Project Vida "Making a Difference" Curriculum

Overview Of lessons To Making a Difference Curriculum


  1. Getting to know you and steps to making your dreams come true. - Describe the benefits of proud and responsible behavior. - Identify the consequences of sex and strategies for reducing those consequences.

    - Identify barriers to achieve their personal goals and strategies for overcoming them.

  2. Understanding adolescent’s sexuality and abstinence - Increase participants knowledge about, physical, emotional, and sexual development associated with puberty. - Increase participants awareness of the pressures to become involved in sexual activity. - Increase participants awareness of the benefits of abstinence.

  3. Consequences of sex: HIV infection - Increase participants knowledge about HIV/AIDS and HIV risk-associated behavior. - Help participants identify behaviors that place people at risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection.

  4. Attitudes, beliefs and giving advice about HIV/ STDS and abstinence - Understand how self-esteem affects decision making. - Develop positive attitudes toward abstinence - understand why abstinence is the safest and best way to avoid pregnancy, HIV and others STDs.

  5. Consequences of sex: STD’s - Identify signs and symptoms of the most common STDs. - Identify how STDs and HIV are transmitted. - Acknowledge the risk of contracting and STD. 

  6. The consequences of sex: Pregnancy - Understand the facts and myths about pregnancy. - Express positive feelings toward pregnancy prevention. - Identify consequences of unplanned pregnancy.


  7. Responding to peer pressure and partner pressure - Identify the specific sexual behaviors that fit within their personal comfort zone. - Recognize pressure from peers to engage in sexual activity. - Advocate for abstinence with yourself and other young people.

Role play: refusal and negotiation skills.

- Increase communication, negotiation and refusal skills regarding abstinence
- Identify and explain the characteristics and body language of saying “NO” effectively.
- Enhance students’ ability to resist situations that place them at risk for pregnancy, HIV and other STDs.
- Increase students sense of pride and responsibility in negotiating abstinence.