About Us: A Healthy Relationships Program for Vulnerable Youth
Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau
ETR was awarded a Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies Program grant from the Family & Youth Services Bureau to refine and evaluate a relationships-based program called About Us. About Us is an innovative intervention that draws on developmental neuroscience principles to support young people in exploring and developing healthy romantic relationships and using condoms and highly effective contraceptives if having sex. ETR has partnered with the California School-Based Health Alliance to implement About Us in school-based health centers located in rural or suburban counties in California with large Hispanic populations. The evaluation is being conducted by Dr. Eric Walsh-Buhi and his team from the Graduate School of Public Health/ Institute for Behavioral and Community Health at San Diego State University. This study fills several significant gaps in the field with its unique content focus, brain-based pedagogical strategies, and delivery in school-based health centers. If effective, About Us would be among the first targeted evidence-based healthy relationships sexual health interventions available for adolescents in SBHCs.