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 associated with sexual activity and substance use.
Specific goals of the program are to:
deepen STI/HIV knowledge
increase safer sex skills
reduce sexual risks and substance use
identify differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships
promote positive attitudes about development
Youth ages 14-19 participate in one 3.5 to 4-hour session in small same-gender groups of 3 to 7 young people. Educators employ an interactive style and incorporate videos, group discussion, and activities.
SHARP 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.