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RAPPP: Pregnancy Prevention in New Bedford, MA

The RAPPP Program (Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention) is an adolescent pregnancy prevention program designed to be used within the curriculum of health or science departments of junior high and high school systems. The RAPPP curriculum is taught in middle and high schools throughout the South Coast, and resources are also available at a teen drop-in center located at the RAPPP offices at 166 Jenny Street in New Bedford.

Over the years, RAPPP has reached more than 47,500 teens and parents, including more than 27,000 teens through its in-school programs at senior and junior high schools across southeastern Massachusetts. All materials, models, staff support and training are free of charge to participating schools.

Call 508-995-0306 to learn more or to find out how you can get involved with RAPPP in New Bedford, MA.

Pregnancy Prevention Classes from Southcoast Health

The RAPPP Program has many ongoing programs based on a pregnancy prevention curriculum that covers these topics and more:

  • Life goals and ambitions
  • Decision making skills
  • Female reproductive system
  • Male reproductive system
  • Abstinence
  • Contraception
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Signs and symptoms of pregnancy
  • Teratogens (agents that cause potential birth defects)
  • Labor and delivery
  • Newborn appearances
  • Parenting
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Financial responsibilities

Explore Our Programs

ACT: Adults & Children Together Against Violence

  • Program designed for parents, teachers and caregivers of children ages zero to nine 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 nine to 14

“Making Proud Choices”

  • 20-hour program for middle school-aged children ages 11 to 14
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention and HIV/A curriculum

RAPPP Program

  • 20-lesson program that is integrated into a school’s health or science curriculum
  • RAPPP staff teach the course at the onset with health/science teachers observing. When teachers are comfortable with the curriculum, they take over teaching the course.
  • RAPPP staff continues to instruct and support health or science education faculty and a cadre of peer leaders.

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 biweekly 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.

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.

The RAPPP Youth Counsel also runs an 84.org group which focuses on promoting messages that deter teens from tobacco use. The 84 represents the 84% of teens who do not use tobacco. The youth have engaged in a number of projects including advocacy for smoking restrictions for youth and educational programs on smoking ads that target teens.

Teen Drop-In Center

RAPPP runs an after-school, drop-in center located at the RAPPP offices at 166 Jenny Street in New Bedford. Teens can find a number of resources along with homework help with tutors and support by trained staff. Over 1500 teens regularly visit the center each year.

Any questions on how to become part of the RAPPP Youth Council can be sent to rapppslh@gmail.com.

Southcoast Health provides many resources for teens in our community, including pregnancy prevention with RAPPP in New Bedford, MA and surrounding areas.