Teen Health Project
The program was designed for and evaluated in community-based organizations.
1580 W. El Camino Real, Suite 8
Mountain View, CA 94040
The Teen Health Project consists of workshops and follow-up sessions for youth, a Teen Health Leadership Council, parent education, and a community campaign.
- THP workshops: The two workshops, called 4ME!, focus on HIV/STD and reproductive systems education and skills training on avoiding unwanted sex, sexual negotiation, and condom use, with themes of personal pride and self-respect. Participants set goals for reducing risky behavior at the end of each session.
- Follow-up Sessions: Two follow-up sessions (held one to two months, and four to five months after workshops) are unscripted and more teen-driven than the workshops. They promote conversations about HIV, promote self and community efficacy, and reinforce the messages of the workshops. Participants are encouraged to invite friends from the community to attend the sessions.
- Teen Health Leadership Council: Participants nominate several teen opinion leaders to serve on the Teen Health Leadership Council (a.k.a. Health Council). During Health Council meetings, members develop and plan monthly HIV-prevention activities and events in the community (four events for youth and two events for the entire community).
- Parent Education: The parent education session is designed to share program content and obtain parent buy-in. During the session parents hear about what their teens have been learning, participate in parent-teen communication skill-building exercises, and can see an optional condom demonstration.
- Community Campaign: Participants create a program name, logo, and marketing materials to promote the program. Prevention messages are featured at community-wide social events, talent shows, musical performances, and festivals in order to establish and maintain HIV risk-reduction norms in the community.
THP activities and workshops take place over the course of six months and are organized as follows:
- Two 4ME! workshops for adolescents, which are 3 hours each, are delivered once a week. The workshops are held separately for males and females, and for younger (ages 12 to 14) and older (ages 15 to 17) participants.
- Two follow-up sessions, 1.5 to 2 hours each, are delivered at one to two months and four to five months after the second 4ME! workshop. The sessions are delivered to small groups of five to ten youth. For the first follow-up session, workshop peers attend together; for the second session, workshop participants are encouraged to invite other friends in the community.
- One parent education session that is 1.5 hours long.
- THP Leadership Council meetings for selected participants are 1.5 hours each and are delivered weekly for six months, beginning after the first follow-up session.
- Throughout the program the THP Leadership Council organizes monthly community activities and quarterly events (four events for youth and two events for the entire community), planned and implemented by the adolescent participants.
- Teen Health Project User's Guide
- 4ME! Before You Begin: An Overview for the Curriculum Manual
- 4ME! Curriculum Manual
- 4ME! Workshop Appendix
- Teen Health Project Leadership Council Facilitation Guide
- What Worked: Notes from the Field
- Logos and Certificate
- Resource Lists
- Workshop Attendance and Evaluation
- Teen, Sex & Health DVD
- 101 Ways to Make Love Without Doin' It, educational brochure (Also available in Spanish)
- Fidelity Checklist
- Set of original evaluation instruments
- Prevention Minimum Evaluation Data Set (PMEDS)
- Local Evaluator Consultant Network Directory
While a free sample curriculum is not available, providers may purchase an automatic digital download of the user’s guide to review program components, core competencies for facilitators, and scientific evidence of effectiveness. If providers decide to purchase the program, the price of the download is deducted.
Sociometrics provides telephone technical support on implementation and evaluation for one year with purchase of the program materials.
- THP may be suitable for use in other community-based settings that work with groups of adolescents.
- The two 4ME! workshops can be delivered in one week, or, if absolutely necessary combined into a full-day workshop.
Sikkema et al. 2005
|The program was evaluated in a cluster randomized controlled trial involving adolescents from 15 low-income housing developments in three states. Across the three states, five housing developments were randomly selected to implement the full intervention, five were randomly selected to implement only the adolescent workshops (with no community-level intervention), and five were randomly selected for a control group that was offered a one-time informational session on AIDS education. Surveys were administered before the intervention and at follow-ups conducted 3 and 12 months after the adolescent workshops.
The study found that 12 months after the workshops ended, adolescents participating in the intervention who were sexually inexperienced at baseline were significantly more likely to report having remained abstinent. The study found no statistically significant program impacts at the time of the 3-month follow-up survey.
The study also examined program impacts on measures of condom use. Findings for this outcome were not considered for the review because they did not meet the review evidence standards. Specifically, findings were reported only for subgroups of youth defined by sexual activity at follow-up.