The choice of topic this week is on the subject of Federal Funding Programs who offer examples of superb foundational programs in order to receive Federal Funding. Strong goals are often needed for proposals; and sometimetimes clear examples are needed for finding an excellent program to learn from and to shadow. This can be daunting, thus, time consuming; so I've done my viewers the favor of researching such programs. Several were found of which offered exceptional points for new abstinence programs to model after; or for individuals who eagerly want to begin a program of their own. Your next step is to read, follow, contact them for further information, critique their method, and pass it on to your community.
The first is an Abstinence Program based out of Atlanta, Georgia called, "Choosing The Best." Choosing the Best, an abstinence program based in Atlanta, Georgia, has developed curricula and parental education materials that are used nationwide. Since the company started in 1993, over one million students have completed CTB. Students in public or private schools are taught the program by their teachers, who can be trained by CTB staff. CTB has four age-appropriate programs for 6th through 12th graders. Each curriculum teaches students the consequences of premarital sex, the benefits of abstaining until marriage, relationship education, how to make a virginity pledge, refusal skills, and character education. Choosing the Best involves parents in their children's lessons and educates them about how to teach abstinence to their children.
This abstinence program has also contributed to lower teen-pregnancy rates in Georgia. In Columbus, Georgia, CTB materials were used in all 8th grades for a period of four years. A study requested by the Georgia State Board of Education to examine the effectiveness of this curriculum found a 38-percent reduction in pregnancies among middle-school students in Muscogee County between 1997 and 1999. Other large school districts that did not implement the Choosing the Best program experienced only a 6-percent reduction in teen pregnancies during those same years.
Second, comes from a program located in Rochester , New York. This abstinence program, uses a local mass media campaign, a user-friendly website, and a school-based program to promote the abstinence message. Television and radio ads, educational materials for parents, posters (and guides to accompany them) for schools, community centers and pediatricians' offices were part of this program, which aimed at youth age 9-14. Postponing Sexual Involvement, an educational series, was used in some elementary and middle schools in Monroe County.
Thirdly, The Best Friends program, founded in Washington, D.C., in 1987 and operating in more than 100 schools in the United States, teaches students about many topics, including friendship, love and dating, self-respect, decision making, alcohol and drug abuse, physical fitness and nutrition, AIDS, and STDs. In addition, the program uses role model presentations, mentoring, community service, and a recognition ceremony at local schools to help young girls abstain from premarital sex, drugs, alcohol and smoking. The Diamond Girls program for high school students focuses on career development and leadership activities during monthly and weekend meetings.
Fourth, Operation Keepsake, a Cleveland, Ohio-based abstinence program started in 1988, teaches its For Keeps curriculum in 90 public and private schools in the greater Cleveland area. It is presently taught to at least 15,000 middle and high school students. Along with a classroom component, this program also includes peer mentoring, guest speakers, opportunities to make an abstinence pledge, and parental involvement.
All four I found were great programs when it comes to giving starter pointers in building platforms for awareness on the subjects of Abstinence, Remaining Chase, and Chastity. Although, researching is the best action for any of these programs, also remember it's never a minus to contact any researched in order to gain knowledge.