Planned Parenthood

Central and Western New York

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Grant-Funded Evidence-Based Comprehenisve Sex Education Programs

Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring)

Project AIM targets at-risk youth, ages 11 to 14. It is a group-level youth development intervention designed to reduce HIV risk behaviors among youth. It is based on the Theory of Possible Selves and encourages at-risk youth to imagine a positive future and discuss how current risk behaviors can be a barrier to a successful adulthood.

Project AIM consists of 13 sessions divided into 4 parts. Project AIM uses group discussions, interactive and small group activities, and role-plays to encourage youth to explore their personal interests, social surrounding, and what they want to become as an adult. Activities include taking a career interest inventory, developing business cards and resumes, and participating in interviews. These activities allow youth to envision themselves in a future career and involve them in the planning and decision-making for their future. Click here to leave our site for more information on Project AIM.

Be Proud! Be Responsible!

Be Proud! Be Responsible! is a program we facilitate in Western New York High Schools. It is a six-module curriculum that provides adolescents with the knowledge, motivation and skills necessary to change their behaviors in ways that will reduce their risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. This multimedia curriculum has been evaluated and recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as a “Program That Works.” Click here to leave our site for more information on Be Proud! Be Responsible!

Teen Health Project - 4me!

Teen Health Project - 4me! is a community-based program that brings together youth, parents and other adults in the community to address teen pregnancy and STDs. This program begins with six hours of comprehensive sex education from which we recruit a six member teen health council. That health council will then meet, plan, and implement four programming events and two community-wide events to adress teen pregnancy and STDs in their own communities. Click here to leave our site for more information on Teen Health Project.

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York Signature Programs

If you are looking for a higher level of prevention education, we offer peer education training programs through which participants become “go-to peers” for others in their age groups who are looking for healthy and factual information and resources for making important sexual choices.

The Circle of Friends Program (CoF)

There exists a legend about “The Circle of Friends” which tells us that, at special times in ages past, the women of several neighboring tribes would sit in a circle around a bonfire sharing their hearts and speaking of each other’s good qualities. They would reflect on good times and bad while calling forth the wisdom of the ages so that they could live, learn and grow wiser together.

It is in the spirit of this legend that the Circle of Friends Program brings together a group of girls that they can also live, learn and grow wiser together. Throughout the program, girls will learn all about reproductive anatomy and health, reproductive control, sexually transmitted infections and prevention, skills for healthy relationships and more skills to recognize and get out of unhealthy ones, the keys to making healthy sexual judgments on the spot or in advance, and strong and assertive sexual boundaries. Graduates of this program have all the tools necessary for making healthy choices in today’s tumultuous world.

CoF Program vitals:

  • Goal is to reduce teen pregnancy and STI rates.
  • Utilizes a science-based approach to helping participants develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for making healthy and responsible choices regarding sex and reproductive health.
  • Curriculum designed specifically for females.
  • Ten two-hour sessions usually held once per week for 10 consecutive weeks.
  • Includes pre and post program tests and READY Tool evaluations for 40 Developmental Assets.

The Responsible Males Program (RM)

It has been said that, in order for a boy to grow into a whole man, he must have five teachers that will provide him with the key pieces of the puzzle of manhood. Those teachers are 1) A male nurturer who will teach him how a man loves others, 2) a male role model to teach him about male aspirations in the world, 3) an male initiator to acknowledge his accomplishments and offer him membership, 4) a male mentor to teach him how a man finds and keeps a career and 5) a male elder who will provide him with the wisdom of how, why, and when males must be men.

Our nationally recognized Responsible Males Program focuses on the developmental needs of males, not only for the sake of the women in their lives, but for their own sakes as well. In this program, teen-aged males explore a variety of topics such as the pressures of manhood, sexual choices, violence, reproductive health, relationships and even planning for a career. Throughout this program, these young men figure out exactly what kind of man they want to be and develop real strategies that will help them become that man despite all that might stand in their way.

RM Program vitals:

  • Goal is to reduce teen pregnancy and STI rates.
  • Utilizes a science-based approach to helping participants develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for making healthy and responsible choices regarding sex and reproductive health.
  • Curriculum designed specifically for males.
  • Ten two-hour sessions usually held once per week for 10 consecutive weeks.
  • Includes pre and post program tests and evaluations based on the 40 Developmental Assets.
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