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TEEN EMPOWER INC

Helping young people make healthy life choices

aka Teen emPower! Inc.   |   Oklahoma City, OK   |  www.teenempower.org

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Mission

Our Mission: To empower, educate, and motivate teens to make informed decisions for their sexual health. Our Values: EMPOWER - We give teenagers the knowledge, skills, and confidence to protect their health, build positive relationships, and expand opportunities for their future. EDUCATE - We partner with schools, parents, caring adults, and teens to provide a safe space to talk about sexual health. MOTIVATE - We encourage people to speak up, and take actions that support a healthy lifestyle and maintain positive relationships.

Notes from the nonprofit

We've been doing this for 20 years! Peer Education is an effective strategy for delivering knowledge to teens because it improves social skills and promotes healthy behaviors. Peer Educators help make program content more relatable, helping the learning "stick" and increasing teens' motivation to use what they have learned. Our programs are fully evidence-based and proven to work. Oklahoma County’s teen birth rate (ages 15-19) has decreased by over 50% during the past decade, thanks to the efforts of Teen Empower and its partners. While we’re proud of this accomplishment, the state’s rate remains far too high. Oklahoma has the 5th highest teen birth rate in the nation, and Oklahoma County has the largest number of teen births each year.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Kimberly Molitor

Main address

PO Box 18652

Oklahoma City, OK 73154 USA

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EIN

01-0803393

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Teen birth rates are considered a key indicator of the health and well-being of children and youth. Oklahoma continues to have one of the highest teen birth rates in the country, ranking 5th in the nation in 2022. (Source: CDC/National Center for Health Statistics. http://healthyteensok.org) Until recently, Oklahoma had no requirement for health education and remains one of 21 states that does not require any sexual health education in middle or high school. The consequences of teen pregnancy and parenting can include low education attainment, lack of employment skills, serious health problems, family instability, and poverty- often for a lifetime. Other issues for young people resulting in a lack of quality sexual health education can include unhealthy relationships, dating violence, STI's, sexual victimization and sexual abuse.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SHAPE (Sexual Health And Peer Education)

Sexual Health And Peer Education Program (SHAPE), Teen emPower!'s innovative peer education program model, recruits and trains high school students to serve as presentation teams for classroom lessons on social and peer pressure, media messages, and assertiveness skills for 7th grade students. Using older teens as facilitators creates a positive and powerful impression on the middle school participants, because they feel the older teens can relate to their lives and experiences. Evaluations have consistently highlighted the use of peer educators as an important factor in the success and impact of the SHAPE program.

The SHAPE peer education program:
• Uses well-trained, local high school students to present information to middle school youth in ways that are engaging, realistic, and authentic, which increase the student’s consumption of the material.
• Provides content that is relevant and developmentally appropriate for the young audience to receive and for peer educators to facilitate.
• Involves careful planning in selecting and training peer educators.
• Includes on-going monitoring and support of the program facilitation and content delivery by an experienced adult educator.
• Is an exceptional learning experience for both the middle school participants and the peer educators, as they gain knowledge, skills, and confidence, while modeling positive health attitudes and behaviors

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Health
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status

Teen emPower! is one of two major program delivery partners for REACH, a federally-funded project designed to improve adolescent health and reduce teen pregnancy by providing effective health education programs, youth-designed support services, and related youth engagement activities. Program sites are the middle and high schools located in a 7-zip code geographic area in Oklahoma County that includes three school districts: Crooked Oak, Mid-Del, and OKCPS. REACH puts youth at the center of this school-based initiative as leaders and true partners in its prevention, health promotion, and youth development activities.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Social and economic status

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Community Partner 2022

University of Central Oklahoma

Volunteer Service Award 2022

Oklahoma Public Health Association

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of community-based organizations providing primary prevention services in unintended pregnancy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

REACH (Reproductive Education And Community Health)

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Teen Empower is the only direct-service nonprofit in the Oklahoma City metro area with an 20 year record of success providing high-quality sexual health education for middle and high school youth, helping to empower, educate and motivate teens to make informed decisions for their sexual health. Teen Empower’s programs have served more than 23,000 students in the Oklahoma City, Mid-Del and Crooked Oak school districts, many of whom face a disproportionate burden of health, education and economic disparities.

Births to teens in Oklahoma County have been reduced by over 50% during the last decade, due in part to Teen Empower's innovative peer education program, effective school and community partnerships and collaborative approach to promoting adolescent health. Our programs are provided in core Science classes at five middle schools and two high schools located in zip codes with some of the highest poverty and teen birth rates in the metro area. Evaluations by university research teams have continued to document the positive results and success of our programs.

Teen Empower partners with Oklahoma County schools to empower, educate, and motivate students to make healthy choices. The Evidence-Based Programs (EBP’s) we teach are designed to give teens information, skills, and confidence to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancy, HIV and other STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases). We implement these programs in 6th, 8th and various grades in high school.

In the 8th grade classrooms, we provide the innovative peer education program, SHAPE (Sexual Health and Peer Education), which helps middle school youth build confidence and decision-making skills in managing social and peer pressures, media messages, and relationships. Since 2008, more than 200 high school peer educators and 13,000 middle school students have participated in this popular and successful program.

As a project partner of Project REACH from 2020-2023, a three-year school and community partnership focused on quality sexual health education, teen health services, and youth leadership opportunities for middle and high
school students in Oklahoma County, Teen Empower provided evidence based programs (EBPs) and other health promotion activities to over 7,000 students in seven middle schools and four high schools in the Oklahoma City, Mid-Del, and Crooked Oak districts. The project was coordinated by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD), with the program evaluation conducted by the Hudson College of Public Health (HCOPH), University of Oklahoma.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TEEN EMPOWER INC

Board of directors
as of 05/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Lori Mathena

Tonya White

1st Vice Chair

Anissa Core

Treasurer

Aquilah Ahmad

Secretary

Kate Burum

Director

Terry Dennison

Director

Kelli Lynch

Director

Danny Morton

Director

Dave Rowden

Director

Lori Mathena

Chair

Ashley Cheyney

Director

Anissa Lynch

Director

Judy Scott

Director

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/20/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/20/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.