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Making Proud Choices!

Implementation Setting: 
After school program or community-based organizationHigh schoolMiddle school
Intervention Length: 
Fewer than 10 sessions
Age Group: 
13 or under
Race / Ethnicity: 
Outcomes Affected: 
Contraceptive use and consistency
Study Rating: 

Program Summary

Making Proud Choices! A Safer Sex Approach to STDs, Teen Pregnancy, and HIV prevention program aims to provide 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 or using condoms if they choose to have sex. The curriculum consists of eight modules delivered by trained facilitators to young adolescents.

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.

Making Proud Choices! webinar slides

Slides, Audio, Transcript

Advice from the Field

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

Program Components

  • Review Making Proud Choices for Out-of-Home Youth in comparison to Making Proud Choices. Consider implementing Making Proud Choices for Out-of-Home Youth for all youth, not just those in out-of-home care, given its focus on being trauma-informed and inclusive.
  • Consider minor adaptations to make Making Proud Choices more culturally appropriate (e.g., including more diverse youth in the videos, changing names and settings in role plays, using local slang).
  • Consider adding activities or lessons related to puberty and anatomy, especially if many of the youth lack this knowledge. Making sure youth have accurate knowledge will help them get the most out of the program.
  • Create a PowerPoint with all the Making Proud Choices modules to make it easier for educators to go out into the field with tablets and projectors. This removes the burden of having to carry heavy equipment or rely on the sites to provide all the technology.

Stakeholder and Parent Buy-in

  • Emphasize that the Making Proud Choicescovers a variety of skills, including goal setting and refusal and negotiation skills, which can be applied to their everyday lives. This can help with getting buy-in from the schools.

Read the list of potential adaptations that were previously implemented by OAH grantees for Making Proud Choices.

Read the research on the Making Proud Choices program on ASPE's website.

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