Fostering growth and development across a teen’s life
A program of the Fulton County Board of Health, the SKYE Project provides teens and their parents and caregivers access to a range of programs, workshops, services and leadership opportunities designed to help youth protect themselves from unplanned pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections by supporting their growth and development across the many parts of their lives.
SKYE initiatives help to develop the skills, knowledge, and sense of empowerment teens need to make the decisions that will nurture and sustain their optimal health and overall wellbeing. Research shows that youth who feel empowered and strong will also make healthy, safe decisions around their sexual activity.
For both teens and the adults in their lives, having awkward conversations today is better than talking about how to treat a sexually transmitted infection or how to handle an unplanned pregnancy tomorrow. The curriculum SKYE uses contains the most up-to-date and accurate sexual health information. SKYE also provides supportive services to help teens protect their health, and to help parents and caregivers establish open and honest communication – all working together to empower their futures.
SKYE helps teens and their parents learn more about how to:
Protect against an unplanned pregnancy
Navigate critical conversations about sex
Establish healthy relationships
Build knowledge about sexual health
Develop and strengthen leadership skills
Because self-awareness and effective self-expression are key to healthy sexual decisions, our programs also put great emphasis on fostering personal growth and confidence. SKYE prepares teens to both protect themselves and build stronger, more meaningful connections and relationships.
The SKYE approach
The Fulton County Board of Health collaborates with schools, and youth-serving organizations, including after-school programs, faith-based organizations, and other community partners.
We offer no-cost, evidence-based sexual health education programs and a variety of free services that support the development of teens into healthy, self-confident adults:
Making Proud Choices and Positive Prevention Plus
Evidence-based curricula that provides teens with lessons about media and peer pressure, healthy relationships and life planning. It empowers young people to change their behaviors and encourages them to lower their risks by abstaining from sex or by using latex condoms and other contraceptives, if they choose to have sex. Educational sessions are informative and interactive.
“Plan A” video
23-minute entertaining and educational video for teen girls, created to reduce unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV. Plan A is evidence-based and the producers of this video collaborated closely with young women to make it highly relevant, engaging and effective.
Engaging educational workshops
Provide teens with interactive and valuable sessions on topics such as leadership, advocacy, self-expression, and financial literacy
For participants and their families, including assistance with school supplies, job readiness, college tours, educational retreats, referrals to behavioral health, tutoring and other basic needs.
A guide providing information on agencies that offer adolescent-friendly health services, mental health treatment, contraceptive services, STI/HIV testing and treatment, job readiness programs, and other resources to support youth.
Professional development training for youth-serving organizations
Through its network of training partners, the SKYE Project offers training sessions for community and faith-based organizations, schools, and other youth-serving organizations to help them cultivate environments that promote optimal health for teens. Trainings include Positive Youth Development, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Trauma-Informed Care.
Support to help health clinics become more teen-friendly
SKYE collaborates with the University of Michigan’s Adolescent Champion Model (ACM); and funds clinics to help them optimize their environment, policies, and practices to be youth-centered.
Ongoing collaboration with youth, families, and the community
To ensure that the SKYE Project is continually improving to meet the needs of youth, the Fulton County Board of Health actively engages the community, parents, caregivers and youth to collaborate on the project’s implementation, improvement, and evaluation.
The SKYE Council is comprised of youth who provide input on the project design to ensure the programs and activities meet the needs of the students we serve.
The SKYE Steering Committee includes community organization leaders, medical professionals, parents/guardians, school administrators, two members of the SKYE Council, and the Georgia State Health Policy Center. Together, they provide feedback to improve and enrich the SKYE Program.
The SKYE Project is supported by the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2,827,824 with 100 percent funded by OPA/OASH/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by OPA/OASH/HHS, or the U.S. Government.