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Teen Outreach Program

Florida Department of Health in Manatee County

Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is a nationally recognized positive youth curriculum that encourages development in 3 areas:

  1. Healthy Behavior
  2. Life Skills
  3. A Sense of Purpose

The Florida Department of Health received a five year grant from the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to implement the Teen Outreach Program in high schools in 26 Florida counties.

TOP was specifically selected because it has been identified by the Department of Health and Human Services as an evidence-based model effective in reducing high-risk behavior among teenagers. It has been proven effective in increasing academic success and preventing teen pregnancy and other negative behaviors among youth. TOP's evidence-based outcomes have included a:

  • 52% lower risk of school suspension
  • 60% lower risk of course failure
  • 53% lower risk of pregnancy

In Manatee County, the curriculum will be implemented in the 9th grade HOPE classes over the next four school years. Three schools were randomly selected for the 2011/2012 school year TOP curriculum implementation: Manatee High School, Lakewood Ranch High School, and Southeast High School. Before the end of the 4 year curriculum, all six Manatee County high schools will receive the curriculum.

For more information about TOP please visit