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Personal Responsibility Education Program Innovative Strategies Program Summaries

Published: May 3, 2012

This is a historical document. Use for research and reference purposes only.


Child & Family Resources, Inc.
Tucson, AZ
Project name: Go Grrrls: Testing the effectiveness of a girls-only pregnancy prevention curriculum

Child & Family Resources, Inc. will implement and evaluate the Go Grrrls curriculum over the next three years. A diverse target population of 840 girls, ages 12 to 14, will be recruited from a center against domestic abuse, local Girl Scouts, and three middle schools in Pima County, Arizona. Through the 14-hour curriculum, Go Grrrls teaches critical developmental skills like developing gender role identity, establishing a positive self-image, making responsible decisions, engaging in healthy sexuality, making and keeping friends, accessing resources when needed, and planning for the future. The project aims to decrease risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy rates by increasing risk awareness, condom efficacy, resistance to peer pressure, and motivation to succeed.

Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services
Tucson, AZ
Project name: Prevent Second Pregnancy Project

Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services (TOPS), a community-based, nurse-managed, health education program, will evaluate its Prevent Secondary Pregnancy project. Through the intervention, 1,000 teen mothers will receive 30 hours of health education, including prenatal health care, comprehensive sexuality education, and breastfeeding education, and 75 hours of supportive services through in-depth case management. Goals for the project include reducing the incidence of repeat pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, increasing positive maternal life-course outcomes, and increasing the practice of exclusive breastfeeding for a minimum of six months to suppress ovulation.


Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Project name: Teen Parent Project AIM

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the EI Nido Family Centers will implement and evaluate an adaptation of Project AIM, an evidence-based youth development program. Based on a motivational theory called the Theory of Possible Selves, Project AIM encourages youth to imagine a positive future, to persevere in their efforts toward that future, and to avoid risky behaviors that might threaten their success. Teen Parent Project AIM would expand the original curriculum and tailor it to the needs of low-income pregnant teens and teen parents living in communities at high risk for teen pregnancy, poor school achievement, and other health risks. Approximately 1,400 pregnant teens or teen parents, ages 14 through 18, will be recruited from the Adolescent Family Life and Cal Learn programs at seven sites in metropolitan Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, South Los Angeles, and the Antelope Valley. Teen Parent Project AIM has as its goal reducing repeat pregnancies among mothers under age 21.


The Village for Families & Children, Inc.
Hartford, CT
Project name: Teen Pregnancy Prevention through Responsible Fathering: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Father Works Program

The Village for Families & Children, Inc. will conduct a randomized controlled trial of FatherWorks, a comprehensive intervention designed to reduce repeat fatherhood by providing young men with the motivation, opportunities and skills needed to change risk behavior. The trial will include 330 Latino and African American males, ages 15 to 24, in Hartford or Hartford County who have fathered a child with a female under the age of 21. The FatherWorks program includes parenting education, individualized case management, behavioral health care, and educational and vocational support. The evaluation will assess whether participants improved their caregiving behavior, achieved their educational and employment goals, and reduced their sexual risk behavior, among other outcomes.


Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP
Chicago, IL
Project name: Demoiselle 2 Femme “Young Ladies to Women” Holistic Youth Development Program

Demoiselle 2 Femme will implement and evaluate the 3-D curriculum integrated with 7 of 8 modules of the evidence-based “Making a Difference” curriculum. The project will target 800 African American girls, ages 14 to 18, in eight high schools on the South Side of Chicago for an intensive 15-month program of weekly instruction, monthly motivational sessions, school advocacy, academic support, college admissions assistance, service learning, and a parent component. Goals are to reduce teen pregnancy, delay sexual debut, decrease sexual activity among the sexually active, and reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted disease. 


Education Development Center, Inc.
Newton, MA
Project name: More Than a Dream Teen Pregnancy Prevention for Latino Youth

More than a Dream Teen Pregnancy Prevention for Latino Youth is a collaboration between Education Development Center, the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and the League of United Latin American Citizens’ National Educational Service Centers (LNESC), to find developmentally appropriate and culturally and linguistically relevant youth and parent interventions that address sexual health and pregnancy prevention among Latino youth. The project will evaluate the youth intervention Cuídate (Take Care of Yourself) and the parent intervention Salud y éxito (Health & Success), as well as a combined youth-parent program called Más que un sueño (More Than a Dream). Work will take place at four LNESC sites, in Albuquerque, NM, Colorado Springs, CO, EI Paso, TX, and Kansas City, MO, with the goal of reducing sexual and other risk behaviors. Participants will be younger Latino adolescents, ages 12 to 14, and their parents.


