ERIC Number: ED443935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
PlainTalk Starter Kit: A Practical Guide to Community-Based Programming To Reduce Teen Pregnancy, STDs and HIV/AIDS.
Plain Talk is a community-based initiative designed to assist neighborhood groups and residents in creating and implementing locally acceptable and effective strategies to protect sexually active youth from pregnancy. Plain Talk aims to affect individual, neighborhood, and community behavior through a process that focuses on helping adults develop the skills and tools they need to communicate with young people to reduce adolescent sexual risk taking. This starter kit describes the strategies used in the five Plain Talk sites and attempts to capture the lessons these communities learned while carrying out the program. The kit is organized into six sections: (1) a description of the structure of the program; (2) community mapping; (3) establishing a resident network; (4) developing resident involvement and leadership; (5) education and skills building; and (6) reinforcing key messages. Each section has one or more chapters that provide details about the activity. They offer a description of the activity, suggested steps for carrying it out, trouble-shooting ideas, and resources. Key lessons derived from the Plain Talk program center on the importance of involving community residents and letting them drive the program. (SLD)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Adolescents, Community Programs, Early Parenthood, Pregnancy, Prevention, Program Development, Program Implementation, Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Urban Youth
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-223-2890; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site: www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.