The Teen Connection Project (TCP), Wyman’s newest evidence-based program, was developed through a research to practice partnership between Dr. Joseph Allen at the University of Virginia and Wyman. TCP is designed to improve peer relationships, social-emotional skills, school engagement, and well-being among high school aged youth.
TCP is a 12-14 week program and for 9th through 12th graders. Teens meet in small groups weekly and use a guided curriculum to build positive relationships with peers and adults, and then share what they have learned within their schools, homes, and communities.
TCP is supported by evidence from a rigorous evaluation conducted by UVA, published in the journal Development and Psychopathology. The study, based on a sample of 610 high school youth, showed that TCP participation resulted in significant improvements in peer relationships, academic engagement, and use of social support to cope with stress, as well as lower levels of depressive symptoms. Read the full study here.
Since 2016, Wyman has delivered TCP to 353 teens in the St. Louis area. In 2019-2020, five partner organizations piloted the program with 86 youth in their communities. Between 2021-2023, we anticipate over 400 youth will be served in Missouri. This expansion of TCP is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.
Though 2020 required some adjustments to TCP, we successfully wrapped up our national pilot and piloted TCP virtually over the summer with Wyman Leaders teens. And, the public health crisis, and the accompanying social isolation, reminds us of the critical nature of connections and the potential harm that can be done when it is absent – especially among young people. Check out this guest blog we wrote for the Susan Crown Exchange, discussing the importance of connections and how programs like the Teen Connection Project can help develop healthy connections and increase social coping and academic engagement.
View our Teen Connection Project Logic Model.
To see all of our program outcomes, visit our Outcomes and Impact page.
Interested in replicating TCP? Visit our National Network’s website to learn more.