By Christine Kalmbach
After an objective review by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Sexual Risk Avoidance abstinence curriculum, Heritage Keepers, has been approved and found effective in delaying sexual initiation among youth. The curriculum is offered by Heritage Community Services located in Charleston, SC.
The rigorous program design involved 2,215 youth in 7-9th grades. Findings showed that those receiving the Heritage Keepers curriculum were significantly less likely to initiate sex than a comparison group at the 12 months follow-up. The study reports, “Sexual experience increased from 29.1% to 33.7% for the program participants, and from 29.2% to 43.2% among the comparison group.”
Information about Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education:
- It is the only A-H consistent abstinence-until-marriage program recognized by the US HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) on their list of the 31 proven-effective evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
- It has been reviewed by US Office of Population Affairs, Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and approved for medical accuracy.
- Additionally, in September 2013, the Medical Institute for Sexual Health also reviewed and approved the curriculum for medical accuracy.
- In September 2013, the National Abstinence Education Association reviewed and approved the curriculum for meeting the federal Title V, Section 510 A-H requirements for abstinence education.
- The curriculum has been reviewed and approved for being inclusive and non-stigmatizing towards LGBTQ youth.
- The curriculum has been reviewed and approved for compliance with federal regulations prohibiting support of programs that promote religion or abortion.
- The curriculum is compliant with the SC Comprehensive Health Education Act and compliant with SC Health Standards
Extensive behavioral studies indicate that a year after Heritage Keepers®, program students initiated sex at a rate 67% lower than well-matched non-program students. This particular study was of 2,215 students in 41 SC schools, and the population of the study was 63% African American. Strong program outcomes have been found across age, gender and race in rural, urban and suburban settings.
“It is important to understand what works in empowering youth to eliminate the risks of teen sexual activity. The National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) is committed to promoting research that can inform this goal. We congratulate Heritage Community Services on their success in impacting the lives and sexual health of youth, “ stated Valerie Huber, Executive Director of NAEA.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is offering FREE Heritage Services training with your reservation (space is limited).
Tuesday, February 25 through Thursday, February 27, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day
Introduction to Evidence-Based Programs, Levels of Intervention, Psychosocial Mediators, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Behavior Change Model, Emotional Intelligence, Hardwired to Connect, Emotional Life of Boys, Social Intelligence, Self Efficacy, Primal Leadership, Biology of Love, Denial-Cultural and Personal, Benefits of Marriage, Impact of Fathers, Monitoring Fidelity, and Evaluation
Curriculum Overview of Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education, Rationale and Predictors of Abstinence, Values and Goals, Dice Game, Anatomy, Birth Video, Sex is Like Fire, Marriage Fireplace, STD Presentation, STD/Pink Water Demonstration, Role-Plays, Love-Lust-Infatuation, Perfect Person to Date vs. Perfect Spouse, SAFE Plan, Imagine Your Wedding, Commitment Cards
Application of theory and methodology to the curriculum
Who should attend?
Public and private school educators, youth leaders, community agencies that serve youth, youth and family counselors, health providers and advocates, parent leaders, and those in related fields.
Seating is Limited!
The video starts out show a young Hispanic female doing street construction work. She uses a jackhammer, a drill and grinder. She’s dressed in a coverall, safety glasses and a yellow hard hat. She looks the part.
The female voiceover says, “My father always told me to use the right tools… for the right job…” the scene fades away and then soft guitar music quietly strums. We see a guy in bed wearing a hard hat in a dark room and with what seems little else… Our young, female construction worker walks through the bedroom door and in the blink of an eye her coverall is stripped away and she is wearing a thin, cotton tank top that says “Safe is Sexy” (and the camera focuses on her breasts jiggling) and a pair of tight daisy dukes as she makes a beeline for the bed. She excitedly tosses her hard hat off to the right and jumps into bed under the covers which completely envelop her. You hear subtle, seductive laughing by her and then him. With the biggest grin, he throws the covers over his head and dives in. A red tool box is what we see next and the bumper sticker “Planning is Power” is affixed to the lid. We then see the hand of our young woman flipping it open as she reaches in for a condom amongst the sex toys, birth control pills plus many other objects. She doesn’t reach for the lone condom in the right tray, no, that is definitely not enough as she reaches to the bottom for the condom strip of six! We then see her shape sitting up under the blanket on top of the guy as she coos, “Oooh, nice tool”! Then the commercial closes with heavy guitar music and tells teens, “Planned Parenthood is your toolbox. For an appointment call 1-800-230-PLAN or visit ppggdotorg”
Can you think of one father that would want his sweet baby girl to go to Planned Parenthood so she could have illicit sex with a man or as many men as possible?! Everyone knows or should know that condoms offer some protection but NOT 100% foolproof protection! ONLY abstinence offers 100% protection from STI’s and HIV/AIDS! Many STI’s are not protected by condoms because they can be transmitted by contact with the genital area, mouth, throat and even under fingernails where it can be spread through not only vaginal sex but oral/anal sex but even mutual masturbation! Oral cancers are on the rise – it turns out that HPV can cause malignant tumors in the throat just like on the cervix. HIV transmission is 20 times higher with anal intercourse than with vaginal intercourse. The excitement and fun of this sex escapade does not indicate if this couple is married and if this is a committed, monogamous relationship. The message clearly implies, “go ahead have sex and use a condom as a tool”…this commercial does not encourage abstinence, delaying gratification or good decision making nor does it tell about the depression or suicide rates that are higher among sexually active teens! It aired on MTV which is watched by a majority of teens and is Planned Parenthood’s primary target. Parents need to make sure that Planned Parenthood never makes into their child’s toolbox! See texasparentscare.com for more information on the war on our children via “sexual education” starting with children as young as Kindergarten.
1 Grossman, Dr. Miriam (2009) “Sense & Sexuality” The College Girl’s Guide to Real Protection in a Hooked Up World. Works Cited Page.