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Teen Outreach Program (TOP)

Implementation Requirements and Guidance

Program Structure and Timeline

TOP is delivered primarily through: 1) The Changing Scenes curriculum; and 2) Community Service Learning.

Both components are delivered over a nine-month school year. The Changing Scenes curriculum is divided into four separate levels. Sessions from different levels can be mixed throughout the year for TOP Clubs based on their needs. The levels are as follows:

  • Level 1: Focused on youth ages 12 to 13.
  • Level 2: Focused on youth age 14.
  • Level 3: Focused on youth ages 15 to 16.
  • Level 4: Focused on youth age 17 and older.

Other implementation requirements for Certified Replication Partners are:

  • Clubs meet at least once per week with a TOP trained facilitator and must offer at least 25 meetings in total.
  • Youth in the clubs must participate in at least 20 hours of community service learning.
  • Clubs maintain a 1:25 trained facilitator to teen ratio.
  • Replication partners create and use a written quality assurance plan.
  • Wyman will visit each Certified TOP Replication Partner in the first year and every other year thereafter.

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Staffing

TOP facilitators must be trained adults who have proven success in teen and family interactions, the ability to establish and sustain positive rapport with youth of all ages and diverse backgrounds, and can cultivate and maintain relationships with partner sites.

TOP coordinators must be trained adults who have proven success in adult learning, workshop delivery or training and in-depth knowledge of the stages of adolescent/teen development and positive approaches to behavior management in a group setting.

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Program Materials and Resources

Wyman provides the following tools and resources for delivery of TOP:

  • Four-level curriculum packaged in separate modules for each age/developmental level
  • Community service learning guide
  • Training of facilitators participant guide
  • Training of trainers training guide
  • Partner design scenarios
  • Research to practice white papers
  • An e-newsletter with latest trends and best practices
  • Access to annual symposium content on youth development
  • Webinars and communities of practice designed to extend learnings and program impact
  • A grant portal to find additional funding to enable partners to extend the scope and resources for TOP
  • Website providing additional program resources and electronic access to all training content and  updates 
  • Wyman Connect, a comprehensive online data system that facilitates collection, management and use of pre and post survey data and teen participation data, including access to reports and a dashboard.
  • Facilitator Institutes and Coordinator Institutes to extend the expertise around TOP implementation

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Additional Needs for Implementation

  • Internet access is recommended to allow partners to utilize online resources including Wyman Connect, and to enhance student exploration of community service learning options, etc. 
  • Access to transportation facilitates completion of community service learning opportunities.

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Fidelity

Wyman provides a detailed Certification Packet to partners, which outlines fidelity standards. Wyman Connect provides an online data system for tracking implementation and fidelity-related data.

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Training and Staff Support

Staff Training:

TOP is replicated through a Certified Replication Partner process, which is designed to help partners provide TOP at a large scale within their communities. Through this process, Wyman maintains an on-going training, technical assistance, and network support relationship with partners.

Once an organization applies to become a Certified Replication Partner, the organization identifies its coordinator (the person assuming responsibility for overall implementation of TOP) , who completes a 5-day TOP Training of Trainers module. This equips the coordinator to train others in their organization or network to implement TOP, and ensures their full understanding of the fidelity standards and process. The coordinator then trains TOP facilitators (those who will directly implement the program with teens) through a 2 ½ day TOP Training of Facilitators. Trainings of Trainers are held at Wyman headquarters on a quarterly basis. A Training of Trainers may also be conducted at a partner site with sufficient enrollment.

The start-up package to become a Certified Replication Partner is $28,000. This includes space for a coordinator to attend Training of Trainer at Wyman Institute (travel and other costs not included), up to 10 sets of curriculum, an initial year’s license, access to Wyman’s TOP National Network, start-up technical assistance and access to communities of practice and webinars Wyman conducts over the year. Additional Training of Trainer slots can be added for $6,000. Wyman can also provide Training of Facilitators for partners at $850/facilitator. Additional curriculum is available for $500/curriculum set. A specific training package is worked out with each partner to best meet their needs. After the start-up year, partners pay a fee of $7,000 annually for ongoing support.

Technical Assistance and Ongoing Support:

TOP Partners are assigned a dedicated Partner Services Representative from Wyman to provide technical assistance, supplemental trainings, and additional resources that are needed to help support the partner in their replication of the Teen Outreach Program.

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Allowable Adaptations

Wyman actively works with partners on adaptations of the program. They are particularly interested in supporting adaptations that support the needs of youth at highest risk, and for populations not previously served by TOP. Wyman considers implementations shorter than 9 months in duration to be a minor adaptation as long as youth are provided with the minimum 25 sessions and at least 20 hours of community service learning. All adaptations must receive prior approval; contact Wyman for details on the adaptation request and guidelines process.

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