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The RAPPP Program (Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention) is an adolescent pregnancy prevention program designed to be used within the curriculum of the health or science department of high school systems.

All materials, models, staff support and training are free of charge to participating schools.

RAPPP Program

The RAPPP Program has many ongoing programs based on teen pregnancy prevention, parenting, fatherhood training, violence prevention, youth risk behaviors prevention curricula and more.

ACT ~ Adults and Children Together Against Violence

  • Program designed for parents, teachers, and caregivers of children ages 0 to 9 years old.
  • Raises awareness and educates adults and communities about their important role in creating an environment that protects children from violence.

Guiding Good Choices

  • Drug abuse prevention curricula incorporating both parents and children ages 9 to 14.

"Making Proud Choices"

  • This 20-hour program for middle school-aged children ages 11 to 14 .
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention and HIV/A curriculum.
  • Incorporated within the curricula of RAPPP Camps and RAPPP Camps after school.
  • The RAPPP staff facilitates this program.

RAPPP Program

  • 20-lesson program that is integrated into a high school's ninth or 10th grade health or science curriculum.
  • Hospital staff nurse educators teach the course at the onset with health/science teachers observing. When teachers are comfortable with the curriculum, they take over teaching the course.
  • Hospital staff continue to instruct and support health or science education faculty and a cadre of peer leaders.

Parenting Worskships

  • Click here to find out more information for parents.

One of RAPPP's most important tools is the remarkable infant simulator doll called "Baby Think it Over."

The realistic experience created by parenting the simulator for a weekend alerts young adolescents to the true personal dimensions of having a baby.

RAPPP Youth Council

The RAPPP Youth Council is a team of students from a variety of different middle and high schools in the Greater New Bedford area ranging from ages 13 to 17 that meets bi-weekly to discuss and act on ways to better our community.

The RAPPP Youth Council is led by existing RAPPP Peer Liaisons, who are responsible for recruiting participants, running meetings and recording minutes.

The council formulates a plan to recruit participants, under the guidance of program staff, and actively recruits from within their communities, schools and social circles to sit on the RAPPP Youth Council each year.

Participants are instructed in a civic engagement curriculum and are responsible for creating several youth-driven community service projects in the Greater New Bedford community throughout the year.

And although this is a volunteer opportunity, participants are rewarded in the form of field trips and other rewards of their choosing. This is a great learning experience in addition to looking good on college applications!

Any questions on how to become part of the RAPPP Youth Council can be sent to

Intergenerational Projects

  • The Intergenerational Projects are seasonal events sponsored by the RAPPP Program and supported by our Youth Council to unite two generations in social settings to form relationships and to see that they truly do have more in common than they may think
  • Seniors and youth both enjoy attending the events and look forward to enjoying each other's company in settings such as summer barbeques, baseball games, formal day cruises, and holiday parties.

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Curriculum

  • Life goals and ambitions.

  • Decision making skills.

  • Female reproductive system.

  • Male reproductive system.

  • Abstinence.

  • Contraception.

  • Sexually transmitted infections.

  • Signs and symptoms of pregnancy.

  • Teratogens.

  • Labor.

  • Birth.

  • Newborn appearances.

  • Parenting - a full-time job.

  • Roles and responsibilities.

  • Lifestyle changes.

  • Financial responsibilities.


RAPPP Program
1208 Ashley Boulevard
New Bedford, MA 02740

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