The Pathways/Senderos Center was established in January 1993. The
community-based program targets poverty-stricken youth and their
families in New Britain for comprehensive, holistic services designed
ultimately to prevent teen pregnancy.
Our program is based upon a highly successful Harlem (NY) program
begun in the 1980s by Dr. Michael Carrera and the Children’s Aid
Society. Dr. Carrera, who served as a consultant to our program, uses
a case management approach to provide long-term, intensive services
for youth and their families.
The program model includes seven integrated components: academic
support; career preparation; family life and sex education; violence
prevention; recreation/lifetime sports; health care referrals; and self-
Our methodology involves creating a parallel family structure at the
Center. We make sure the children feel safe, welcomed and nurtured,
so that learning and skill-building occur. In order to interrupt the
intergenerational cycles of teen parenting and poverty, our staff strives
to develop in each child:
-the competency and motivation to achieve success;
-the competency and motivation to avoid early parenthood;
-the capability to envision a pathway to a hopeful future that includes
education and careers, rather than parenting too soon.
Research shows that children born to teen parents are more likely to:
-live in poverty;
-fail in school;
-suffer family violence
and sexual abuse;
-become teen parents.
Recognizing the significance of these facts, our program is designed to
stop the intergenerational cycles of teen parenting.
Pathways/Senderos Center serves girls and boys, ages 10-18, from the
inner city poverty-stricken, high-risk areas of New Britain. All of the
youth are at high risk for becoming teen parents:
-They come from poor families with undereducated parents (most are
-Many have severe academic problems and long-standing negative
relationships with the schools;
-Many are siblings of teen parents;
-Many are children who were born to teen parents.
|Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention Inc.
|Pathways/Senderos Center is evaluated
annually by Philliber Research Associates.
To eliminate teen pregnancy by addressing its root causes, assuring
high school graduation, and promoting adult self-sufficiency. We
provide long-term, comprehensive, holistic service by creating a
parallel family structure with neighborhood youth and parents.
Our motto: Diplomas Before Diapers.
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