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El Camino goal-setting program

Child Trends is collaborating with Communities in Schools, a curriculum developer, school staff and teachers, community members, and students to develop and test a goal-setting program, El Camino, to reduce teen childbearing, increase educational achievement, and ultimately to reduce poverty among Latino youth. This project involves three stages: 1) develop a culturally relevant curriculum for Latino youth that links teen pregnancy and education/economic futures together, 2) demonstrate the intervention in diverse student populations to assess student acceptance, learning, changes in attitudes/behavior, and parent and faculty acceptance, and 3) pilot test a revised intervention, in preparation for a rigorous evaluation. The project is in stage 2 and is being demonstrated in the Washington, DC area.