Choctaw Nation SMART Program
The Choctaw Nation Better Beginnings Department received a five year Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) in July 2015. The OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program is a national, evidence-based program that funds diverse organizations that are working to prevent teen pregnancy prevention across the United States. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is the only tribe in Oklahoma that received this grant.
The Choctaw Nation SMART (Set Morals And Resist Temptations) Program will be implementing an evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention curriculum. Choctaw, McCurtain, and Pushmataha counties have some of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state of Oklahoma and will be the focus of this grant.
SMART teaches middle school (6-8 grades), high school (9-10 grades), and Alternative Education students to set personal goals, communicate personal limits to others, and seek parental input to decisions as well as hard facts about pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention. Offered during school hours in participating school districts, SMART lessons engage students with an active learning style, games, and parent engagement on homework assignments. All participating students must have parental consent to participate, and any data collected from youth is completely anonymous.
For more information about the SMART Program call 580-326-8304.