Delivered in St. Louis by Wyman, and across the country by our network of partners, the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) promotes positive youth development through a Social-Emotional Learning curriculum, community service learning, and supportive relationships with adults. Teens are empowered with the tools and opportunities needed to develop social-emotional skills; promote healthy relationships and community connections; develop a sense of purpose; and avoid risky behaviors.
TOP is a 9-month program that serves teens ranging from 6th grade through 12th grade. During the 2018-2019 school year, Wyman directly delivered TOP to 1,160 teens in the St. Louis area and 22,000 teens were reached nationally through our National Network.
This evidence-based program, supported by years of strong external research, integrates three core components:
- Interactive, engaging lessons from the TOP curriculum are facilitated during weekly group meetings. Lessons include content such as emotion management, problem solving, goal setting, and adolescent health and wellness. The curriculum is inclusive of youth from different backgrounds, and designed to be sensitive to trauma that participants may have experienced.
- Teens have opportunities to give back to their communities and practice the skills they have learned by engaging in community service learning. These opportunities result in increased confidence, purpose, and connectedness to their communities.
- Caring, responsive, and knowledgeable adult facilitators guide all group meetings and provide on-going support and coaching for students outside of those group meetings.
Currently, Wyman delivers TOP at Brittany Woods Middle School in The School District of University City, and at Johnson-Wabash 6th Grade Center and Wedgwood 6th Grade Center in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.