Evaluation - LiFT: Linking Families and Teens
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI) (2015-present) will implement and evaluate LiFT: Linking Families and Teens, an innovative approach designed specifically for youth in rural communities to lower rates of teen pregnancy, increase use of contraceptives, and delay initiation of sexual activity. LiFT will lead to positive outcomes by increasing family connectedness through a systemic approach: 1) by providing Positive Youth Development (PYD) sexuality education to 9-12th grade youth; 2) by educating and supporting their parent/caregiver(s) in building a climate of trust and open communication about sexual health with their children; and 3) by providing resources and connections within the larger community for both youth and their parent/caregiver(s). This project will reach approximately 2,000 dyads in six states over five years. Using a randomized control trial, 1,000 dyads will receive the LiFT intervention, while an additional 1,000 dyads will be randomly assigned to control groups. Funding for this project and evaluation is from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health.