Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Inc.
“Our efforts are not just merely implementing programs for youth, but setting a standard of excellence that ensures quality and professional services for the youth and families that we serve. It is my desire to keep the communities we serve informed of all of our program services and activities. This website is just another way of connecting and keeping in touch.”- Dr. Evelyn W. Jossell , C.E.O.
"A decade of making a difference one child at a time."
Youth Opportunities Unlimited Delta D.R.E.E.A.M. Recognizes the month of May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
As part of the President's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), CDC is partnering with the Federal Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) to reduce teenage pregnancy and address disparities in teen pregnancy and birth rates. The OASH Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is supporting public and private entities to fund medically accurate and age appropriate evidence-based or innovative program models to reduce teen pregnancy. Youth Opportunities Unlimited Delta DREEAM Program is a non-profit organization that serves seven counties in the Mississippi Delta (Quitman, Coahoma, North Panola, West Tallahatchie, Bolivar, Sunflower and Washington Counties) by using “Aban Aya” a scientific based curriculum to empower youth to make healthy life choices, obtain refusal skills to avoid drugs, tobacco and alcohol, and to provide youth with instruction in Character Education. From the lessons taught, students will gain an understanding about what constitutes a healthy relationship and how to resolve unfavorable conflicts.
This month, we are celebrating the work that our youth mentors are doing in their schools, community and faith based settings. The Youth Mentors have worked with their Mentees in being a positive role model, assisted with their homework, attended cultural outings, and helped promote the avoidance of unhealthy practices. Youth Mentors have written their views on why it is important to prevent teen pregnancies. Some excerpts from the essays submitted:
“Parenthood is the leading reason why teen girls drop out of school; after all, it's really difficult to juggle homework and a baby."