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Adulthood preparation subjects (APS) are a required component of any Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)–funded adolescent pregnancy prevention (APP) program. These subjects include financial literacy, healthy relationships, and educational and career success, as well as broader topics such as parent-child communication, adolescent development, and healthy life skills. PREP grantees must address at least three of these topics through evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention curricula or other educational resource tools.
What Are Adulthood Preparation Subjects?
APS help reduce adolescent risky behaviors, including smoking and drug abuse, by helping youth think critically about their decisions. These subjects build confidence, decision-making, refusal skills, and awareness. For example, some APS curricula teach youth characteristics of healthy relationships, such as mutual respect, trust, and honesty. Youth also learn about risks to avoid in relationships and factors that are associated with unhealthy relationships, such as control, disrespect, and physical and sexual violence.
Although the evidence for APS is still emerging, incorporating the subjects into APP programs may help reduce sexual risk taking, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you integrate healthy life skills into your program, incorporating activities that are interactive, skills-based, or community-involved helps to ground lessons learned in real-world examples.
You can find many evidence-based and evidence-supported curricula that focus on adulthood preparation subjects. For example, the Teen Outreach Program (TOP), Project TALC (Teens and Adults Learning to Communicate), and Sisters Informing, Healing, Living, and Empowering (SIHLE) are three evidence-based programs that effectively incorporate healthy relationships in their modules. Botvin's LifeSkills® Training Program (evidence-based) and the Transition to Independence Model (evidence-supported) are two examples of programs that include a focus on healthy life skills.
How Do I Incorporate Adulthood Preparation Subjects in My Program?
Most APP programs already have a focus on at least one of the six adulthood preparation subjects. Here are some strategies to further engage your participants so that APS messages stick:
- Consider adding activities like role play or group discussions. Interactive methods make subjects easier for adolescents to learn.
- Partner with local organizations. Investment clubs, sport-focused clubs, or service organizations may offer opportunities that can enhance lessons from APS.
- Provide leadership opportunities. Helping to facilitate a group discussion or leading an advisory committee can help youth feel more invested in a subject and therefore more likely to remember important lessons.
Want to explore other ways you can incorporate APS into your APP program? Check out The Exchange’s APS tip sheets. Each tip sheet provides additional information, types of activities, and evidence-based programs for the six APS areas. Use this suite of materials to help you build an even stronger program.
Download the APS tip sheets, and start incorporating these subjects into your program today! Find each topic: Healthy Life Skills Adolescent Development Financial Literacy Parent-Child Communication Educational and Career Success Healthy Relationships