In 2020, McMillen Health received funding from the Indiana Department of Health to implement three nationally recognized evidence-based programs throughout the Indiana counties of Blackford, Elkhart, Fulton, Jay, Kosciusko, and St. Joseph in an effort to reduce teen pregnancy. Over the next three years, McMillen Health will implement the Botvin LifeSkills High School and Transitions Programs to improve social, emotional, and foundational life skills in adolescents aged 13-19 in the school setting; #WoWTalk Café models in efforts to provide a transformative change in increasing engagement of teens and parents/caregivers; and the Adolescent Champion Model, a multi-faceted intervention designed to address a health center’s environment, policies, and practices to ensure that all aspects are centered around youth.
LifeSkills Training for High School Students
LifeSkills Training (LST) promotes positive mental health and personal development in adolescents. We provide two curricula options to serve all high school students’ needs. LST High School is 10 sessions and teaches 9th and 10th grade students the essentials of healthy living and effective communication skills that will serve them well as they gain more independence in their teen years. LST Transitions is a 6-session curriculum for 11th and 12th graders that helps prepare them for a healthy transition into young adulthood.
These curricula are formed around three key focus areas:
- Personal Self-Management
Decision-making and managing stress, time, and money
- General Social Skills
Strengthening communication skills, building and maintaining relationships
- Drug Resistance Skills
Understanding the consequences of substance use and risk-taking