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Making a Difference and Making Proud Choices Training of Facilitators

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 - 4:30pm

Event description:

This training will introduce participants to two research proven curricula—Making a Difference! and Making Proud Choices! — and will provide the skills necessary to implement each of the curriculum with youth.  Both curricula are integrated (teen pregnancy and HIV) prevention programs consisting of eight one-hour modules for middle school youth.  Both curricula emphasize abstinence as the safest and best choice for adolescents.   Making a Difference! emphasizes that young adolescents should postpone sexual activity and provides intensive educational strategies to help them do so.  Making Proud Choices! covers abstinence in detail, but also emphasizes the importance of using condoms to reduce the risk of pregnancy and STD among sexually active participants.  Throughout this two-day training, participants will learn how to become facilitators of both curricula.

Event objectives:

As a result of participating in this training, participants will be able to:

1.   Understand the objectives, content, activities, components, and unique features of the Making a Difference! (MAD) and Making Proud Choices!  (MPC) Curricula.
2.   Understand the theoretical foundation of MAD and MPC and how they are applied in program activities.
3.   Understand the teaching methodologies used in MAD and MPC.
4.   Learn basic information relating to HIV, STDs, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and adolescent sexual development.
5.   Demonstrate teaching condom use, problem solving, and negotiation skills.
6.   Identify their own values and the impact of those values on their ability to effectively teach about adolescent sexuality issues.
7.   Identify guidelines for answering sensitive questions regarding sexuality, HIV, STDs, and adolescent pregnancy prevention.
8.   Identify potential barriers to implementing the Making a Difference! and Making Proud Choices!  Curricula and describe strategies for overcoming these barriers.

Event Target Audience:

Youth-serving providers and teachers selected to teach either Making a Difference! or Making Proud Choices!

Event Trainers:

Shannon Lindsay, MS and Amanda Leeson, MA, MCHES

Event Details

Location & Address:

SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Training Room: 1331 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201


$600.00 (discounts are available for in-state registrants and funded partners of the SC Campaign. Contact your grant manager, project coordinator or capacity building specialist for the appropriate discount code)

Registration Deadline:

February 5th, 2018 - seating is limited!

Late registration must be approved by the training manager, Shannon Lindsay ( or 803-771-7700), and is subject to a $25 late registration fee.


Participants must bring a copy of the Making a Difference and the Making Proud Choices Curriculum (5th edition) to the training as these are not provided. The curriculum can be purchased by visiting the publisher’s website at and

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If you are interested in additional information about this training and the possibility of having one in your area please contact our Training Manager, Shannon Lindsay, at or 803-771-7700.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made by Febuary 7, 2019 will be fully refunded. No shows will forfeit all registration costs.

Inclement Weather Policy: The SC Campaign follows the City of Columbia for weather closings. We monitor and adjust as necessary. We make all efforts to connect with registrants via email to advise of office closing and delayed starts. In case of cancellation of training due to weather, we will refund registration fees and make all efforts to reschedule in a timely manner.