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Teen Talk

Helping Teens Make Good Choices.

Palmetto Health Teen Talk is a free program designed to help teens get through a challenging time in life. We want to give you the information you need to help you make good choices toward a bright future.

Palmetto Health staff is available to provide Teen Talk sessions to your community group or organization. See if Teen Talk is coming to your area. Call 803-296-CARE (2273) for more information or e-mail us.

Our Services

Freshman Focus
This program, for freshmen students at Benedict College, is offered as a part of Benedict's Freshman Seminar Class. One 50-minute session includes interactive discussions and classroom activities that provide accurate information to college freshmen on creating healthy relationships, the appropriate use of contraceptive methods and protecting themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy.

Palmetto Health offers this free program to help parents improve communication with their teens about sexuality and health. The purpose of the program is to help reduce teen pregnancy by encouraging parents to develop strong, positive relationships with their children. Sessions are relaxed and address issues such as teen pregnancy, understanding your child’s relationships (dating and friends), and communication tips. For information about upcoming sessions, call 803-296-CARE (2273).

Teen Reach
Palmetto Health believes in abstinence-first, age-appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education. Our Teen Reach Program has shown fantastic results! We are inviting all faith and civic organizations to incorporate teen pregnancy prevention lessons in their existing youth programs. Organizations may opt to use members of the faith or civic organizations to facilitate lessons or invite one of our trained Community Advocates. Lessons are available on a variety of topics, including friendship, values, teen pregnancy, drugs and decision-making.

Please note: Organizations that use members from within their organization will receive a $50 incentive for lesson materials and/or session snacks. Funds may not be used to pay staff or lesson facilitators.

Program Guidelines
Requests only will be accepted from churches or civic organizations in Richland and Lexington counties. Organizations must have the capacity and experience to fulfill the following program requirements:

  • Educational sessions must be conducted on topics related to healthy relationships (with peers, parents, and partners), pregnancy prevention, and STD/HIV prevention.
  • Sessions are a minimum of one hour and must contain at least 15 individuals (youth and/or adults).
  • Use the lessons and session evaluations provided or approved by Palmetto Health.
  • Event information (sign-in sheets and session notes) must be received within two weeks after the scheduled event.?

Teen Talk - School Program
Teens, do you have concerns? Would you like an opportunity to discuss what's on your mind? Come talk it out in Teen Talk! Palmetto Health encourages teens to make good choices by sponsoring weekly Teen Talk sessions during lunch at high schools in Richland and Lexington counties. Topics for discussion include:

  • Self-esteem
  • Decision Making
  • Communication
  • Media Influence
  • Diseases and Myths
  • Responsibility and Accountability

Service Request Form should be returned or faxed to the following address:

Maternal and Child Health Initiative
Office of Community Health 
Palmetto Health
Post Office Box 2266, Columbia, SC  29202-2266
Fax: 803-296-3777 

Palmetto Health Office of Community Health Maternal and Child Health Initiative also reserves the right to decline requests and conduct site visits. 

If you have questions, please e-mail or call Talarria Jackson at 803-296-3764.