Project Taking Charge


American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

FOCUS

SUMMARY

This program, developed for junior high school home economics classrooms, integrates family life education with lessons on vocational exploration, interpersonal and family relationships, decision-making and goal-setting. A key premise of the intervention is that vocational planning can lead teens to attractive alternatives to early sexual involvement and parenthood. In addition, placing a strong emphasis on values, Project TAKING CHARGE promotes abstinence as the correct choice for adolescents, and no material on contraception is included. The curriculum comprises five instructional units that are divided into 27 class lessons. There are also three parent-youth sessions during which adults are encouraged to communicate their own sexual values and assist teens in defining and attaining occupational goals. A field study was conducted with 136 youths from three low-income communities with elevated rates of teen pregnancy. Six months following the intervention, program participants showed significant gains in knowledge of sexual development, STDs and the risks of adolescent pregnancy, relative to a comparison group of students. There was also some evidence, failing just short of significance, that participation was associated with a delay in the initiation of sexual intercourse.

SUITABLE FOR USE IN

Although it was originally implemented in school classrooms, this curriculum can also be presented by health educators in community based organizations.

ORIGINAL INTERVENTION SAMPLE

Age, Gender
The field study included 136 7th grade students, evenly divided by gender; of this group, 60% were 12 years old and 34% were 13.

Race/Ethnicity
63% White, 29% African-American, 4% Latino, 4% other.

PROGRAM LENGTH

The six-week curriculum contains five instructional units, with 27 class lessons.

STAFFING REQUIREMENTS/TRAINING

Lessons are designed for family life educators to use in their 7th grade classrooms. The national office of Project Taking Charge offers workshops and materials to help prepare instructors.

   Primary Pregnancy Prevention
   Secondary Pregnancy Prevention
   STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention

ORIGINAL SITE
   School-Based
   Community-Based
   Clinic-Based

APPROACH
   Abstinence
   Behavioral Skills Development
   Community Outreach
   Contraceptive Access
   Contraceptive Education
   Life Option Enhancement
   Self-Efficacy/Self-Esteem
   Sexuality/STD/HIV/AIDS Education

COMPONENTS
   Adult Involvement
   Case Management
   Group Discussion
   Lectures
   Peer Counseling/Instruction
   Public Service Announcements
   Role Play
   Video
   Other
   

PASHA PROGRAM PACKAGE

The PASHA Program Package for this program includes:

  • PASHA User's Guide
  • Curriculum Manual
  • Trainer's Manual
  • Puberty: Bodies in Progress (videotape and guide)
  • Perspectives on Abstinence (videotape and guide)
  • Self Image (videotape and guide)
  • Resource Guide for Sex Educators
  • Adolescent Sexual Health Resources Available from Sociometrics
  • Transitions, March 2003 (newsletter reprint)
  • A Set of Original Evaluation Instruments
  • Prevention Minimum Evaluation Data Set (PMEDS)
  • Local Evaluator Consultant Network Directory

  • Telephone technical support on implementation and evaluation for 1 year