What is CHAT?

The YWCA CHAT or Community Health Awareness Team, (previously known as CAPP or Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program), began in October of 2011 and is grant funded through the New York State Department of Health. The CHAT program is focused on the prevention of adolescent pregnancy, and the promotion of sexual health among male and female adolescents who are 11 to 21 years of age. As part of the “comprehensive” approach, we offer programs that provide opportunities for youth to develop assets that ultimately support their transition into a healthy adulthood.

CHAT partners with agencies in Chautauqua County to provide a variety of youth development programs that promote healthy adolescent sexuality. Collaborating is essential to this program in order to advance a comprehensive community effort to improve the environment for adolescents through the development and implementation of a coordinated community plan.

Services Available

Evidence Based Education Programs:
CHAT offers evidence based programs intended to educate youth at an age appropriate level. The evidence based programs contain curricula that have shown evidence of changing adolescent risk-taking behavior and that align with the NYS Sex Education Standards.

Be Proud! Be Responsible! is a six module curriculum intended for high school age youth between the ages of 13-18 that provides them with the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to change their behaviors in a way that will reduce their risk of pregnancy or contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The goal is to increase knowledge and perception of personal vulnerability, develop positive attitudes toward safer sex, and build the skills and confidence needed to abstain successfully or to use safer sex practices willingly and effectively if they choose to be sexually active.

Making Proud Choices! is a fourteen module curriculum intended for middle school age youth between the ages 11-14 that is designed to empower adolescents to change their behavior in ways that will reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV and other STDs, and significantly decrease their chances of being involved in unintended pregnancies.

M.B.F. Child Safety Matters and Teen Safety Matters are research based primary prevention programs designed to educate and empower students and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, digital dangers, and all types of child abuse and exploitation.

Once an evidence base program has been completed, additional sessions can be offered regarding adolescent development, peer pressure, stress reduction, internet safety, self-esteem, healthy relationships, healthy communication, and personal values. 

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CAPP Director:​

Kristi Ternullo

(716) 484-2237, ext. 233



All programs are free of charge! For more information or to schedule a program, please contact (716) 488-2237 ext. 234 or ext. 225!

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