Building Futures for Youth - Phase III
The Building Futures for Youth (BFY) project is a pilot intervention program for 6th grade students and their parents in the District of Columbia public school system. The full intervention will include students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The primary overall goal of the project is to help students learn to make healthy life choices and delay sexual initiation.
Sixth-grade children and parents in four Washington, D.C., public schools will be recruited for this study. Children from two schools will participate in the BFY intervention program and children from two other schools will serve as controls. Participants are guided through three study phases, with each phase spanning one school year, as follows:
Sixth-grade students are given a foundation in goal setting, decision-making and communication skills. They gain knowledge about puberty, reproduction, and the negative consequences associated with having a child at a young age. They learn strategies for getting out of situations in which they feel pressured to engage in sexual activity. Through lessons, activities, and discussions they are given tools to answer the following questions:
- Who am I? Students engage in self-reflection activities and discussions that allow them to become aware of their values, beliefs and strengths, increasing self-esteem and a positive self-image.
- What do I want for my life? Students engage in goal-setting activities, creating short-term and long-term goals and mapping out the necessary steps to achieve the goals.
- How do I get there? Students are instructed in decision-making, problem-solving and communication skills.
- How can having sex too early affect my life and the goals I want to achieve? Students explore the negative impact that engaging in sexual activity too early and getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant can have on their emotional, social and financial lives.
Seventh grade students are given the tools and skills necessary to deal with a variety of challenges they may experience during their developmental years. They receive comprehensive sex education, in conjunction with life skills such as relationship negotiation, dating skills, violence prevention and problem-solving skills.
Eighth grade students are guided through a series of activities that encourage students to translate knowledge gained in the 6th and 7th grade phases into long-term behavioral changes and risk reduction. Activities include writing and performing skills, creating an informational pamphlet, designing T-shirts and creating poetry that affirms the BFY message.
In addition, students participate in a program of community service projects, such as the Anacostia River clean-up coordinated by the Earth Conservation Corps and Martin Luther King Day events coordinated by Howard University's Community Association and Project Change.
Parents are provided skills training and information on a variety of issues relating to adolescent sexuality, parental monitoring and parent-child communication.
Procedure: Risk Behavior Prevention Intervention Program
|Study Design:||Primary Purpose: Treatment|
|Official Title:||Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention: Building Futures for Youth|
|Study Start Date:||January 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||October 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||October 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00341471
|United States, District of Columbia|
|Howard University Hospital|
|Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20060|