What We Do

Aspire exists to share the life-changing message of healthy relationships by providing youth with the skills & encouragement needed to avoid risky behaviors and make healthy choices.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

We aspire to engage and unite our community to impart an optimal health message that develops youth who are educated, equipped, and empowered to build healthy relationships and families. 

Aspire believes that teens are inherently valuable! We know that if adults set the bar (expectations) high for them while providing quality relationship education, clear and consistent guidance, encouragement, and support they are fully capable of meeting those expectations.

We also know that teens face many obstacles as they move toward their future hopes and dreams. Many participate in high-risk behaviors and face two critical health issues:  teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. STDs take a particularly heavy toll on young people. The CDC estimates that youth ages 15-24 account for almost half of the 26 million new sexually transmitted infections that occurred in the United States in 2018. Births to teens in our community, although decreased, continue to be a critical public health issue that is closely linked with a host of other behavioral health and social issues: poverty, substance use, mental/emotional health, eating disorders, injuries, violence, self-harm, suicide, school suspensions, abuse, and sexual violence. (Floridacharts.com: School-aged Child and Adolescent Profile-2019-Citrus County). 

We provide relationship education because at the root of these health and social issues are typically unhealthy and broken relationships. 

Center for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/std 2021
Florida Charts www.floridacharts.com 2019

HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO

Aspire programs promote healthy relationships and behaviors with the aim of attaining the best possible health outcomes for adolescents. Programming uses the Optimal Health Model, which highlights a dynamic balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health components. More specifically, programming includes a Sexual Risk Avoidance Education approach based on a recognized and often-used public health model known as “risk avoidance” or “primary prevention”. It is a standard approach used to address risk behaviors. 

Aspire programs utilize The Center for Relationship Education’s REAL Essentials  curricula suite. REAL Essentials is designed to help educators deliver life-changing relationship skills training in classrooms everywhere. Its proven-effective methods set students on a path to achieve their dreams and experience successful lives.”

Meet Our Staff Who Makes This Happen