The Project Safe Teen Health Project is an evidence based community-level intervention (CLI) that helps adolescents develop skills to enact change, and provides continued modeling, peer norm and social reinforcement for maintaining behaviors that prevent HIV and unplanned pregnancy. This intervention has proven to be effective in helping teens to postpone sexual activity and in increasing adolescents’ use of condoms if they are sexually active.

Adolescents first attend 6 hours of workshops that focus on HIV/STD education and skills training on avoiding unwanted sex, sexual negotiation, and condom use, with themes of personal pride and self-respect. After completion, opinion leaders are nominated by their peers in the workshop to receive additional training to become peer health educators in our introductory group, Teen Health Council.