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Implementation Requirements and Guidance

Program Structure and Timeline

The program consists of six 60 minute modules delivered over 2 days or more. Participants are organized in small mixed gender groups of 6 to 10 youth.



The program requires at least one formally trained staff member to help organize and facilitate the program's implementation. Facilitators should have a comprehensive understanding of Latino culture (with particular emphasis on sexual relationship dynamics), the developing sexual needs of youth, and the relevance of HIV/AIDS, STD, and pregnancy for Latino youth.   Support staff and an Advisory Board are also needed to assist facilitators and program managers.

  • Support staff can include members of the community, current staff members of the implementing agency, or peer advisors/mentors.
  • The Advisory board should be comprised of community members with insights into the needs of targeted youth.


Program Materials and Resources

The iCuidate! 2nd edition implementation kit consists of:

  • Facilitator Curriculum
  • Curriculum DVD and CD set
    - ¡Cuidate! Take Care of Yourself
    - Demasiado Joven
    - Sofia & Miguel: Condom Negotiation
    - Music CD
  • Activity Set
  • A printable activity set (on CD)

The distributor also provides access to a table of contents and a sample lesson on their website:


Additional Needs for Implementation

Location selection should be based on several factors, such as adequate, safe, secure space, access to material that cannot be transported (e.g., electrical outlets for TV/DVD player), and a central location that is easily accessible.



Guidance for implementing iCuidate! with fidelity can be found on ETR’s Program Success Center website:


Training and Staff Support

Staff Training:

Formal training is highly recommended for educators who plan to teach iCuidate! to prepare them to effectively implement and replicate the curriculum with fidelity for the intended participants.

Training on ¡Cuídate! is available through ETR's Professional Learning Services. Training options include a 2-day Training of Educators with follow-up support. Visit for more information or submit a Training & TA Request Form.

Technical Assistance and Ongoing Support:

ETR provides in-person and web- or phone-based technical assistance before, during and/or after program implementation. TA is tailored to the needs of the site and is designed to support quality assurance, trouble-shoot adaptation issues, and boost implementation. Contact ETR’s Professional Learning Services through the Program Support Help Desk or visit


Allowable Adaptations

The developer notes the following allowable adaptations to the program, but consultation with the model developer in the adaptation process is necessary to ensure fidelity:

Program Structure:

  • In the original research study, the program was conducted in two sessions (3 modules per session) within a 1-week period. It would be feasible to deliver more sessions (e.g., 3 sessions with 2 modules per session, over a 3-week period or 6 sessions with 1 module per session, over a 6-week period). It is recommended that there be a minimum of two sessions to allow sufficient time for participants to process the information presented.

Program Participants:

  • In the original research study, groups included boys and girls. Both girls and boys responded favorably to the group mix, saying they were interested in what the other sex thought. Single gender groups might also be effective. Group size should be large enough to provide interaction among participants, and to allow all youth to practice skills. Larger groups may be feasible if more than one facilitator is available.
  • Age range of participants is 13 to 18 years. In the original research study, a diverse age range did not create difficulties. You may decide to include a similar age range or restrict groups to a specific age range.

Program Facilitators:

  • Facilitators able to work with youth and demonstrate correct condom use techniques: Professionals and community workers can effectively deliver the ¡Cuídate! program. They should be comfortable with youth and in discussing sexual issues.

Program Activities:

  • Use of role-plays and scenarios to demonstrate and emphasize specific points included in the program and to allow participants to practice skills learned: Specifics of role-plays can be changed to address the age, sexual experience, language, race/ethnicity and sexual orientation of the group.
  • Use of music and videos relevant to your population or community: Several places in the program allow flexibility in choosing music or videos to reinforce important messages or themes in the program.

Program Language:

  • Sessions may be conducted in either English or Spanish. It is recommended that the program be conducted in only one language because switching languages when youth are NOT bilingual can interrupt the group dynamic.