Dr. Michael Carrera Discusses ‘Above the Waist’ Approach to Pregnancy Prevention
Milwaukee has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation, and many community organizations are working to address its causes and effects as a high priority issue.
In partnership with Community Advocates and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, the nationally acclaimed Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program recently made its Wisconsin debut as part of the Darrell Lynn Hines Preparatory Academy located at 7151 N. 86th St. Its founder and director, Dr. Michael Carrera, visited Milwaukee Wednesday to share why he created the program, its longitudinal findings and how it will contribute to local teen pregnancy prevention efforts.
The Carrera program began 28 years ago through the Children’s Aid Society of New York and is an evidence-based program that helps young people avoid becoming parents before full adulthood. Dr. Carrera has implemented 50 adolescent pregnancy prevention programs in more than 20 states. Carrera is the only three-year fully funded evaluated teenage pregnancy program in the country with statistically proven effectiveness. It uses a long-term, comprehensive “above-the-waist” approach to ensure young people develop personal goals, improve their sexual literacy, and cultivate the desire for a productive future.
The Carrera program’s debut in Wisconsin was made possible through a partnership with Community Advocates and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human services. Implementation and operation of the program was awarded to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Club staff works with Hines Academy administration to deliver the Carrera curriculum to fifth and sixth grade students with current plans to follow them through eighth grade.