Fraternity takes twist in teen pregnancy awareness

Dr. Russell Berry checks off students participating in the retreat. / Jessica Fairley

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated members are teaching teen pregnancy prevention to young males, while these types of courses are usually targeted at young females.

About 40 southwest Georgia middle school boys are participating in an overnight retreat in Kolomoki Mounds State Park to learn about teenage pregnancy prevention.

The program called 'Project Alpha' aims to give young males a man-to-man approach about responsible sexual behavior.

Organizers say when they take students into a retreat-type setting; the boys tend to ask more questions.

"We definitely preach abstinence. We preach abstinence over and over however we do exposed them to contraception," explained Dr. Russell Berry, "We do expose them to all the things that can keep a young lady from getting pregnant."

Dr. Berry says the program is set up for middle school males as an intervention approach to stop them from becoming sexually active at a young age.

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