Father Flanagan's Boys' Home
Boys Town, NE
Project name: Your Health, Your Body, Your Responsibility: Promoting Healthy Behaviors Among Teens in Foster Care

Through Your Health, Your Body, Your Responsibility, Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home aims to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections among teens in foster care in Omaha, NE. Typical school or community-based teen pregnancy prevention programs are not always the best fit for teens in foster care, who often move in and out of state care and from placement to placement. This project will adapt the It’s Your Game: Keep It Real curriculum by 1) targeting 14- to 19-year-olds; 2) condensing lessons and enabling youth to complete each component of the program within 6 months; 3) developing a combination of group activities and one-on-one consultations with a health educator; 4) adapting materials and activities for use with foster parents; and 5) building in a stronger health component that will enable teens in foster care to develop a reproductive life plan with the help of a primary care clinician.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada
Reno, NV
Project name: Strong Girls Rock

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada will implement and evaluate Strong Girls Rock, a pregnancy prevention program serving suburban and rural areas in Reno and Sparks, Nevada. The project will target ethnically diverse girls, ages 13 to 19, who are enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based mentoring programs and are sexually active or at risk for early sexual activity. Girls will view and discuss an interactive pregnancy prevention video with their adult mentors. Mentors will be trained to talk about information presented in the video and to teach the girls specific pregnancy prevention skills. The goals are to increase protective factors for the girls involved, to increase knowledge about preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and to improve communication skills.

New York

Cicatelli Associates, Inc.
New York, NY
Program model or strategy: Development for Youth

Cicatelli Associates will evaluate its Development for Youth (DFY) intervention on 600-800 young people in foster care in New York City.  DFY is a 12-session, small group intervention for high risk adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19. It is a cognitive-behavioral intervention that focuses on building competencies that encourage adolescents to make and maintain healthy decisions. The goal of the intervention is to reduce the sexual risk behaviors that result in unplanned pregnancy among young people in foster care.


OhioHealth Research and Innovation Institute
Columbus, OH
Project Name: Teen Options to Prevent Pregnancy (T.O.P.P.)

OhioHealth Research and Innovation Institute aims to prevent repeat pregnancies among pregnant and parenting, low-income women, ages 10 to 19, in central Ohio by conducting a randomized controlled trial with 600 participants to test the efficacy of Teen Options to Prevent Pregnancy (T.O.P.P.). Based upon a theory known as Andersen’s Behavioral Model of Health Service Use, T.O.P.P. is a combination of telephone-based care coordination and mobile contraceptive services designed to decrease attitudinal, educational, and logistic barriers to contraceptive use and adherence. The targeted population is predominantly, though not exclusively, a minority population.


Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Oklahoma City, OK
Project Name: POWER Through Choices 2010: Demonstration, Evaluation and Dissemination Project

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy will implement and evaluate POWER Through Choices
2010, a sexuality education curriculum developed with and for youth in foster care and other out-of-home placements. The project will target youth, ages 14 to 18, living in foster care group home settings in racially/ethnically diverse areas in four states: Oklahoma, California, Illinois and Maryland. The 10-session curriculum provides instruction and skills building in the areas of reproductive health, sexual decision-making (including abstaining from sexual activity) and STI and pregnancy prevention. The goals of the project are to test the efficacy of the updated curriculum in reducing teen pregnancy and to disseminate the lessons learned during program implementation to inform future replications of the program with youth living in foster care.


Public Health Management Corporation
Philadelphia, PA
Project name: Plain Talk Philadelphia

The Public Health Management Corporation (PMHC), a non-profit public health institute, will implement an enhanced version of the Plain Talk curriculum. Initiated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation more than 15 years ago, Plain Talk is a tested community-based initiative that reduces teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. The Plain Talk adaptation PHMC will evaluate in Philadelphia incorporates a Positive Youth Development framework and a process for tracking group and neighborhood outcomes. PHMC plans to implement Plain Talk in two public housing developments in North Philadelphia, the Norris and Fairhill Apartments, where poverty, poor health, and poor academic performance put young residents at risk for early pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.


Lighthouse Outreach Incorporated
Hampton, VA
Project Name: The Lighthouse Project

The Lighthouse Project will target 2,600 adolescents, ages 10 to 19, who reside in the Hampton Roads Area, specifically in areas with a high incidence of teen pregnancy, poverty and sexually transmitted infections. The Lighthouse Project utilizes a community saturation model that includes school, community- and faith-based abstinence education classes, youth development activities with out-of-school programs, abstinence education workshops for parents, community forums, rallies, an annual summit, and a media marketing campaign. The program will incorporate the youth character development curricula Choosing the Best Path, Life & Journey and Possessing Your Power. The goals of this project are to reduce risk behaviors, especially those that might result in adolescent pregnancy and other associated risk factors, to increase high school graduation rates, to promote community engagement, and to increase planning and readiness for program implementation.

This is a historical document. Use for research and reference purposes only.

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