Utilizing evidence-based programming to promote youth empowerment, support community education and awareness, and prevent STIs and teen pregnancy.
The Sexually Transmitted Infection/Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (STITPPI) promotes and supports community awareness of sexually-transmitted infections and how to prevent them as well as reduction of teen pregnancy and associated risk behaviors. The goals of the program are to 1) increase knowledge, self-empowerment, and preparation for adulthood among AI/AN youth within participating communities in order to 2) contribute to a reduction in teen pregnancies, sexual risk behaviors, and STIs through the provision of medically-accurate, culturally-competent, and informed/responsive teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) education.
The program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration on Children, Youth & Families (ACYF) through the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s (FYSB) Tribal PREP program. For more information, see their website here.
STITPPI’s second cycle (2016-2021) has already begun in partnership with four tribes in the Great Plains Area. Accomplishments from the past year include:
- Completed assessments to guide the program’s development within each tribal nation;
- Establishment of a Tribal Advisory Group and Youth Leadership Council within each tribal nation;
- Determining evidence-based curricula to be used, Adolescent Development topics to focus on, and other implementation logistics;
- Training GPTCHB and local staff in the implementation of selected curricula;
- Hosting a regional teen pregnancy prevention conference for GPTCHB and local staff, our Sanford evaluators, and partners affiliated with South Dakota’s State PREP program.
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STITPPI’s first cycle (2011-2016) showed very promising results within the three participating communities in the Great Plains that hint at the impact of the Draw the Line/Respect the Line (DTL/RTL) curriculum for tribal youth, including:
- A significant increase in the perceived presence of positive relationships, prosocial behaviors, and parent-child communication among participating youth;
- A significant increase in sexual health knowledge among participating youth;
- Significantly lower intentions of having sex in the next six months.