True North Project

Everything changes for students as they approach their teenage years. These formative milestones can be overwhelming for both young people and their parents. The True North Project jump-starts the conversation and helps students develop foundational relationships and life skills. Using the nation’s leading relationship education curriculum, our program ensures a safe, comfortable, inclusive environment for all students regardless of disability, socioeconomic status, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, family structure, or cultural background.

The curriculum (Real Essentials) incorporates a positive youth development approach which helps students to build healthy life skills and enhance protective factors that mitigate the impact of past and future negative factors, empowers them to make healthy decisions, and provides tools and resources to prevent risky behaviors. By increasing the number of assets a child has, they will become more resilient and less likely to be involved in high risk behaviors that deter future success.

The True North Project works directly with Middle & High schools empowering students to engage in healthy relationships and positive choices in order to succeed in and out the classroom. By helping at risk youth make better choices today, we are building stronger, healthier, and more economically stable families and communities tomorrow.

The True North Project is Effective

Summary of responses from exit surveys Fall through Summer 2021:

  • 78% of students reported that being in the program made them more likely to better understand what makes a relationship healthy.
  • 77% of students reported that being in the program made them more likely to graduate high school or get their GED.
  • 76% of students reported that being in the program made them more likely to make plans to reach their goals.
  • Nearly 3/4 (72%) of students reported that being in the program made them more likely to resist or say no to someone they are dating or going out with if they pressure them to participate in sexual acts (e.g. kissing, touching private parts, or sexual intercourse).
  • 68% of students reported that being in the program made them more likely to think about the consequences before making a decision.
  • Nearly half (49%) of students reported being in the program made them more likely to delay having sexual intercourse until they graduate high school or receive their GED.

Mr. Meys has been doing great work with our students guiding them through fun interactive discussions and activities around healthy relationships, boundaries, and treating others with respect. The students are loving it!

-Mr. Turner, Lakeshore Middle School Principal

Activity-based session help students to better understand and address:

  • Healthy choices to prevent risky behaviors including:
    Teen pregnancy, underage drinking, illicit drug use, dating violence
  • Strengthening personal character
  • How to plan for and achieve the goals they want
  • Establishing healthy friendships
  • Social and emotional well being
  • Effective communication techniques
  • Physical & emotional changes In development
  • The “Success Sequence*”  1. Get educated 2. Get a job 3. Get married 4. Then have children.

* A 2017 study from the American Enterprise Institute found that 97% of millenials who followed the Success Sequence avoided poverty in adulthood.

Get more information on how to bring Truth North Project to your school or community.
Contact info@Livethelifenefl.org or call 904.374.6365