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Our Programs & Services

Healthy Futures believes positive youth development requires a multi-level approach. As such, Healthy Futures includes classroom-based education, peer education through after-school and summer programs, parent education workshops, school and community connections, and web-based resources. These programs provide a holistic, multifaceted approach promoting positive youth development. Healthy Futures is dedicated to …

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Meet Our Team

    Rhea Gordon, Executive Director Rhea is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Healthy Futures. She has twenty years of experience developing and cultivating youth through positive relationship education. Rhea specializes in empowering youth to make and maintain healthy choices, equipping parents and community stakeholders to support healthy youth …

Our Funders

Healthy Futures programming is currently made possible thanks to a multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Adolescent Health (OAH). In 2010, Healthy futures was one of 19 organizations in 14 states and the District of Columbia awarded a grant to research and …

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Resources for Parents

Healthy Futures strives to empower parents to be the primary educators concerning relationship education, sexuality, and high-risk behaviors. Our classroom programs are designed to reinforce and reflect messages that parents want their teens to hear. While it is may be difficult to initiate conversations with your teens regarding bullying, mental health, …

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Relationship Education

Nu-CULTURE (pronounced “new culture”) is the Healthy Futures classroom-based relationship education program for grades 6-8. Dedicated to Cultivating Urban Leaders Through Unique Relationship Education, this program provides youth with the tools and resources needed to make and maintain healthy choices and be positive role models in their communities. Nu-CULTURE is a 24 session program developed by Healthy …

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Bullying Prevention

Healthy Futures offers bullying prevention education at a classroom level or as an assembly. Healthy Futures bullying lessons are designed to: Increase students’ knowledge of different types of bullying (e.g., physical, verbal, or cyberbullying). Increase students’ knowledge of the risks and dangers associated with being a bully, being a victim …

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Dating Violence Prevention

Choose Respect, the Healthy Futures dating violence prevention program, uses content from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Choose Respect initiative. Choose Respect is designed to help students form healthy relationships and prevent dating abuse before it starts. Healthy Futures implements Choose Respect over two class sessions. Session 1 Introduction to …

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Resources for Youth

Healthy Futures provides a number of web-based resources for youth. The purpose of these sites is to provide a point of contact for students where they can access medically accurate information and support. The websites include limit setting skills; facts on puberty, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections; information about healthy relationships; and …

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Mental Health Promotion

Teen Stress: Time to ACT is the Healthy Futures mental health promotion program based on medically accurate material on teen stress, depression, and suicide prevention. These mental health promotion sessions use video content and the peer-to-peer help-seeking model from the award winning, nationally recognized Screening for Mental Health® program designed for middle school …

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After School & Summer Programs

Rhymin’ it Write (RIW) is the Healthy Futures after-school program for middle school students. Using poetry, writing, and other forms of artistic expression, students discuss steps to good decision making, how to set limits and boundaries, and healthy relationships. RIW is a 10-week after-school program culminating in a final presentation that demonstrates what the …