Believe in Youth-Louisiana (BY-LA)
Believe in Youth-Louisiana (BY-LA) is a trauma-informed teen pregnancy prevention program that teaches age-appropriate sexual and emotional health to young people in Louisiana. BY-LA's curriculum is taught in a variety of settings including; middle schools, high schools, community based organizations, faith based organizations, after-school programs and juvenile justice institutions. The program's goal is to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy, birth rates, HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections in youth ages 11-19 in Louisiana's Regions 1 (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemine parishes) and 3 (St. John, St. Charles, St. James, Assumption, St. Mary, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes). BY-LA is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Office of Adolescent Health (OAH).
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Since 2015, BY-LA has reached 3,193 youth in Louisiana.
Since 2015, BY-LA has been implemented in 49 different partner sites.
BY-LA gets feedback from all youth participants to see how effective the program is and how satisfied young people are with the lessons. We also collect data to measure how many youth are enrolled in our classes, what they've learned, and whether or not they've changed their behaviors. Since the curriculum includes additional emotional wellness lessons designed by IWES staff, we also collect data on the emotional well-being of each student.
After taking BY-LA 98% of participants said that they would recommend the program to a friend and 94% felt more positively about themselves and their self-worth after being in the program. We also found that 74% of participants improved their HIV knowledge and 65% felt comfortable talking to a parent or adult about sex ed.
Developed during Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, BY-LA created the hashtag #AskBYLA to educate youth and partners about sexual and emotional health. BY-LA staff and healthcare providers shared videos of themselves answering questions either asked in class or sent online about sexual and/or emotional health.
Check back in for future installments of #AskBYLA!