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Draw the Line/Respect the Line

Implementation Setting: 
After school program or community-based organizationMiddle school
Intervention Length: 
10 to 20 sessions
Age Group: 
13 or under
Race / Ethnicity: 
Outcomes Affected: 
Sexual initiation or abstinenceRecent sexual activity
Study Rating: 

Program Summary

Draw the Line/Respect the Line promotes abstinence by providing students in grades 6, 7, and 8 with the knowledge and skills to prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy. Using an interactive approach, this program shows students how to set personal limits and meet challenges to those limits. The grade 6 content features limit setting and refusal skills in a nonsexual context. Grade 7 content examines consequences of unplanned sex, information about STDs, and applying refusal skills in a party context. Grade 8 features practice of refusal skills in dating contexts and a condom demonstration.

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.

Draw the Line/Respect the Line webinar slides

Slides, Audio, Transcript

Advice from the Field

OAH has compiled lessons learned and advice related to implementation and cost implications of Draw the Line/Respect the Line from TPP grantees. The information below is intended to provide useful tips and overall feedback that organizations should consider when choosing and implementing Draw the Line/Respect the Line.

Program Components

  • Ensure that partner organizations, especially schools, are able to review the material for each grade level.
  • Consider minor adaptations such as incorporating more multimedia materials (e.g., videos on relevant topics).

Staffing and Professional Development

  • Ensure that your budget includes adequate funds to cover training costs, which can be substantial when you are first getting started.

Stakeholder and Parent Buy-in

  • Emphasize that the Draw the Line/Respect the Line covers a variety of skills, including goal setting, making good choices and refusal and negotiation skills, which can be applied to their everyday lives. This can help with getting buy-in from the schools.
  • Partner with local school districts, school officials, and community organizations to gain support for implementing the program in classrooms. This helps to ease the concerns that may arise from school officials, faculty, and the community.


  • Contact ETR ahead of time so that you can be sure to consider all of the costs of implementing Draw the Line/Respect the Line. It is also recommended that you review cost information available on the ETR website (http://www.etr.org/ebi/programs/draw-the-line/#calculator); it is comprehensive and will help to develop a realistic budget.
  • Compare the costs needed to send program facilitators to receive training to the costs of having a trainer come to your program site to perform the training. Consider asking the trainer to give you a quote for both options so that you can see which choice is best for your organization.

Read the list of potential adaptations that were previously implemented by OAH grantees for Draw the Line/Respect the Line.

Read the research about the Draw the Line/Respect the Line program on ASPE's website.

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