Urban Version - Suggested 9 Week Curriculum

Introductory video with actor, Stephen Baldwin, narrating about choices and consequences and about the game's characters. This will be followed by initial group discussions of The Choice Game™ topics, and pre-program questionnaires 1

1 Note: These items are part of our suggested program and may be purchased through Respect Challenges at an additional expense.

"My Family" explores the changing relationship of youth with their parents, guardians, and siblings as they mature, and how this relationship affects their decision-making. "My Self" looks at youth's feelings of self-esteem and self-respect and the role that they play when faced with difficult choices.

"Influences" examines the effects of the media, peer pressure, and substances on youth. Develops perspective thinking needed to act responsibly now and in the future.

STDs and AIDS segment addresses self-control and problem solving.  The curriculum provides statistics and information that the only guaranteed protection is abstinence from sex and intravenous drug use. Van Burrows, CEO of Vanpire Attire and Entertainment is the narrator of this segment. His urban style and appearance reinforces the concept of “Doing the right thing, when nobody’s looking.”

"Communications" helps youth learn communication strategies for letting their true feelings be known. "Refusal Skills" teaches youth to take control of their lives by asserting themselves and standing up for their beliefs. Reinforces the need for honesty, fairness and respect.

Explores a real life unplanned pregnancy from both the teen mother's and father's points of view including feelings, lifestyle changes, and lost opportunities when one is not prepared for the responsibilities of family life. Explores peer relationships and “love.”

Explores the harmful effects of destructive substances and how they dramatically impair decision-making abilities, as well as their illegality and the fact that that the use of some could lead to various STDs and other diseases. Introduces the concept of peer mentoring while teaching respect and responsibility.

Summary video narrated by actor Stephen Baldwin is presented and specialists review strategies to maintain an abstinence-only and drug/alcohol/tobacco free lifestyle. Participants are given the opportunity to voluntarily sign an Abstinence Pledge1, receive an abstinence ring1 to wear on their wedding ring finger, and share their achievements with parents at a culmination party. All participants may receive a copy of The Choice Game™ curriculum1 to play at home.

The session ends with final evaluation testing, discussion on program follow-up.