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Making a Difference!

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

Program Summary

"Making A Difference!" An Abstinence Approach to Prevention of STDs, HIV and Teen Pregnancy is an eight module curriculum that provides young adolescents with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV, and pregnancy by abstaining from sex. The curriculum is designed for middle school youth and is delivered by trained facilitators.

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.

MAD webinar slides

Slides, Audio, Transcript

Advice from the Field

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

Program Components

  • Familiarize yourself with local regulations related to sexual health education.
  • Consider modifying the length of program sessions, especially when implementing in schools. Making a Difference! is intended to be delivered in eight 60-minute sessions, which may not match the length of a class period in many schools. For longer class periods, consider delivering two lessons in one session; for shorter class periods consider making lessons more concise. Keep in mind modifying the session length is considered a major adaptation and would require approval from the distributor/developer and OAH.

Staffing and Professional Development

  • Consider providing additional training on sexually transmitted diseases in addition to HIV since the Making a Difference! program training does not focus on this.

Stakeholder and Parent Buy-in

  • Cultivate partnerships within the community through community outreach events. Develop relationships with school administrators and faculty to increase support for the program.
  • Consider creating relationships with multiple stakeholders within the school district. These individuals can serve as an advocate and support system for the program if staff turnover occurs.

Read the list of potential adaptations that were previously implemented by OAH grantees for Making a Difference!

Read the research on the Making a Difference! program on ASPE's website.

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