Family Resource Center South Atlantic’s SRAE program (Youth mPOWER!) aims to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other related risky behaviors in 12 counties across North Carolina. Youth mPOWER! is geared to youth who are court involved (or at-risk for court involvement), adjudicated and residing at home or temporarily in youth detention centers, groups homes or other residential settings. Youth mPOWER! seeks partnerships with community and youth serving agencies that target court involved youth, JCPC programs that serve Level I and II disposition youth, and youth requiring court ordered supervision through the local juvenile justice division office. The goal of Youth mPOWER! is to reduce teen pregnancy, births and STDs by educating adolescents (ages 11-21) how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity. The program provides age-appropriate, objective, and medically accurate sexual health education to adolescents. Additionally, the program provides positive youth development activities, leadership and healthy relationships skills training to participants.

Choosing the Best is the primary Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) curricula. SRA Specialists engage youth in education and skills-building to improve their knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help them make decisions to refrain from non-marital sexual activity.

The following curriculums are as follows:

  • Choosing the Best WAY (6th grade)
  • Choosing the Best PATH (7th grade)
  • Choosing the Best LIFE (8th grade)
  • Choosing the Best JOURNEY (9th/10th grades)
  • Choosing the Best SOUL MATE (11th/12th grades)

Love Notes SRA is a curriculum that empowers youth with the skills needed to further their own personal development, form and maintain healthy relationships, and commit or recommit to leaving sex out of their youthful relationships while they work towards success in education and employment. The skills embodied in Love Notes SRA help youth stick to their intentions and reap the benefits associated with self-regulation. It appeals to young peoples’ aspirations, and supports them in cultivating a vision for love, intimacy, education, work, and family. The program assists and encourages youth in defining a context for sex that is personally meaningful and protective of their aspirations and goals in life, rather than simply following the cues of the popular culture.

Positive Youth Development (PYD) activities teach the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, career goal setting, and resisting sexual coercion and dating violence. The following PYD activities are: Career and Employment Readiness, Conflict Resolution, Anger Management, Dangerous Love (Sexual Coercion and Dating Violence), Healthy Relationships, Getting to Know Me (The Color of my Personality), Developing Good Leadership Skills, The Ten Lenses and Youth Mental Health… Disorders and Addictions.

SERVICE AREAS: Duplin, Onslow, Sampson, Edgecombe, Lenoir, Wayne, Vance, Halifax, Nash, Cumberland, Durham, and Wake


  • Jacqueline Kehinde, Program Director
  • Christina Mercer, Data/Education Specialist
  • Jalanna Avery, Education Specialist
  • Deyonna Long, Education Specialist