Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP)

CAPP (Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention) offers a range of services for at-risk teens ages 10 to 21 in targeted zip codes to address the issues surrounding teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. The focus is to improve access to health care, and to reduce risky sexual behaviors and teen pregnancy.

The Goals of the CAPP Program are to:

  1. Promote healthy sexual behaviors
  2. Ensure access to healthcare and
    family planning services
  3. Expand opportunities and provide
    support for youth
  4. Develop a coordinated plan for a
    community effort to improve the
    local environment for young people

From a range of skill building activities and employment, the CAPP program prepares young people with the mental tools to reach their full potential in their academics, careers, and relationships.

The Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Lockport CAPP programs focus on small group sessions to connect with each participant. The educational programs have a focus on the entire health of youth and teens, providing an understanding of risk-taking behaviors, and leadership development to establish exemplary behavior for the youth in their communities.

Every July and August, the BFNC CAPP program host a six-week Summer Enrichment Program, located in Buffalo NY at the BFNC Neighborhood House on the corner of Orange and Virginia Street. The program offers part-time paid employment for youth of ages 10-21. In addition to their work assignments, teens participate in a variety of workshops and weekly field trips to enhance their skills in academic studies, resume building, and financial literacy.

As the Buffalo weather begins to cool (or freeze), there are still several skill-building opportunities available for those involved in the CAPP program. Programs include the CAPP’s Rites of Passage Mentoring program offered to help guide teens to develop leadership skills, team-workers, and individuals who feel a sense of accountability within themselves and the community. With weekly gatherings, the program includes Neighborhood volunteer opportunities, weekend field trips and an overnight college tour to get young adults excited to start their next step in collegiate planning.

With a variety of local service sites accompanied by the array of opportunities for Buffalo’s youth, the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers ensures a program that’s focus is in educating our future leaders and paving the way for their success.