Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center


Effective Programs and Curricula


Programs for Youth in After-School and Community-Based Settings

The programs that are most frequently used in North Carolina in after-school and community-based settings include the following. In most cases you can follow the link by clicking on the name of the program to learn more about the program and how to purchase it.  Otherwise, contact information will be listed below. 

¡Cuídate!
¡Cuídate! is a six-module curriculum that helps Latino youth develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to act in ways that will support good health and protect them from serious risks related to sexual behavior.  ¡Cuídate! includes cultural beliefs related to abstinence and condom use. Program activities show these attitudes and beliefs in a positive way.

Jóvenes Sabios. 
Jóvenes Sabios is an interactive male responsibility program for Spanish-speaking young men ages 11-17.  It is a comprehensive 10-12 week curriculum designed for the prevention of adolescent pregnancy.  Jóvenes Sabios is the Spanish version of the Wise Guys program (see below) with additional cultural components.  Contact Rick Brown.

Making Proud Choices: A Safer Sex Approach to HIV/STD and Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Making Proud Choices! is an eight-module curriculum which includes a focus on the reasons and strategies to delay sexual initiation as well as skills for defining personal goals, negotiating safer sex, and correctly using contraceptives, including condoms. It is targeted at middle school African American, Hispanic and White adolescents.

Making A Difference: An Abstinence Approach to Prevention of STDs, HIV and Teen Pregnancy.  Making A Difference! is an eight-module curriculum that provides young adolescents with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV, and pregnancy by abstaining from sex. It is targeted at middle school African American, Hispanic and White adolescents.

Reducing the Risk.  Reducing the Risk is a 16-session program that provides information about abstinence, contraception, HIV, and the risks and the consequences of teen pregnancy. The program uses role-playing to help teens avoid unprotected sex. Reducing the Risk is primarily for 9th and 10th grade students. It is a co-educational program, and has been used with students from a variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds.

Smart Girls Life Skills Training.  Smart Girls provides the skills and information for adolescent girls ages 11 to 16 to be “Smart Girls,” making smart decisions who grow up to be smart women who are ultimately happy, healthy and successful in life.  It is an abstinence plus approach to teen pregnancy prevention that involves sharpening decision-making and self-esteem building skills, creating positive life goals and strengthening family connections.

Teens Taking Action.
Teens Taking Action is Planned Parenthood Health System’s innovative and award winning peer education program. The Teens Taking Action program empowers participants to make informed, responsible, lifelong decisions regarding sexuality and relationships.  Your organization’s teens can be trained to be peer educators through this program. For more information, contact Mary Connor-Hill at 336-373-0675.

Wise Guys.
  Wise Guys is a flexible 8 to 12 session program for 11-17 year old males that relates responsibility and teen pregnancy prevention to self-esteem, values, healthy relationships, human sexuality, decision-making, and goal setting.  The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina has received a significant grant to expand the Wise Guys program throughout North Carolina and is looking for locations in Forsyth County where they can implement this program.  The Children’s Home Society will provide the trainer and materials at no cost to your organization, you just need to provide the youth, space, snacks, etc. Contact James Jessup.

If your organization is not ready to fully adopt a curriculum (purchase the curriculum, get staff trained to implement it, etc.), health educators from the Forsyth Department of Public Health are available to facilitate the following programs:

  • ¡Cuídate!
  • Making Proud Choices
  • Making A Difference
  • Reducing the Risk
  • Smart Girls Life Skills Training

    Contact Rolanda Coleman, Adolescent Health Consultant at the Forsyth Department of Public Health for more information about coordinating one of these trainings within your organization.  colemarp@forsyth.cc or (336) 703-3269. 

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