DTBY Care to Wait Programs

 

Care to Wait for Families with Youth (ages 12 to 14)

Care to Wait for Youth Only (ages 12 to 14) NEW!

 

Care to Wait Family Program

The DTBY Care to Wait program uses the basic DARE to be You model adapted for middle school youth and their families and includes a sex education/abstinence education program. The goal of the program is to reduce teen pregnancy and risky sexual behaviors in teens by enhancing individual protective factors that support youth resilience – particularly self-efficacy, decision-making, and peer refusal skills – and strengthening their family relationships – notably communication about intimacy and sex, and parental monitoring. The DTBY Care to Wait curriculum is based on the model DTBY curriculum that has shown to be effective in cultivating youth resilience by building protective factors that buffer them from risky behaviors such as substance abuse.  This program is in its eighth year of research.

Families meet for 11 sessions over three or four months.  To complete the program, family members attend 20 hours of classroom activities. 

This family component has three basic components:

  • The parent component focuses on personal and parenting efficacy, stress management, home management skills including monitoring and strengthening family communication and positive relationships.  Adults also learn ways to talk to their youth about sex and intimacy, abstinence.
  • Youth learn important skills in personal efficacy and self management, decision making including identifying risky situations, improved communication and social skills.  Practice in key protective elements, like refusal skills, are included in the curriculum.  Age appropriate activities are available for younger siblings.
  • The family component includes weekly family meals, social time, and parent-youth activities. Parents and youth have weekly activities together to practice communication and develop close family relations.  They also participate together is one session with activities about human reproduction, STI’s and ways to stay safe.

An incentive program to recruit and encourage the families' completion of the program includes:

  • family meals,
  • a supportive, non-judgmental environment that builds on family strengths, and
  • a financial incentive for completion of all workshops.  (The original model provided $200 for each adult family member that completed the program.)

Training by an approved DTBY trainer is required to implement this program. See Research and Publications for evaluation results on the original study.

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Care to Wait Youth Only Program

The DTBY Care to Wait program uses the basic DARE to be You model adapted for middle school youth and their families and includes a sex education/abstinence education program. The goal of the program is to reduce teen pregnancy and risky youth graduationsexual behaviors in teens by enhancing individual protective factors that support youth resilience – particularly self-efficacy, decision-making, and peer refusal skills – and strengthening their family relationships – notably communication about intimacy and sex, and parental monitoring. The DTBY Care to Wait curriculum is based on the model DTBY curriculum that has shown to be effective in cultivating youth resilience by building protective factors that buffer them from risky behaviors such as substance abuse.

Youth meet for 11 sessions over three or four months. To complete the program, youth attend 20 hours of classroom activities. 
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Middle school youth, 12-14 years of age, learn important skills in personal efficacy and self management, decision making including identifying risky situations, improved communication and social skills. Practice in key protective elements, like refusal skills, are included in the curriculum.  They also participate together is one session with activities about human reproduction, STI’s and ways to stay safe.

An incentive program to recruit and encourage completion of the program includes:  A meal or snack, a supportive, non-judgmental environment that builds on personal strengths, and a financial incentive for completion of all workshops. (The pilot program provided $50 for completion of 20 hours.)

As part of a research initiative around the effectiveness of the Care to Wait program, the youth component was adapted as a Youth Only Program.  Training by an approved DTBY trainer is required to implement this program.  See Research and Publications for evaluation results on the original study.  

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