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Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programs

MOAPPP provides information about programs that work to prevent teen pregnancy. This section offers information about various types of science-based programs, promising programs and other educational resources.

Science-based Programs


  • Becoming a Responsible Teen: Based on social learning and self-efficacy theories, this curriculum’s primary goal is promoting safer sexual behaviors. Although the focus of the curriculum is HIV/AIDS prevention, it also includes topics and activities relevant to adolescent pregnancy prevention. The intervention is intended for gender-specific groups, each lead by both a male and female group leader. It utilizes interactive sessions, discussions, games, role-playing and videos. For additional information or to order this curriculum, visit: pub.etr.org.
  • Cuídate! The Latino Youth Health Promotion Program: This HIV risk reduction curriculum designed for Latino adolescents is an adaptation of the Be Proud! Be Responsible! curriculum developed for African American adolescents. Based on social cognitive theory, the curriculum focuses on increasing HIV/AIDS related knowledge and weakening problematic attitudes toward risky sexual behavior. It incorporates aspects of Latino culture, and presents both abstinence and condom use as culturally acceptable and effective ways to prevent STIs and HIV.
  • Draw the Line, Respect the Line: This curriculum was developed for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and focuses on the postponement of sexual activity and use of protection if already sexually active. It includes high interest activities, theoretical foundation, addresses social pressures on sexual behaviors, and provides modeling and practice of communication and negotiation skills. For additional information or to order this curriculum, visit: pub.etr.org.
  • Making Proud Choices: This safer sex approach/curriculum was chosen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a “Program that works” to reduce risk of STI/HIV and pregnancy risk related behaviors among adolescents. It involves multiple skill building activities, experimental exercises, videos, games, and discussions.
  • Reducing the Risk: Building Skills to Prevent Pregnancy, STD & HIV: This sex education curriculum was developed for high school students, but especially recommended for grades nine and ten. Its primary goals are to delay first sexual intercourse and to increase knowledge about pregnancy risk, contraceptive use, and protection against STDs.
  • Safer Choices: Preventing HIV, Other STDS and Pregnancy: This is a theory based, multi-component school-based program designed to increase protective behaviors among high school students for preventing HIV, other STDS and pregnancy. It aims to reduce unprotected sexual intercourse by encouraging abstinence and encouraging condom use among students who report having sex. For additional information or to order this program, visit: pub.etr.org.

Mother-Adolescent Programs

  • Keepin’ It R.E.A.L.: A mother-adolescent pregnancy and STD/HIV prevention program that aims to delay the initiation of sexual intercourse among adolescents, and to enhance communication about sex between mothers and their teen children.

Clinic Protocols

  • Reproductive Health Counseling For Young Men: This is a primary pregnancy prevention program developed for young men ages 15-18 years of age. The program has also proven successful for sexually active female partners of participants in regards to effective contraceptive use.
  • SiHLE: Sistas, Informing, Healing, Living, Empowering: This STI/HIV prevention intervention is culturally and gender-specific for African American adolescent women at risk for negative sexual health outcomes. The intervention consists of four interactive group sessions lead by a trained female African American health educator and two female African American peer educators. The peer educators model skills and promote group norms supportive of HIV prevention.

Service Learning and Community Programs with Multiple Components

  • Aban Aya Youth Project: An Afrocentric Social Development curriculum developed for middle school students grades five through eight . The curriculum encourages abstinence and protection for unsafe sex.
  • Children’s Aid Society Carrera Program: This pregnancy prevention and youth development program was created for adolescents considered to be at high risk. By employing a holistic approach, the program educates teens on the consequences of sexual activity, and emphasizes the importance of education and employment.
  • HIV Prevention for Adolescents in Low-Income Housing Developments: A community level HIV prevention program intended for low income adolescents living in Housing Projects. The primary goals of the program are to provide workshops and information to help adolescents develop the initial skills to enact change, and to provide sustained modeling, peer norm and social reinforcement supports for maintaining the avoidance of HIV risk behavior.
  • Reach for Health Community Youth Service Learning: This school-based service learning program incorporates both a health promotion curriculum and community involvement. Intended for seventh and eighth grade students, the curriculum focuses on sexual behaviors that may result in pregnancy, HIV infection or other STDs. Along with sexual health instruction, students are also guided in community involvement by learning and performing useful tasks for a local organization. For additional information or to order the curriculum, visit: www.socio.com.
  • Teen Outreach Program (TOP): Based upon the principles of youth development, TOP provides adolescents with the necessary supports and opportunities to prepare for successful adulthood and avoid problem behavior. TOP has proven effective in increasing academic success and preventing teen pregnancy and other negative behaviors among program participants.

Promising Programs

  • Plain Talk/Hablando Claro: This unique approach to addressing adolescent pregnancy and STI prevention combines adult/youth communication about sex and an increase in adolescent access to contraceptives.

Other Educational Resources