Personal Responsibility Education Program Innovation Strategies (PREIS)
Success with Adolescent Goals (SWAG)
Success with Adolescent Goals is program for young people ages 12-17 sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health, and Capacity Builders, Inc. The program is designed to help young people to set and achieve positive goals for their lives, make positive contributions to their communities and to engage in positive health behaviors, including postponing sexual involvement. The program will focus on issues around values, relationships with family and peers, life skills, and sexuality education. In addition, students will participate in service learning activities under the supervision of an adult mentor. The aspect of the program will also involve facilitated refection that connects meaningful community service with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility.
Goal 1: Increase knowledge of STDs, skills in dealing with stress and depression, conflict resolution skills, and reduce their likelihood of fathering or parenting a child.
Goal 2: Host a SWAG Parent Orientation event, encouraging parents and guardians to participate throughout the program.
Goal 3: Have students complete 15 hours of service learning projects under the supervision of an adult mentor.
Making A Difference! Curriculum
The curriculum that is going be used within this program is called Making A Difference! Making A Difference! is an evidence-based curriculum that includes a series of fun an interactive learning experiences designed to increase participation and help young adolescents understand the faulty reasoning and decision making that puts them at risk for HIV/STIs and pregnancy.
Goals of Making A Difference!
- Help young people change behaviors that place them at risk for HIV, STIs and pregnancy;
- Delay the initiation of sex among sexually inexperience youth;
- Reduce unprotected sex among sexually active youth;
- Help young people make proud and responsible decisions about their sexual behaviors.
Arizona Department of Health (AZDOH)
New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH)