TOP: Teen Outreach Program

teens jump-001Wondering how to stay on TOP in your life?

What plans do you have?

College? Work? Friends? Family? Change the world?

TOP® can help you achieve your goals!

Volunteers of America is thrilled to partner with Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program®, and plans to expand the program this fall. Learn about setting goals, communication, relationships and more!

Registration for 2014-15 opens July 1!

The perks:

  • Service Projects
  • Door prizes
  • New friends
  • Support and mentoring
  • Receive a backpack and school supplies with enrollment!

What is TOP®?

Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® has three essential goals:

1. Promote Healthy Behavior
2. Teach Life Skills
3. Promote Sense of Purpose

TTOP Logo - Defaulthe evidence-based program supports academics, but emphasizes life skills — resiliency, compassion, conflict resolution skills, and goal setting. Teens are divided by age groups and participate in clubs once a week for activities, discussion and volunteer service learning.  The program has proven to help teenagers stay focused on their future and succeed in school.

Who is eligible?

All Shreveport-Bossier residents between the ages of 12 and 17.

What is required?

  • Registration and a parent orientation
  • Weekly attendance at club meetings
  • Minimum of 20 hours of community service per year
  • A pre- and post-survey of what you’ve learned

What happens at the weekly meetings?

Lots of activities and discussion. You will be divided into groups according to your age, so you’ll be with your peers. This is YOUR group, and you steer the discussion. You also get to plan your own community service projects.

Where will the weekly meetings be held?

They are in community centers throughout Shreveport-Bossier. Some of that will depend on interest, so get your friends to register to have one in your neighborhood!

What does evidence-based mean?

That means studies have shown the following results in teenagers who participate in the TOP® program:

• 52% Reduction in the risk of suspension
• 60% Reduction in the risk of course failure
• 53% Reduction in the risk of pregnancy or fathering a child

How do I learn more?

Email Jennifer Stinson, TOP Coordinator, or call her at 221-8404.