|Religion and Adolescent
Health & Welfare
Jeremiah Project (Center for Civic Innovation, Manhattan Institute,
An effort headed by John
Dilulio to study, promote and replicate the work inner-city ministers are
doing in reducing youth violence and restoring civil society to urban communities
Health and Faith Communities (Interfaith Health Program, American
Public Health Association)
Research reports on the
role of faith communities in promoting public health, including a focus
on the health of youth.
in Adolescent Health Interest Group (Society for Adolescent Medicine,
Blue Springs, MO)
Advocates and shares research
on religious commitment and its influence on teenage decisions in the area
of health and welfare, such as suicide and other violence prevention, teen
pregnancy prevention and pregnancy outcomes, and substance abuse prevention.
Ahead Ministries (Westboro, MA)
Provides holistic services
to juvenile offenders while they are in institutions and after they are
released into society. Currently operates in Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Georgia, Colorado,
Nebraska and Oregon. Evangelical and inter-denominational, the mission
is to curb the cycle of juvenile crime and produce positive leaders in
society through the holistic intervention of positive adult role models.
This process begins in the juvenile institutions with group Bible studies,
one-on-one relationships, tutoring, and sports tournaments with Christian
volunteers from the community.
for Minority Health Research (Rollins School of Public Health,
Emory University, Atlanta, GA)
Focused on addressing health
issues among ethnic and racial minority populations in the U.S., including
a project on youth, AIDS, and the black church.