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What are some programs for helping at-risk teenagers?

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Programs intended to help at-risk youth include health classes, community youth and family services, and wilderness camps or expeditions. Successful youth programs provide good adult role models, positive experiences and opportunities for success.

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The CDC states that health classes in school help prevent risky health behaviors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, substance abuse, and tobacco use. Health programs also target risky sexual behaviors that often lead to HIV, STDs and unplanned pregnancies, and give kids tools to avoid behaviors that lead to violence.

Youth and family services use counseling, outreach, substance abuse prevention and intervention. Engaging at-risk youth and their families in services builds skills for coping and tools for participation in positive activities. Wilderness camps or expeditions take teens out of negative environments to work with them.

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