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For Immediate Release:
March 9, 2012


Southcoast RAPPP to offer Youth Development and Health Education camps for children, teens


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Southcoast Hospitals' Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention (RAPPP) Program is offering youth development and reproductive health education classes this summer for boys and girls ages 11 to 14 in a camp-style atmosphere.

The first session, "It's All About Me!," will focus on leadership development and personal responsibility. This session encourages and nurtures skills that will positively impact families and community through leadership, personal responsibility and civic engagement. The first session will run from July 9 through July 20.

The second session, "Reproductive Health and Teen Pregnancy Prevention," will educate teens about their bodies as it pertains to reproductive health, reproductive anatomy and physiology, sexually transmitted infection (STI) education, contraceptive options, signs and symptoms of pregnancy, refusal and negotiation skills and the use of an infant simulator. Topics will include puberty, abstinence goals and dreams, myths and facts, fetal development and the roles and responsibilities of teen parenting. The second session will run from July 23 through August 3.

The third session, "Survivor Camp," will prepare participants to respond in emergency situations and disaster preparedness. Participants will become CPR certified, basic first aid certified, learn home and outdoor safety, caring for children and siblings (babysitting), severe weather and natural disaster preparation and response and pandemic preparedness and responses. The third session will run from August 6 through August 17.

The program is directed by RAPPP's experienced health educators, who encourage participants to be proud of themselves, their families and their communities and to act responsibly. All sessions will include guest speakers, field trips and fun outdoor activities. Activities may include a New Bedford Bay Sox or Pawtucket Red Sox game, bowling, miniature golf, laser tag, museum visits and a harbor tour. The sessions will not duplicate each other, giving parents and guardians the option of enrolling their teens in for all three sessions.

The camps will be held Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the RAPPP Program Office, 1208 Ashley Boulevard in New Bedford. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m. to accommodate parents who must be at work for 7 a.m. The cost of each two-week session is $250 per person and includes morning and afternoon snacks (juice, breakfast bars, muffins or bagels) and all field trips. Upon successful completion of camp $100 of the fee will be refunded.

Brown bag lunches for participants are invited or parents may opt to purchase a meal plan for their teen at a cost of $25 per week (non-refundable). Meal plan will consist of sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, fries/chips, fruit, water and juice. Registrations are now being accepted, but enrollment is limited. For more information, or to download a registration form, please contact the RAPPP Program Office at 508-995-0306 or visit www.southcoast.org/rappp/camps.html. Scholarships are available in limited quantity.

About Southcoast RAPPP

The Southcoast RAPPP Program is an adolescent pregnancy prevention program designed to be used within the curriculum of the health or science department of high and junior high school systems. RAPPP also engages adolescents and young adults in the community through a number of outreach programs addressing youth risk behaviors.

Southcoast RAPPP has reached more than 84,000 teens and parents since its inception, including more than 50,000 teens through its in-school programs at area senior and junior high schools. Southcoast Hospitals Group — and specifically the Family Education Department at St. Luke's Hospital — developed, sponsors and administers the RAPPP Program in conjunction with school faculty and administration. All materials, models, staff support and training are free of charge to participating schools. Learn more about RAPPP at www.southcoast.org/rappp/.


Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
Pager: 508-387-2532
Fax: 508-961-5876
poyants@southcoast.org



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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

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