The Modules

 

 

 

Module 1: Getting To Know You and Making Positive Choices
Module 1 provides a clear definition of sexual abstinence as choosing to not have sexual activity until marriage, and it teaches that abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage is the expected standard. Furthermore, it introduces four key concepts of the program: 1) making Positive Choices in order to; 2) reach a "North Star", personal goals and dreams; 3) the importance of creating boundaries called "Unshakeable Unbreakables," and 4) the importance of finding a "Dream Team," two or three others who will support the participant's efforts to maintain his or her "Unshakeable Unbreakables" and achieve his or her goals and dreams. In Module 1, participants will distinguish the difference between friendship and romantic relationships and discuss the negative consequences of sexual activity. Participants will also learn the concept of renewed abstinence and how to express affection without engaging in sexual activity. The module will conclude by identifying the benefits of practicing abstinence until marriage and how to make it work for them, in an effort to achieve goals and dreams.
Module 2: STDs and Pregnancy: How to Avoid the Risk

Module 2 focuses on increasing participants' knowledge regarding the harmful consequences of premarital sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases and non-marital pregnancy. Students are informed of the types and symptoms of STDs as well as the best way to ensure protection - abstinence until marriage. Students also learn that STDs can be asymptomatic and the importance of testing. Module 2 highlights how everyone who is sexually active is susceptible to infection. It also discusses another consequence of premarital sex: pregnancy. It teaches that non-marital pregnancy is likely to have harmful consequences, including making it more difficult for teenagers to achieve their dreams and goals. The module concludes by reinforcing STD and pregnancy facts, thereby strengthening participants' desire to practice abstinence until marriage.

Module 3: Abstinence Until Marriage: Why Wait
In Module 3, participants learn how their attitudes and beliefs about abstinence can influence their sexual behavior. Participants discuss how they can know for sure that waiting until marriage is best. The module explains the positive consequences of having sex within the boundaries of marriage. Participants explore barriers to practicing abstinence until marriage and ways to overcome such barriers. One of the barriers the module specifically addresses is the sexual messages in the media. Emphasis is given to the need for identifying other activities that can be done with friends. Modules 3 also promotes increased confidence and skills in refusing sexual advances. In this module, participants learn a three-step strategy for refusing sexual advances and other risky behaviors. Participants practice the three-step strategy by developing "come-backs" in response to pressuring statements.
Module 4: Making a Commitment to Abstinence
Module 4 provides an in-depth discussion on one of the most difficult but important parts of practicing abstinence until marriage: making a commitment and standing by it. It provides an opportunity for adolescents to practice their refusal skills and enhance their ability to avoid situations that place them at risk for STD's and unplanned pregnancy. It discusses the different strategies for negotiating abstinence and enhances participants' confidence in their ability to say "No" when involved in risky situations, using unscripted role-plays. The module reinforces all the information and skills that were learned in previous sessions through the use of an interactive review game. Lastly, the module allows participants to bring closure to the group process and build a commitment to abstinence until marriage through the use of a "Letter Regarding Positive Choices".

DID YOU KNOW...
In the U.S., teens spend an average of six to seven hours each day with some form of media.