Abstinence based teen drug, HIV, and pregnancy prevention project

The Foundation's program, New Jersey Health Initiatives, was designed to support projects in New Jersey that develop new approaches to resolving the state's health care needs, focusing on the Foundation's goal areas.The purpose of this project is to encourage inner-city youth to abstain from illegal drugs and sexual relations. Working with the Newark Board of Education and Rutgers University, the grantee will expand Teen Challenge and establish Best Friends clubs in all sixth grades at two Newark schools (targeting predominately black youth ages 11-14). Based on successful pilots in Washington, D.C., Teen Challenge aims to reduce alcohol and other drug use as well as immature sexual involvement and HIV risky behaviors; Best Friends matches girls with adult female mentors, helping to sustain and augment the newly learned attitudes. Program activities include education, weekly meetings, special events, community volunteering, referrals, and seminars with minority female leaders. In year one, approximately 100-120 girls will be enrolled; and in years two and three the program will expand to additional schools and continue to follow the initial group of sixth graders through high school.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $177,220.00

Awarded on: 5/26/1993

Time frame: 6/1/1993 - 5/31/1996

Grant Number: 22405


Freedom Foundation of New Jersey Inc.

190 Muhammad Ali Avenue, #205-9
P.O. Box 8007
Newark, 07108-8007


RoseMarie V. Peterkin
Project Director