Two checks totaling $24,000 were handed over Friday to begin the Coalition Concerned With Adolescent Pregnancy's first corporate-supported program to prevent unplanned teen-age pregnancies in Orange County.
The checks were presented by Jeff Sherman, president of Armor All Products, who was representing the McKesson Foundation, and Tony Zarifis and Daryl Carlson, store directors for Mervyn's Department Stores.
They will finance the first of a two-part educational program aimed at 10- to 15-year-olds. Called Community Action for Parents and Young Adolescents, the project will train 30 professionals experienced in working with teen-agers and their families to teach a curriculum developed by the Center for Early Adolescence, a nationally recognized training center based at the University of North Carolina. Participants will in turn hold workshops for an estimated 500 parents in Orange County.
The curriculum focuses on adolescent development, sexuality, communication skills and risk-taking behavior. Part two of the project will develop after-school programs for teen-agers.