CAS-Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program

Children’s Aid Society–Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program helps young people avoid becoming teenage parents by setting them on the path to successful adulthood. Its afterschool model has been proven to reduce teen pregnancies by 50 percent.

Founded in 1984, the Children’s Aid Society’s Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAS-Carrera) uses a holistic, “above the waist” approach to ensure young people develop ambitious personal goals, improve their sexual literacy, and cultivate aspirations for a productive future. Guided by a philosophy that sees youth as "at promise" not "at risk," CAS-Carrera begins working with boys and girls at age 10 or 11 and follows them through high school graduation and college admission. 

The program is built on seven integrated, scientifically accurate, and age-appropriate components: daily education; weekly job club, family life and sexuality education, and mental health sessions (and social work services, as needed); multiple exposures to lifetime individual sports and self-expression; and access to comprehensive medical and dental services provided by local partners. The program’s approach centers on understanding that we do not prevent teen pregnancy—young people do. They are able to achieve this when their future is filled with promise and exciting possibilities, leading them to reduce risks on their own.

2014 Highlights

  • CAS-Carrera continued to expand the number of youth it serves and added two new school sites in New York City.
  • Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn featured CAS-Carrera prominently in their book and PBS television series, A Path Appears.

  • CAS-Carrera received an additional EMCF/Social Innovation Fund grant to support its program in Tulsa, help secure long-term funding, and enhance its ongoing evaluation.

Youth Served

Revenue (in millions)

Note: Revenue for 2010 and subsequent years reflects CAS-Carrera's national office operations. Totals for 2005-2009 reflect CAS-Carrera's revenue from across its entire network.


Pregnancy rate (per 1,000) among 15-to-17-year-old African-Americans participating in Flint, MI and NYC programs. (Carrera’s target is below the national average of participants' demographic peers.)
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