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Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education

Implementation Requirements and Guidance

Program Structure and Timeline

Heritage Keepers can be implemented in five 90-minute sessions or ten 45-minute sessions, depending on the school or agency schedule. The program is delivered during required sessions that are on consecutive days.

Ideal group size is up to 25 students, but larger groups are permitted.

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Staffing

The program can be facilitated by a trained and certified regular classroom educator or by a trained and certified guest educator provided by a service agency. It is recommended that educators have:

  • At least an undergraduate degree.
  • Genuine belief in the value of sexual abstinence outside of marriage for teens and young adults.
  • Acceptance that there are varying levels of sexual experience in most audiences of teens and that abstinence outside of marriage is an option for all – regardless of sexual experience.
  • Ability to engage teens and young adults.

Facilitators should have successfully completed training, and be willing to improve with feedback.

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Program Materials and Resources

The core materials that are included with the Heritage Keepers program are a Core Required Curriculum teacher kit, which includes: a teacher and student manual; Sex, Lies, & Hook Ups: A Parent's Guide for Fighting Back; 3 STD CDs (male only, female only, and both); 30 Benefits of Marriage; Activities materials and Videos: human development, teaching demo, and 7 parent/educator videos.

Providers can request a sample of the curriculum by calling Anne Badgley, MEd, CEO at 843-654-7740 x120 or emailing her at abadgley@heritageservices.org.

The following support materials are also available:

  • A second level of Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education and a series of five abstinence-based character workbooks.
  • Books expounding upon the theoretical and methodological foundation for Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education: Sex, Lies and Hook-Ups: A Parent’s Guide for Fighting Back and Sex, Lies and Hook-Ups: A Teen’s Guide for Fighting Back.
  • Copies of Dr. Stan Weed's pre- and post-surveys

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Additional Needs for Implementation

None specified

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Fidelity

Fidelity to the curriculum content, in the order in which it is presented, is required.

  • Educators track content using a check list provided by Heritage Community Services in the Teacher Kit.
  • Consultation and on-going support related to fidelity to theory and methodology is available.
  • Feedback on pre and post survey progress related to mediators of teen initiation of sex can be provided to educators and program managers with improvement strategies and appropriate advanced training.
Agencies conducting an evaluation of the program must use the Heritage Keepers monitoring, evaluation and reporting services or there must be a formal agreement between Heritage and your selected evaluator.

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Training and Staff Support

Staff Training:

Heritage Keepers offers two types of training:

  1. Professional Certification Training is required when teaching Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education with government or foundation support (for example, CAE, PREP and Title V, Section 510 funding), when the program is being taught in public schools, and for any government or public school district using the program. Professional Certification Training is also required whenever the program is evaluated. Each person participating in Professional Certification Training is required to purchase a Heritage keepers® Abstinence Education Teacher Kit and must complete a multi-day professional training.
  2. Community Authorization Training is available for any person/agency providing Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education without government or foundation support (for example, non-profits using private donations). Each person requesting Community Authorization to teach Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education is required to study Sex, Lies and Hook Ups: A Parent’s Guide for Fighting Back and then pass an authorization test before teaching the curriculum to adolescents.
Evaluation of Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education is not allowed with the second training option. This option may not be used for agencies/individuals teaching in public schools nor may it be used for agencies using government or foundation support to provide Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education. Trained persons that receive Community Authorization are not certified Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education educators.   Costs related to training and staff support may be found at http://www.heritageservice.org. The readiness exam must be purchased and successfully completed prior to purchasing curriculum materials.

Technical Assistance and Ongoing Support:

Consultation and on-going support related to fidelity to theory and methodology is available. Contact Anne Badgley, MEd, CEO at abadgley@heritageservices.org or 843-654-7740 x 120 to discuss technical assistance and consultation services

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Allowable Adaptations

The developer has noted the following guidelines for adaptations, and requires consultation for any further changes to the program:

  • Educators facilitating the program should be from the local communities represented, so they are familiar with the population, the vernacular, traditions, and mores.
  • The curriculum also allows educators to prepare appropriate stories that illustrate the concept being presented, and these are tailored to the audience with consideration for age, race and gender.
  • The stories must demonstrate fidelity to program core concepts, contents, and the theoretical foundation for the program. Guidelines are provided during the required professional training.
  • Any further adaptations to meet the needs of those being served must not violate CDC Generic Adaptation Guidelines at www.cdc.gov/TeenPregnancy/Docs/AdaptationGuidelines.docx and must be negotiated with and approved by the officers of Heritage Community Services. 

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