Evidence-Based Programs

The Office of Adolescent Health, a division of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, has found the following 31 evidence-based programs to be effective in reducing births, reducing sexually transmitted infections, or reducing rates of associated risk behaviors. A summary of each program is listed below as well as a link to a PDF for more program information.

We encourage you to use our Evidence Based Program Assess for Fit Tool when choosing a program that's right for you.

Aban Aya Youth Project

This program is designed to reduce rates of risky behaviors among African American children in 5th through 8th grades. With a name derived from Akan, a Ghanian language, the purpose of this program is to promote abstinence, teach students how to avoid drugs and alcohol, and how to resolve conflicts nonviolently. This is a 4-year program. Read more... Back to top

Adult Identity Mentoring Program (Project AIM)

This program was created for low-income youth between the ages of 11 and 14. Its purpose is to motivate children to make safe choices and to address barriers to sexual risk prevention, such as hopelessness, poverty, and risk opportunity in low-income environments. This is a 6-week program. Read more... Back to top

All4You!

Created for high school students, this program was designed to change key determinants related to sexual risk taking, such as attitudes, beliefs, and perceived norms, as well as reduce the number of students who have unprotected sex. This is a 14-session (about 26 hours total) program. Read more... Back to top

Assisting in Rehabilitating Kids (ARK)

Delivered in small groups, this intervention was created to increase abstinence and safer sex practices and reduce risky sexual behaviors in substance-dependent youth. This is a 12-session (90 minutes per session) program. Read more... Back to top

Be Proud! Be Responsible!

Intended for after-school groups and community-based organizations, this program is geared toward behavior modification and building knowledge, understanding, and responsibility regarding STD/HIV risk reduction in vulnerable youth. This is a 6-session program. Read more... Back to top

Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective!

This is an adaptation of Be Proud! Be Responsible! for teen mothers or pregnant girls. Its purpose it to reduce unprotected sex among sexually active, pregnant and parenting teens and enables them to make proud, responsible and protective sexual decisions. This is an 8-session (60 minutes each) program. Read more... Back to top

Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART)

This is an HIV prevention curriculum primarily for African American adolescents, ages 14-18, in non-school, community-based settings. It emphasizes refusal skills, assertive communication, self-management and problem solving through interactive group discussion and role-playing. This is an 8-session (90-120 minutes each) program. Read more... Back to top

Children's Aid Society (CAS)--Carrera Programs

This program begins recruiting children at 11-12 years old and follows them through high school and beyond. Its purpose is to help youth develop personal goals and a desire for a productive future while focusing on sexual literacy and the consequences of sexual activity. This is a 7-year program. Read more... Back to top

Cuidate!

Culturally tailored for Latino youth aged 13-18, this program is an adaptation of Be Proud! Be Responsible! Meaning "take care of yourself," it encourages Latino youth to view abstinence and condom use as culturally appropriate and acceptable ways to prevent teen pregnancy. This is a 6-session (1 hour each) program. Read more... Back to top

Draw the Line/Respect the Line

This program promotes abstinence among students in grades 6-8 through instruction on setting personal limits. Content is tailored for each grade and focuses on refusal skills,consequences of unplanned sex, and STI information. This is a 19-session (5 in 6th grade, 7 in 7th grade, and 7 in 8th grade) program. Read more... Spread the Word! SC Campaign's Draw the Line/Respect the Line Brochure Back to top

FOCUS

Geared toward young women, this program promotes healthy and responsible behavior and relationships and provides pregnancy and STD prevention education. This is an 8-hour program. Read more... Back to top

Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education

This is a classroom-based curriculum that teaches students the benefits of remaining abstinent until marriage and the risks associated with premarital sexual activity. Students learn about resistance skills, relationship building, male and female reproductive systems, and STIs. This is a 450-minute (delivered in 5 or 10 sessions) program. Read more... Back to top

Horizons

A culturally tailored STD/HIV intervention for African American adolescent females seeking sexual health services that aims to reduce STIs by improving reduction knowledge, condom use skills, partner communication skills, and increasing male sex partners' access to contraception. This is a 2-session program. Read more... Back to top

Making a Difference!

Created for youth in after school programs or community-based organizations, this program focuses on goal-setting, responsible behavior, and making healthy choices by emphasizing the consequences of teen pregnancy, STIs/HIV, and navigating peer pressure and partner pressure. This is an 8-hour program. Read more... Spread the Word! SC Campaign's Making a Difference! brochure Back to top

Making Proud Choices!

