Guiding youth to lead healthy and safe lives.

Teen Pregnancy
& STD Prevention

You Can’t Prevent Something You Don’t Understand

Is there anything more awkward or embarrassing than talking to your kids about sex? You’re not alone—most parents feel this way. But because there are so many physical and emotional risks involved when teenagers have sex, it’s important to engage your kids in open, informed, nonjudgmental conversations. These conversations can, and probably should, focus on reasons why waiting to have sex is a good idea. They may roll their eyes at you, but you have a better chance at keeping them healthy and safe.

“This program was very effective and I think had a positive impact on everyone.”

7th grader at Creston Middle School

Making a Difference!®

Making a Difference!® provides middle school students with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to remain sexually abstinent, thus eliminating their risk of STDs and teen pregnancy. Endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a proven, evidence-based curriculum, Making A Difference!® is an eight-session program that is medically accurate, age-appropriate, and free of social biases.

What Students Learn:

Session 1

  • Reflect on goals and dreams for the future and discover what steps are needed to take in order to make those dreams come true
  • Reflect on the impact teenage pregnancy and STDs may have on life goals

Session 2

  • Review major puberty changes in both genders
  • Discuss reasons some teens choose to become sexually active and identify benefits of abstinence

Session 3

  • Use medically accurate information to debunk common myths surrounding pregnancy and pregnancy prevention

Session 4

  • Learn about STDs and their modes of transmission
  • Discuss methods of STD prevention, risky behaviors, and ways to lower the risk of infection
  • Discuss abstinence as the only 100% way to avoid pregnancy and STDs

Session 5

  • Learn about HIV/AIDS transmission
  • Discuss information on HIV/AIDS prevention, risky behaviors, healthy relationship behaviors, and ways to lower the risk of infection
  • Discuss abstinence as the only 100% way to avoid pregnancy and STDs

Session 6

  • Reflect on attitudes and beliefs about sex and abstinence
  • Discuss messages relayed from the media and social sources regarding sex

Session 7

  • Learn skills for responding to peer and partner pressure regarding sex
  • Discuss self-esteem, setting limitations/boundaries, and negotiation skills
  • Discuss how to advocate for their own needs in all relationships

Session 8

  • Use role play to reinforce lessons from previous sessions and to increase communication, negotiation, and refusal skills

Indiana law (IC 20-10.1-4-11) states, “when sexuality education is taught, abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage must be stressed. Instruction must teach that abstinence outside of marriage and a mutually monogamous relationship inside of marriage are the best ways to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems.” LifeSmart Youth adheres to Indiana’s legal requirements in our abstinence-based programs. We also utilize the medically accurate definition of abstinence as “not engaging in vaginal, oral, or anal sex.”

In accordance with the new Indiana law SB65, parents of the youth served by LifeSmart Youth are provided Opt In consent forms for the Human Growth & Development and Making A Difference! programs.

This program requires an eight-session commitment. Sessions can be combined to fit block scheduling. For more information or to schedule a program, contact us at (317) 667-0340 or info@lifesmartyouth.org.

Help us guide Indiana youth to lead healthy and safe lives.