Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART)
Becoming a Responsible Teen: An HIV Risk Reduction Program for Adolescents
(BART) is an HIV prevention curriculum designed primarily for African-American adolescents, ages 14-18, in non-school, community-based settings. It consists of eight sessions, 1.5 to 2 hours each, and includes interactive group discussions and role plays that have been created by teens. Teens learn to "spread the word" to their friends about HIV risks. They are encouraged to practice skills outside the group and share the results. The group provides creative solutions to reported problems.
Although the focus of BART is HIV/AIDS prevention, the curriculum includes topics and activities relevant to teen pregnancy prevention. Teens learn to clarify their own values about sexual decisions and pressures as well as practice skills to reduce sexual risk-taking. These include correct condom use, assertive communication, refusal techniques, self-management, and problem solving. Also, abstinence is woven throughout the curriculum and is discussed as the best way to prevent HIV infection and pregnancy.
BART has been used in a variety of settings with youth from different cultures.
Curriculum Objectives and Lessons
Youth who participate in BART will be able to:
BART is comprised of the following eight sessions:
Theoretical Framework of BART
BART is based on Social Learning Theory and Self-efficacy Theory. These theories are reflected in BART in four major ways: