SHARP (Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention)
What is SHARP?
Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention(SHARP) is a one-time, class for young people designed to reduce risky behaviors.
Specific goals of the program are to:
deepen STI/HIV knowledge
increase safer sex skills
reduce sexual risks and alcohol use
set long-term goals related to alcohol use and sexual behavior
identify differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships
promote positive attitudes about development
Youth ages 14-19 participate in one 3.5-4-hour session in small same-gender groups of 3-7 young people. Educators employ an interactive style and incorporate videos, group discussion, and activities.
Adolescents are at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. Few interventions for adolescents target both substance use and sexual risk reduction. SHARP aims to fill these gaps.
SHARP is offered through a partnership between North Dakota State University and Planned Parenthood. Program content is always comprehensive, medically accurate, and evidence-based. In fact, behavioral findings in studies on this intervention show increases in condom use and decreases in alcohol use over time.
Participants can register themselves or be referred by someone like a parent, case worker, judge, etc.