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Meet The Team
Programming

Meet the Team

Jared Lyles

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Youth Programs Manager, The Cooperative 

Mr. Lyles serves as the Youth Programs Manager at The Cooperative. He has a background in tackling issues surrounding access to healthcare and resources in low socioeconomic areas within New Jersey. Mr. Lyles has worked in a managerial role as it relates to food insecurity and has worked in maternal and child health. Mr. Lyles spends his spare time with his family and fraternity brothers and loves to travel to other countries.

Lori Tesauro

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(she/her/hers)

Program Coordinator, Teen Talk New Jersey

Miss Lori is a Program Coordinator at The Cooperative for the Teen Talk New Jersey program. Miss Lori has been providing South Jersey youth with safe sexual health information for the past 11 years. In her spare time, Miss Lori spends time with her daughter and dog Rocky and takes time to relax with friends. 

Dustin Timmerman

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Health Educator, Teen Talk New Jersey

Mr. Dustin is an experienced professional in sexual health and youth development, specializing in evidence-based program facilitation and professional development training. Currently serving as Health Coordinator at The Cooperative, Mr. Dustin excels in creating and maintaining partnerships with local youth organizations to implement grant-driven cohorts focusing on positive relationships and sexual health for youth ages 10-14.  With a robust background that includes roles such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Training Consultant for VIP Community Services, LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence and Crisis Intervention Counselor at Montgomery County Mobile Crisis, Mr. Dustin has consistently demonstrated a commitment to advancing DEI initiatives and providing crucial support to diverse populations in need. 

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Payton Lagerholm

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Health Education Field Representative, Vineland Health Department

Miss Payton has worked for the City of Vineland Health Department since 2022. Miss Payton grew up in Vineland, NJ and is now helping the teens at the school district she once went to by giving them the tools to navigate through those tough teenage years. In her free time, she likes to play soccer, go on hikes with her fur-child, and go out to eat with friends!

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Miranda  Falkowski

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Health Education Field Representative, Vineland Health Department

Miss Miranda has worked for the City of Vineland Health Department since 2018 and has facilitated Teen Outreach Program clubs since early 2019.  Miss Miranda has a passion for teaching teens and is constantly continuing her own education. She loves spending time at her home in Vineland with her two dogs, Bear and Finn. 

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Sara Paciocco, BA, CHES

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Health Education Field Representative, Vineland Health Department

Miss Sara is a Vineland native and has worked for the City of Vineland Department of Health for seven years. She loves daily interactions with teens. They are so creative, thoughtful and unpredictable! At home, Miss Sara could spend an entire day in her kitchen baking, dancing and chopping up produce from her garden.

Our Programming

Below is information about the youth programming we offer through The Cooperative with funding by the New Jersey Department of Health. All programs are free of charge, evidence-based and conducted by our health educators. Please contact us for more information and to learn how your school or organization can benefit from our programming. 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Lori Tesauro at teentalknj@snjpc.org.

Programs for Youth

One-Time Presentations 

Health educators provide presentations on healthy relationship skills, LGBTQ+ awareness, goal setting, positive decision-making skills and health and wellness. These presentations can be designed to fit the audience’s needs.

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Get Real

Comprehensive Sex Education That Works

Get Real is a unique curriculum promoting a holistic understanding of sexual health for high school students. The program goes beyond traditional sex education, emphasizing social and emotional skills as essential for healthy relationships and responsible decision making. It advocates for abstinence as a safe choice for high school students, and offers a comprehensive overview of sexual health, ensuring students have age-appropriate information for informed decision-making.

 

Topics include:

  • Gender, sex and shared Responsibility

  • Sexual identity and accessing sexual healthcare 

  • Reasons and methods for preventing pregnancy

  • Preventing STIs and HIV

  • Social media literacy and sexuality

  • Healthy and unhealthy relationships
     

How we do it?

  • Value, support and respect

  • Engaging parents

  • Inclusive and learner-focused lessons

  • Open and honest communication 

Youth Development That Works

Do you want to inspire and prepare young people to succeed? Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) empowers teens by providing the tools and opportunities needed to lead healthy and successful lives. TOP® is a place for teens to interact with their peers and participate in activities that promote positive youth development.

While participating in TOP®, teens will learn and develop:

  • Healthy behaviors

  • Life skills

  • Sense of purpose

Topics include:

  • Relationships

  • Communication skills

  • Values

  • Goal setting

  • Sexual health

Teens participate in community service projects where they can practice the skills they are learning. TOP® is intended for middle school or high school youth. 
 

TOP® is a 9-month program that requires: 25 one-hour weekly club meetings, 20 hours of community service learning and parental or guardian consent.

Reducing The Risk

Building Skills to Prevent Pregnancy, STD/HIV

Reducing the Risk (RTR): Building Skills to Prevent Pregnancy, STD/HIV  is a curriculum designed to help youth delay the initiation of sex or increase the use of protection against pregnancy, STDs and HIV if they choose to have sex. 

 

Two key skills are taught:

  • Refusal skills – Responses that clearly say no to having sex or refuse unprotected sex

  • Delay tactics and alternative actions – Ways students can avoid a situation

Topics Include: 

  • How STDs are transmitted

  • How teens can best protect themselves

  • Information about protection methods (abstinence-focused)  

  • Strategies to enhance their communication and
    decision-making skills

Program Requirements:

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the host site and The Cooperative

  • Participants’ parental/guardian consent provided by The Cooperative​

  • Zoom or Google classroom capability for virtual instruction

  • 45-minute sessions can be delivered weekly, bi-weekly or designed to fit the organization’s needs

  • Intended for youth in grades 8 - 12

This program is comprised of16 sessions and each session is approximately 45 minutes.

Not Sure? Try a Pilot!
At The Cooperative, our health educators are here to support the needs of your organization. If you like a program above, but need it customized to fit your youth, let us know. We can tailor programs to fit any number of sessions. We can also tailor each program to focus on a particular topic like emotional health, sexual health, goal setting, values or communication skills.

Contact us to find out more!

Programs for Parents

Teen Speak®

A Guide to Understanding and Communicating with Your Teen

Parenting a teen can be aggravating, confusing and wonderful all at the same time! Equipped with Teen Speak®, parents/guardians can overcome the most common challenges – from vaping and peer pressure, to chores and homework.

 

Teen Speak® helps parents:

  • Talk to their teens about sensitive topics

  • Better understand adolescence's physical, cognitive, emotional and sexual development

  • Practice talking to their teens through interactive activities​

 

Teen Speak® is a two-day workshop for two hours each day, but can be adjusted to fit various schedules and needs.

Professional Trainings

Our health educators are not just committed to cultivating well-being in youth, we are here to support professionals and programs that serve youth as well! With over 10 years of youth-centered programming and experience working with diverse youth populations, our team works hard to support other youth programming in New Jersey and beyond. Below are some professional courses we offer. We are also able to tailor courses and create content to better serve your training needs.

 

Supporting Transgender Youth

These workshops offer a plethora of nuanced guidance, practices and resources for professionals on the transgender experience and prejudice experienced by the transgender community. This workshop can be designed for any audience whether it is a social service organization or medical provider.

 

Teen Dating Violence

This one-time professional training talks about teen dating violence, what it is and how you can make prevention efforts more successful. Through this training, participants will learn about assessment tools that provide insight to what teen dating violence is and how to use empowerment models effectively with teens.

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