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Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART)

Program Overview


Janet S. St. Lawrence, Ph.D.


Program Summary

Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART) is an HIV prevention curriculum developed for African American adolescents, that is based on ethnic pride and can be delivered in non-school, community-based settings. BART consists of eight sessions, which are 1.5 to 2 hours each. The program uses interactive group discussions and role plays that have been created by teens.

Although the focus of Becoming a Responsible Teen is HIV/AIDS prevention, the curriculum includes topics and activities relevant to teen pregnancy prevention. Teens learn to clarify their own values about sexual decisions and pressures as well as practice skills to reduce sexual risk-taking. These include correct condom use, assertive communication, refusal techniques, self-management, and problem solving. Also, abstinence is woven throughout the curriculum and is discussed as the best way to prevent HIV infection and pregnancy.


Target Population

The program was designed for youth ages 14 to 18. It was tested with African-American youth who were ages 14 to 18. Some studies separated participants by gender while others did not.


Program Setting

The program was designed to be implemented in non-school settings, including after school or in health clinics. It was evaluated in community-based organizations, health clinics, high schools, and correctional facilities.


Contact and Availability Information

For curriculum, materials, and pricing information, please contact:

Nancy Gonzalez-Caro, MPH Evidence-Based Product Specialist
100 Enterprise Way, Suite G300
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Ph: 800-321-4407 x237

For training and support, please contact:

See above

Sample of curriculum available for review prior to purchase: Yes

Adaptation guidelines or kit available: Yes

Languages available: English