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Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART)

Implementation Setting: 
After school program or community-based organization
Intervention Length: 
Fewer than 10 sessions
Age Group: 
14-17
18-19
Race / Ethnicity: 
All
Outcomes Affected: 
Recent sexual activity
Study Rating: 
High

Program Summary

Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART) is an HIV prevention curriculum developed for African American adolescents, that is based on ethnic pride and can be delivered in non-school, community-based settings. BART consists of eight sessions, which are 1.5 to 2 hours each. The program uses interactive group discussions and role plays that have been created by teens. Although the focus of Becoming a Responsible Teen is HIV/AIDS prevention, the curriculum includes topics and activities relevant to teen pregnancy prevention. Teens learn to clarify their own values about sexual decisions and pressures as well as practice skills to reduce sexual risk-taking. These include correct condom use, assertive communication, refusal techniques, self-management, and problem solving. Also, abstinence is woven throughout the curriculum and is discussed as the best way to prevent HIV infection and pregnancy.

Read the full Implementation Report, which includes:

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

Interview with the Program Developer

See the materials below to hear from the program developer.

Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART) Webinar Slides

Slides, Audio, Transcript

Read the list of potential adaptations that were previously implemented by OAH grantees for Becoming a Responsible Teen.

Read the research on the BART program on ASPE's website.

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