Teen Outreach Program

    • The Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is an evidence-based youth development program that seeks to equip students with the skills they need to be successful. The program focuses on several topics:
      • Values
      • Relationships
      • Communication/Assertiveness
      • Influence
      • Goal-Setting
      • Decision-making
      • Human Development and Sexuality
      • Community Service Learning
    • Currently, Boone County has 9 TOP Clubs (Jefferson Middle School, Oakland Middle School, Hickman High School, Rock Bridge High School, Douglass High School, Battle High School, Sturgeon High School, Harrisburg Middle School, and Harrisburg High School). Each club meets weekly for group discussions, activities, and team building. They also work together to complete 20 hours of service learning. As students are learning life skills, they are able to immediately put them into practice through services.
    • The TOP curriculum has been tested nationally to be effective and has experienced the following results:
      • Evidence-Based Outcomes (1)
        • 52% lower risk of school suspension
        • 60% lower risk of course failure
        • 53% lower risk of pregnancy
      • Observed Outcomes
        • 60% lower risk of school dropout (2)
      • (1) Philliber Research, 2001. “Who Benefits Most From A BroadlyTargeted Prevention Program”

        (2) Joe Allen, “Escaping the Endless Adolescent” 2009.

    • Columbia Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services partners with the Youth Community Coalition and the Columbia Housing Authority to make this program successful.