SHIFT NC

Alamance Youth Connected

Alamance Youth ConnectedAlamance Youth Connected (AYC) is an initiative of SHIFT NC, designed to reduce teen pregnancy, birth, and STI rates in Alamance County by engaging the community, schools, parents, healthcare providers, and young people in a systems-change approach to improving health. The three-year AYC initiative will provide support to the community through June 2023.

AYC aims to achieve the following goals by June 30, 2023:

  • A 5% reduction in pregnancy, birth and STI rates for all youth ages 15-19
  • A 10% reduction in pregnancy, birth and STI rates for Black and Latinx youth ages 15-19
  • Reach approximately 18,000 youth with evidence-based STI and pregnancy prevention programs

As a community-wide initiative, AYC is intended to make Alamance County a healthier place for all young people ages 11-19 and their families. AYC’s approach includes three components to address teen pregnancy, birth, and STI rates in the most effective ways: expanding evidence-based STI and pregnancy prevention programming, linking and connecting young people and their families to healthcare and other supportive services, and mobilizing the community through a Community Advisory Group, Youth Leadership Team, and parent engagement activities. In addition, AYC will designate additional resources to serve young people who are disproportionately impacted by teen pregnancy, birth, and STI rates, including Black and Latinx youth.

Alamance Youth Connected is funded by the federal Office of Population Affairs (OPA), a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information about the Alamance Youth Connected Initiative, contact Kia Thacker, Chief Program Officer, kthacker@shiftnc.org.