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ABAN AYA Youth Project

Implementation Setting: 
After school program or community-based organizationMiddle school
Intervention Length: 
More than 20 sessions
Age Group: 
13 or under
Race / Ethnicity: 
African American
Outcomes Affected: 
Recent sexual activity
Study Rating: 

Program Summary

The Aban Aya Youth Project (Aban Aya) is a four-year program designed to teach students to practice abstinence, avoid drugs and alcohol, and resolve conflicts nonviolently, using an Afrocentric social development curriculum. The program is designed for students in 5th through 8th grade.

Read the full Implementation Report, which includes:

  • Program Overview
  • Program Components
  • Implementation Requirements and Guidance
  • Implementation Readiness Assessment

Advice from the Field

OAH has compiled lessons learned and advice related to implementation and cost implications of Aban Aya Youth Project from TPP grantees. The information below is intended to provide useful tips and overall feedback that organizations should consider when choosing and implementing Aban Aya Youth Project.

Program Components

  • Plan to speak with school districts to acquire space to implement Aban Aya Youth Project. Aban Aya Youth Project requires the use of computer labs and/or laptop stations, so be sure to ask school officials about available technology.
  • Provide opportunities for participants to engage in open discussion. Hiring staff who students can relate to (e.g., similar racial/ethnic backgrounds, age, SES) can facilitate more open discussion by making participants feel comfortable about sharing.
  • Consider providing group outings (e.g., attending spring camps, going out to dinner, going to movies, going to basketball games). Aban Aya Youth Project is intended to be delivered across four years and such activities can help to foster group cohesion, which can aid in program retention.

Stakeholder and Parent Buy-in

  • Emphasize that the Aban Aya Youth Project covers a variety of topics and skills, including embracing African American cultural pride, character-building, and refusal and negotiation skills, all of which can be applied to their everyday lives. This can help garner community and school buy-in.


  • Allocate resources to provide youth participants with transportation tokens/vouchers, snacks, and incentives to complete the Aban Aya Youth Project program. This is particularly important since the program is intended to be implemented across four years.

Read the research about the Aban Aya Youth Project program on ASPE's website.

Content created by the
Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on
Friday, December 11, 2015