Making Proud Choices (MPC)

The goal of Making Proud Choices! is to empower young adolescents to change their behavior in ways that will reduce their risk of an unplanned pregnancy or becoming infected with HIV and other STDs. Specifically, this curriculum emphasizes that adolescents can reduce their risk for STDs, HIV and pregnancy by using a condom, if they choose to have sex.
 
The program has four major components. The first component focuses on goals, dreams and adolescent sexuality. The second is knowledge, covering information about the etiology, transmission and prevention of HIV, other STDs and teenage pregnancy. The third focuses on beliefs and attitudes. The fourth focuses on skills and self-efficacy, covering negotiation-refusal skills and condom use skills and providing time for practice, reinforcement and support.
 
The role of sexual responsibility and accountability is stressed, and the curriculum teaches participants to make responsible decisions regarding their sexual behavior, to respect themselves and others, and the importance of developing a positive image. Participants discuss what constitutes sexual responsibility, such as condom use and learn to make responsible decisions regarding their sexual behavior (i.e. that abstinence is the best way to prevent HIV, STD and teen pregnancy, however, if they choose to have sex, they must use a condom).

Modules

The modules in the program for youth in out-of-home care include:
  • Module 1: Setting the Stage and Making Your Dreams Come True
  • Module 2: Relationships and the Consequences of Sex
  • Module 3: The Consequences of Sex: Pregnancy
  • Module 4: The Consequences of Sex: STDs
  • Module 5: The Consequences of Sex: HIV Infection
  • Module 6: Attitudes and Beliefs about HIV/AIDS and Condom Use
  • Module 7: Sexuality 411
  • Module 8: Strategies for preventing HIV Infection: Stop, Think, and Act
  • Module 9: Developing Condom Use & Negotiation Skills
  • Module 10: Enhancing Refusal and Negotiation Skills
At the completion of the program, youth will:
  • Have increased their knowledge of HIV, STDs and pregnancy prevention
  • Believe in the value of safer sex, including abstinence
  • Have improved their ability to negotiate abstinence/safer-sex practices
  • Have increased their ability to use condoms correctly
  • Have stronger intentions to use condoms if they have sex
  • Have a lower incidence of HIV/STD sexual risk-taking behavior