., Facebook) to help engage and spread the word about Carrera to youth participants. This medium can provide participants with program information and statistics about teen pregnancy.

Staffing and Professional Development

  • Consider hiring a full-time social worker and a full-time teacher.
  • Provide staff with opportunities for ongoing technical assistance.
  • Realize that ongoing staff training is mandatory for the duration of the program as a part of Carrera’s fidelity management.

Stakeholder and Parent Buy-in

  • Develop relationships with school officials, administrative staff, faculty, and community members. These individuals can serve as advocates for Carrera and can help refer participants to the program.
  • Develop relationships and partnerships with local health care facilities. These partnerships may result in free dental and/or medical services for participants.

Cost/Resources

  • Consider budgeting for transportation services for participants. In communities that are less densely populated, it can be difficult for youth to attend programming or attend medical appointments, which are considered a part of the program
  • Allocate resources for Carrera’s annual technical assistance fees, which can be significant. Travel costs for trainers are not included in the annual fee, although some trainings can be provided remotely, eliminating the travel cost.
  • Partner with local organizations to increase access to sports opportunities to fulfill Carrera’s Lifetime Individual Sports component. Without partnerships, the cost of these activities can be prohibitive.

Read the research on the Carrera program on ASPE's website.

Content created by the
Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on
Friday, December 11, 2015