An adaptation of Making a Difference!, this program includes a stronger focus on condom use and condom negotiation skills within the context of preventing pregnancy and STIs/HIV. This is an 8-hour program. Read more... Spread the Word! SC Campaign's Making Proud Choices! Brochure Back to top

Project TALC

This program was created to provide coping skills for parents living with HIV and their adolescent children. Parents focus on ways to reduce emotional distress and problem behaviors such as substance use; children also focus on ways to reduce emotional distress and problem behaviors, as well as teen pregnancy. This is a 24-session program. Read more... Back to top
An adaptation of Making a Difference!, this program focuses on the importance of abstinence in preventing teen pregnancy, STIs and HIV. Youth identify goals and dreams and practice sexual negotiation skills. Read more... Back to top

Promoting Health Among Teens! Comprehensive Abstinence and Safer Sex Education

This comprehensive abstinence and safe sex intervention provides youth with information about abstinence, safer sex practices, pregnancy prevention, and the prevention of HIV and STIs. It is designed to improve awareness and knowledge about HIV/STIs; increase understanding of how abstinence can prevent pregnancy, STIs, and HIV; strengthen behavioral beliefs that support condom use; and build refusal and negotiation skills for practicing abstinence as well as for effective use of condoms. This is a 12-module (8-12 hours) program. Read more... Back to top

Raising Healthy Children

Developed for children in an elementary school setting, this program creates strong connections in students’ lives by committing to comprehensive school wide action to strengthen instructional practices and family involvement. This is a 9-month program. Read more... Back to top

Reducing the Risk

Developed for adolescents in high school settings, this approach addresses skills such as risk assessment, communication, decision-making, planning, refusal strategies and delay tactics. The activities motivate students to take steps to avoid high-risk behaviors. This is a 16-lesson (45 minutes each) program. Read more... Spread the Word! SC Campaign's Reducing the Risk brochure Back to top

Respeto/Proteger

Tailored for young Latino parents with children at least three months of age, this program builds on feelings of parental protectiveness and the emotional attachment between a parent and a child to positively affect parental behavior. The curriculum integrates basic instruction in HIV awareness and prevention with culturally relevant discussions and activities on fatherhood, rites of passage, decision making, and responsibility. This is a 6-session (12 hour) program.Read more... Back to top

Rikers Health Advocacy Program (RHAP)

This program is designed to produce problem-solving skills for HIV/AIDS prevention among high-risk youth, particularly drug users and youth in correctional facilities. It focuses on problem orientation, defining and formulating a problem, generating alternative solutions, decision-making, and implementing a solution. This is a 4-session (1 hour each) program. Read more... Back to top

Safer Choices

Safer Choices is a multi-component STD, HIV, and teen pregnancy prevention program for high school students. The program aims to reduce the frequency of unprotected sex among high-school-age students by reducing the number of sexually active students and by increasing condom use among students who are sexually active. This is a 5-component program. Read more... Spread the Word! SC Campaign's Safer Choices brochure Back to top

Safer Sex

This program is a clinic-based intervention intended to reduce the incidence of STDs and improve condom use among high-risk female adolescents. It is delivered to participants individually in a clinic by a female health educator. Safer Sex is provided through an initial session with 3 invitations to booster sessions. Read more... Back to top

SiHLE

This is a peer-led, group-level, social-skills training intervention designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors among African-American female teenagers who are at high risk of HIV. In addition to HIV prevention, the program addresses relationships, dating and sexual health within the specific context of the female African-American teenage experience, drawing upon both cultural and gender pride to give participants the skills and motivations to avoid HIV and other STDs. This is a 4-session program. Read more... Back to top

Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention (SHARP) (formerly known as HIV Risk Reduction Among Detained Adolescents)

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.Read more... Back to top

Sisters Saving Sisters

Intended for a clinic setting, Sisters Saving Sisters aims to address the higher risk of HIV/STDs in Latina and African American female adolescent populations. The program is designed to reduce frequency of unprotected sexual intercourse (with and without drug and alcohol use), number of sexual partners, and incidence of STIs. This is 4.5-hour program. Read more... Back to top

Teen Health Project

This is a community-level intervention that helps adolescents develop skills to enact change, and provides continued modeling, peer norm and social reinforcement for maintaining the prevention of HIV risk behavior. Teen Health Project is intended for adolescents who are at high risk for HIV who live in urban, ethnically diverse, low-income housing developments. See more detailed information for program duration. Read more... Back to top

Teen Outreach Program (TOP)

Created for adolescents in a high school setting, this program promotes healthy behaviors, life skills, and a sense of purpose through the development of supportive relationships. See more detailed information for program duration. Read more... Back to top

Seventeen Days (formerly What Could You Do?)

Designed for a clinic setting, this program uses an interactive DVD to educate young women about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.The DVD presents different scenarios involving decisions that young women face in relationships,identifies choice points, suggests risk-reduction strategies, and allows viewers to practice what they would do in a similar situation. This is a 45-minute video (users can skip sessions). Learn more by watching the online facilitator module now or read more... Back to top