Making Proud Choices! A Pregnancy & HIV Prevention Program
By Loretta Sweet Jemmott Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., John Jemmott III, Ph.D. and Konstance McCaffree, Ph.D.
This 8-session program is specially designed for youth ages 13-16. We offer sessions in two formats: the four-day format (two modules each day) or eight-day format (one module each day). We are happy to work to tailor multi-sessions to meet the needs of your group.
For our multi-session programs designed for mixed-gender groups of young people ages 13-16 in English, we use the curriculum: Making Proud Choices! This curriculum was chosen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a "Program That Works". It also was one of fourteen curriculums highlighted in the Oregon Teen Pregnancy Prevention Action Agenda's guide to research based effective curricula, put out by the OR Dept. of Education and OR Dept. of Human Services. Making Proud Choices is a STDs, Teen Pregnancy, and HIV Prevention curriculum. It has eight-modules that provide 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 or using condoms if they choose to have sex. It is based on cognitive behavioral theories, focus groups, and the researchers' extensive experience working with youth.
To reduce risk for STD/HIV and pregnancy risk-related behaviors, young adolescents need not only knowledge and perception of personal vulnerability, but also positive attitudes towards condom use, skills, and confidence in their ability to use condoms. The Making Proud Choices! Curriculum is designed to meet those needs.
Goals of the curriculum
The goal of Making Proud Choices! is to empower young adolescents to change their behavior in ways that will reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV and other STDs and their risk for pregnancy. Specifically, this curriculum emphasizes that adolescents can reduce their risk for STDs, HIV and pregnancy by using a condom, if they choose to have sex.
At the completion of The Making Proud Choices! Curriculum, adolescents will:
- Increase their knowledge of HIV, STDs and pregnancy prevention.
- Believe in the value of safer sex, including abstinence.
- Improve their ability to negotiate abstinence/safer-sex practices.
- Increase their ability to use condoms correctly.
- Have stronger intentions to use condoms if they have sex.
- Have a lower incidence of HIV/STD sexual risk-taking behavior.
- Take pride in choosing responsible sexual behaviors.
Structure of our "Making Proud Choices!" Groups
We choose lesson plans for the group based on the group's unique needs, adding lessons from other curriculum as needs arise. We will work with your group to determine the most appropriate lessons for participants. We offer sessions in two formats: the four-day format (two modules each day) or eight-day format (one module each day). Although the group is educational in nature, this program will be facilitated in a way that is flexible and responsive to the directions in which the participants take it. We ask that group leaders allow for time for follow-up either on their own part or for the group's facilitator in order to better address some of the complex issues that may be raised during group.
Values that form the base of the program
The community and family approach: An important component of Making Proud Choices is the strong emphasis on family and community. This curriculum emphasizes how HIV/AIDS, STDs, and unintended adolescent pregnancy have affected their community. It addresses the importance of protecting the family and community as a motive to change individual behavior. The role of sexual responsibility and accountability: Young adolescents need to learn how to become sexually responsible and accountable. The curriculum teaches participants to make responsible decisions regarding their sexual behavior, respect themselves and others, and appreciate the importance of developing a positive image. The role of pride and making a difference in making responsible decisions their choice: The curriculum addresses issues of self-esteem, self-respect and pride by emphasizing that it can make you feel proud and responsible to make sexually healthy decisions. The adolescents' sense of pride, self-confidence, and self-respect is encouraged and reinforced during the role-plays and other skill-building activities.