Focus on Youth (FOY)
Focus on Youth (FOY) : A HIV/STD and pregnancy Risk Reduction Program for Youth
Focus on Youth is a community-based 8-session HIV, STD and pregnancy prevention intervention for African American youth. It provides youth with the skills and knowledge to make healthy decisions that will prevent unplanned pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The curriculum uses fun, interactive activities such as games, role plays and discussions, and community projects to convey prevention knowledge and skills. The intervention was updated from Focus on Kids, a community-university linked research and intervention program.
Curriculum Objectives and Lessons
Focus on Youth includes information and skills about: decision making, values, how to access information, communication, negotiation, goals for the future, teen pregnancy, abstinence, contraception, STD, HIV, alcohol and other drug use, and facts about a healthy sexual lifestyle.
At the completion of the program, youth will be able to:
FOY is comprised of the following eight sessions:
Theoretical Framework of FOY
Focus on Youth is based on the Protection Motivation Theory, a social cognitive theory which emphasizes the balance between pressures to engage in the risk behavior, the risks involved, and the consideration of alternatives.