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CHAT offers evidence-based programs designed to educate youth at an age-appropriate level. These programs have shown evidence of significantly reducing adolescent risk-taking behavior. All curricula align with the NYS Sex Education Standards.
Once an evidence-based program has been completed, additional sessions can be provided in relation to adolescent development, peer pressure, stress reduction, internet safety, self-esteem, healthy relationships, healthy communication, and personal values.
Be Proud! Be Responsible!
Be Proud! Be Responsible! is a 6-module curriculum intended for high school age youth ages 13-18. This program provides adolescents with the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to change their behaviors in a way that will reduce their risk of pregnancy or contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The goal of this program is to increase perception of personal vulnerability, as well as to develop positive attitudes toward abstinence and/or safer sex. The curriculum develops the skills and confidence needed to abstain successfully from sex, as well as to use safer sex practices willingly and effectively should they choose to be sexually active.
Healthy Relationships is a flexible program that teaches youth to recognize the signs of toxic and abusive relationships and the steps to take if they or someone they know is in an abusive relationship. Employing discussion and fun activities, the curriculum provides youth with the knowledge and skills to foster positive communication and connections.
Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring)
Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring) is a youth development-focused, 13-module intervention designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors among youth ages 11-14. The program engages young adolescents in thinking about their possible futures, sparking the motivation to make safe choices.
Rights, Respect, and Responsibility
Rights, Respect, and Responsibility features a number of flexible curriculums designed to provide all students K-12 with age-appropriate information related to their body, health, and safety, as well as the skills to adopt responsible behaviors.
**Rights, Respect, and Responsibility is not an evidence-based program.
Condoms and Consent
Condoms and Consent is an 80-minute course (often delivered in two 40-minute sessions) designed to educate youth on the meaning, practice, and value of consent, as well as the legal repercussions of failing to obtain consent. The program additionally provides instruction on the logistics of effective condom use through discussion and demonstration.
Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective!
Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective! is an 8-module adaptation of Be Proud! Be Responsible for pregnant and parenting teens. The curriculum emphasizes maternal protectiveness as well as sexual responsibility and accountability, increasing awareness of the effects of HIV/AIDS on communities and children.
Girls Circle is an evidence-based, structured support group for girls ages 9 to 18. The model integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to build positive connection, develop personal and collective strengths, and empower participants.
Youth Performing Arts Program
YWCA Jamestown's Youth Performing Arts Program provides youth with the opportunity to learn a variety of performance and storytelling techniques through participation in theater games and activities. Participants build self-esteem, empathy toward others and awareness around social issues through the art of storytelling.