Minnesota Evidenced–Based PREP Curricula
If more detailed information is needed, please consult curricula websites listed below or contact Gabriel McNeal, MDH Adolescent and Youth Development Specialist at (651) 201–5399.
Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
The Teen Outreach Program™ (TOP)™ is a national youth development program designed to prevent adolescent problem behaviors by helping adolescents develop a positive self–image, effective life management skills, and achievable goals. The program is directed toward reducing rates of teenage pregnancy, school failure, and school suspension. The focus is to engage young people in a high level of community service learning that is closely linked to classroom–based discussions of future life options. The program consists of supervised community service learning, classroom–based discussions, and activities related to key social–developmental tasks of adolescence.
Making Proud Choices!
Making Proud Choices! is a 10-module curriculum adaptation designed to empower in-care adolescents with greater knowledge and self-respect that will encourage them to protect themselves against unintended pregnancies and STI and/or HIV infection. Many young people entering the system have experienced traumas, including neglect and abuse, which impact their psychosocial and sexual development and increase the likelihood that they will engage in behaviors that place them at risk of early pregnancy and STIs. The curriculum acknowledges that abstinence is the most effective way to eliminate these risks, but also encourages the practice of safer sex and condom use, and gives youth in foster care the confidence they need to choose and negotiate safer-sex practices.
Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective!
Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective! is a sexuality education program that aims to reduce unprotected sex among sexually active, pregnant and parenting teens by impacting knowledge, beliefs, and intentions related to condom use and sexual behaviors. Research shows impact on recent sexual activity, number of sexual partners, and frequency of sexual activity, contraceptive use and consistency. It also addresses the impact of HIV/AIDS on pregnant women and their children, the prevention of disease during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and special concerns of young mothers. The program is comprised of eight 60-minute modules focusing on behavioral attitudes, expectations, negotiation and problem solving skills, self-efficacy, and feelings of maternal protectiveness. MDH or UMN- PRC will conduct monitoring visits to ensure that fidelity is reviewed, approved and maintained.
¡Cuídate! (Take Care of Yourself)
¡Cuídate! (Take Care of Yourself) is a six module, small–group, culturally based intervention to reduce HIV sexual risk among Latino youth. The program emphasizes risk reduction strategies such as sexual abstinence and condom use. Through the use of role plays, videos, music, interactive games and hands–on practice, ¡Cuídate! addresses the building of HIV knowledge, understanding vulnerability to HIV infection, identifying attitudes and beliefs about HIV and safe sex, and increasing self–efficacy and skills for correct condom use, negotiating abstinence, and negotiating safer sex practices. The intervention curriculum is available in English and Spanish.
Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention (SHARP)
This single–session, group–based intervention is designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors among high–risk adolescents in juvenile detention facilities. The program is delivered in small groups of up to 10 youth and seeks to increase condom use and reduce alcohol–related sexual risk behavior. Overall, SHARP program goals are to deepen STI/HIV knowledge, improve correct condom use, reduce sexual risks and alcohol use and set long–term goals to utilize knowledge and skills learned during the session.
Safer Sex Intervention (SSI)
The overall goals of the Safer Sex Intervention (SSI) are to reduce sexual risk behaviors, increase condom use, and prevent the recurrence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among sexually active young women. The target audience is sexually active adolescent girls and young women who are between ages 13 and 23 and have been diagnosed with an STI. SSI is led by a female health educator and is appropriate for use in clinics or community–based organizations providing sexual health services to young women. The intervention is administered one–on–one and face–to–face in a single 30– to 50–minute session. SSI includes booster sessions that were designed to coincide with the young woman’s treatment schedule.
All 4 You
All 4 You! is focused on reducing the number of students who have unprotected sexual intercourse, which is associated with increased risk of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancy. The program also aims to change key determinants related to sexual risk taking, such as attitudes, beliefs, and perceived norms. The program is designed for youth in alternative schools ages 14-18. The All4You! program has two primary instructional components - a skills-based HIV, other STI and pregnancy prevention curriculum and service- learning visits in the community - that are integrated and delivered as a 14-session program (about 26 hours total).