Continued Change Initiative (CCI)
APC’s CCI intends to reduce the rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by 15% over the course of a five-year period using four strategies to include:
- Initiating community mobilization utilizing the collective impact framework
- Increasing the capacity and technical assistance provided for community partners and APC’s network of members
- Continuing the diffusion of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs
- Developing strong internal strategies for teen pregnancy prevention
- 6,000 youth ages 13-19 over a five year period (2015-2020)
- 5,000 additional youth, parents and community members through community outreach per year
- Project Goal #1: Reduce the rates of teen pregnancy among adolescents ages 13-19 residing within the project areas by 15%
- Project Goal #2: Reduce the incidences of STIs/STDs among adolescents ages 13-19 residing within the project area by 15%
- Burke County
- Jefferson County
- Richmond County
- Washington County
- Wilkes County
- Project AIM
- Making A Difference!
- Making Proud Choices!
- Be Proud! Be Responsible!
- Reducing the Risk
Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)
Family Self-Sufficiency Initiative
The Family Self-Sufficiency Initiative is an initiative developed by APC, Inc. and its partners in 2014 to assist families in Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia with building their capacity to become self-sufficient. The initiative addresses the high incidences of poverty using 3 mobilization activities to include:
- Poverty Simulation
- Bridges Out of Poverty Training
- Getting AHEAD Training
This initiative uses a multi-prong approach to include:
- Curriculum Training
- Lunch N Learn sessions
- Case Management
- Stress Reduction Therapy
The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people.
Bridges Out of Poverty Training
Bridges Out of Poverty is a book and an approach that helps employers, community organizations, social service organizations, and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way. People from all economic classes come together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who are moving out of poverty.
Getting AHEAD Training
This course provides a way for people who live in poverty to examine the impact that poverty has had on them as individuals, on their families, and on their communities. Program participants will complete the Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World curriculum.
Home Visiting Program
To help further the ongoing collaborative effort between APC, Inc. and its partners to strengthen the maternal and early childhood system in our community, APC, Inc. offers First Steps and Parents as Teachers under the Home Visiting Program, designed to support expectant parents and families of children ages birth to five in Richmond County.
This program is funded through the Georgia Department of Public Health funds provided through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
The two programs, First Steps and Parents as Teachers are described below.
First Steps Georgia is a parenting support service for all families who are expecting a child or who have children less than five years of age. Through this program, the Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc. will provide families with:
- Linkages and referrals to community support services
- Information in the areas of Maternal Health, Newborn/Child Health, Home and Child Safety, Community and Family Safety, School Readiness and Family Economic Self-sufficiency
The First Steps Coordinator links with families at various locations to include clinics, provider practices, DFCS, school system events for this age group, and community-wide events.
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an evidence-based home visiting model which provides expectant parents and families of children ages birth to five with parenting support, information and knowledge related to maternal health, newborn/child health, safety, school readiness and child development as well as linkages to community resources. In addition, screenings for early detection of developmental delays and health issues are also provided.
The PAT model also includes monthly group connection meetings which serve as a resource network for families through meetings with community organizations and agencies, health education and an opportunity to learn from and support each other in their parenting journey.
Families may enter the program at any point between the prenatal period and the child’s 3rd birthday and may stay linked with the program until the child enters Kindergarten. Parent Educators (APC staff) will conduct home visits using structured visit plans, an evidence-based curriculum, and guided planning tools for a minimum of two years per family.