Starting Out Right

Provides health education and supportive services to pregnant and parenting adolescents age 21 and younger

Starting Out Right

We’re still here! Starting Out Right Case Managers and Health Educators are now supporting future and current participants through virtual formats. Please continue to refer teens and sign up for our services!

Frequently asked questions

Starting Out Right provides health education and supportive services to pregnant and parenting adolescents ages 21 and younger, regardless of their financial situation. This program provides several classes including pregnancy health education classes, parenting education classes, healthy relationship classes, as well as many supportive services such as case management, support groups, free pregnancy classes, a scholarship program, and Jensen’s Corner– a boutique of gently used baby and maternity items to purchase with SOR incentive dollars. With help from Starting Out Right, adolescent parents are setting up both themselves and their children for future success and happiness. 

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If your teen is pregnant, click here

For free pregnancy testing click here

Would you like to deliver this program in your community? Click here to learn about the exclusive Starting Out Right curriculum.

Program highlights

  • Pregnancy health education- 8 hours of healthy pregnancy classes and 10 hours of childbirth education classes
  • Parenting education- 8 hours of classes
  • Healthy relationship and lifeskills education- 12 hours of classes
  • Supportive case management
  • Support groups for pregnant and parenting teens
  • Jensen's Corner- a boutique of gently used baby and maternity items for participants to shop from with SOR Incentive dollars
  • Free Pregnancy Testing
  • Starting Out Right Scholarship program
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For more information contact:

Laura Pedersen sor@azyp.org

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Real Stories

Testimonials from just a few of our valuable program participants, educators, and community members.

Description: The focus of the Starting Out Right curriculum is to guide young mothers through a healthy pregnancy by providing information on what to anticipate during pregnancy, how to plan for labor, and how to parent their newborn. Starting Out Right offers teen-specific, unbiased facilitation which is grounded in the principles of brain-based learning and assists adolescents in making sense of class material related to pregnancy and parenting. Facilitators of…

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- Starting Out Right Curriculum

Services and support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens AZYP’s Starting Out Right (SOR) program provides community-based health education and supportive services to pregnant and parenting youth ages 21 and younger in Gila, Pima and Maricopa Counties. Health education includes healthy pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and healthy relationship and lifestyle classes and an interactive mobile application. Supportive services include free pregnancy tests, case management, community referrals, goal setting, scholarships, and access to…

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- Starting Out Right, annual summary Year ending 06/30/2020

Globe, Arizona The intent behind the collaboration between Arizona Youth Partnership's Starting Out Right (SOR) program and the Safe Haven Domestic Violence Shelter and Gila House is to bring Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenting education and support to displaced families who find themselves at the Safe Haven Domestic Violence Shelter or in one of the Gila Houses. Due to the on-going pandemic, to provide classes via ZOOM, Charlene Becker, a Case Manager/Parent…

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- AZYP, Shelters partner up to help families with grant from the United Fund of Globe-Miami

The Starting Out Right for Teen Parents (SORTP) program provides expectant and parenting youth with an innovative combination of pre- and post-natal supports—including case management, pregnancy and parenting education classes, home visits, and a companion mobile app—to increase their protective factors and reduce the risk of rapid repeat pregnancy. Arizona Youth Partnership plans to refine the SORTP model and conduct a formative evaluation of the program. The goals of this…

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- Office of Population Affairs Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program named the Starting Out Right for Teen Parents as a Successful Strategy!

The Starting Out Right Scholars (SOR Scholars)  program recently awarded two scholarships for the Fall 2019 semester. Anissa Barragan, of Globe, Arizona was awarded $1500.00 to continue her pre-requisite studies on the path to a nursing degree.  Anissa successfully completed the Starting Out Right teen pregnancy support program while pregnant with her daughter, and continued to attend classes while pregnant and while nursing her baby.   In support of Anissa, her…

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- Nursing, helping animals are goals for Fall 2019 Starting Out Right Scholars
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Bella enrolled during her pregnancy when she was 16. Her daughter Arabella was born a couple of months later. Despite being 7 months pregnant at enrollment she still completed all of her Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth Education classes. After her daughter was born she attend our parenting classes, both while Arabella was an infant and again as a toddler a year later. She has remained active throughout her time, coming…

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- Bella Laura Pedersen, RN, MSN; Chief Initiatives Officer, Arizona Youth Partnership
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