Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center

Effective Programs and Curricula

Faith-Based Programs

Research has shown that religious involvement and a strong moral sense can help protect young people from early sexual activity and teen pregnancy.  In addition to instilling a strong sense of morals and values, our religious institutions have the ability to make a connection between parents and teenagers by providing helpful, open and supportive guidance to both groups and educational programs that help them to understand sexuality in the context of their faith and spiritual values.  Below are some programs to consider:

He, She, We and God and Created for Love.   
He, She, We and God is a comprehensive faith and human sexuality seminar for 5th/6th graders and their parents.  Typically taught over a Friday afternoon and Saturday, the program is based on universal needs of tweens (older elementary children) and their parents.  To honor and lift up parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children, the program involves parents as an integral part of the program. Created for Love is a similar program designed to meet the needs of 7th/8th graders and their parents.  Locally, St. Paul's Episcopal Church has had great success in implementing these programs.  If you are interested in implementing this program in your church, please contact: Stacy Holley, 336-202-9472.

Keeping it Real! 
Keeping It Real! is a faith-based sexuality education dialogue model created for African American teens. Developed by the National Black Church Initiative of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Keeping It Real! prepares youth to make healthy, responsible decisions as spiritual and sexual beings. The eight-week curriculum of facilitated dialogue and activities is one of the first organized efforts in African American faith communities to address sex and sexuality in both a biblical and secular context.

Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education programs for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9,  grades 10-12, Young Adults and Adults.  The resources are written by professional sexuality educators and provide accurate information for parents, teachers and pastors to be used in the affirming and supportive setting of churches.  Sexuality and Our Faith, written by United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist Association members, is the accompanying resource used for each of the grade groups

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