Project Rise is an implementation-ready, sexual risk avoidance education (SRAE) program targeting nine, majority-Latino neighborhoods of Los Angeles County that have teen birth rates far above state and national averages: El Sereno, Compton, East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, South Los Angeles, South Pomona, Long Beach and Central Santa Ana. Under the joint leadership of TELACU as project director/grantee/financial manager and Urban Strategies as day-to-day project manager, community- and faith-based organizations are serving as implementation partners.

Project Rise aims to enroll 2,000 youth participants (ages 12-18) in relationship classes that will teach teens how to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, recognize the difference between attraction and love, and set future goals, while evaluating whether their relationships will help them or hold them back from achieving their dreams. The Youth Advocates at each site will deliver the Relationship Smarts Plus SRA curriculum in settings that are familiar and comfortable for youth and their families.

Project Rise Goals

Participants will have:

  • Increased knowledge and skills to form & sustain healthy relationships;
  • Improved self-regulation and control;
  • Improved planning and decision-making;
  • Improved health and healthy lifestyles;
  • Improved positive connections and communication with family/caregivers;
  • Increased parental involvement and parental engagement;
  • Increased knowledge about sexual issues and clarification of personal sexual values;
  • Increased self-efficacy & relationship skills to abstain or to return to abstinence;
  • Increased motivation to avoid pregnancy;
  • Decreased engagement in sexual and other risk behavior.

Our Partners

East LA Rising

324 N McDonnell Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90022

Boys and Girls Club of LA

2635 Pasadena Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90031

Variety Boys and Girls Club

2530 Cincinnati St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

The Youth and Family Clubof Pomona

1420 S Garey Ave. Pomona, CA 91766

Community Support Services Org

15480 Arrow Hwy Ste. 212 Baldwin Park CA 91706

Homies Unidos

2105 Beverly Blvd #203 Los Angeles, CA 90057

Catalyst SGV

20 W Commonwealth Ave. Alhambra, CA 91801


1902 W. Chestnut Ave Santa Ana, CA 92703
This website was made possible by Funding Opportunity Number HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-TS-1384 and HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-SR-1358 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Its contents are solely the responsibility of TELACU and Urban Strategies and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

A Project of:

Website Designed by Grind Branding