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Youth Curricula Respecting the Circle of Life

Respecting the Circle of Life

A Pregnancy, STD and HIV Prevention Program for Native American Youth

Respecting the Circle of Life: Mind, Body & Spirit is an STD/HIV education and pregnancy prevention program for Native American youth between ages 11 and 19 and their parents or other trusted adults. The program gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancy and STDs. Respecting the Circle of Life is adapted from Focus on Youth with ImPACT, a program originally developed in Baltimore to reduce the risk of HIV among urban African-American youth. The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health worked with Native American community members to adapt the program for use with Native youth and families to include a focus on unintended pregnancy in addition to STD/HIV.

Eight peer-group sessions help youth:

  • Build trust among the group
  • Think about their values and the risks they take
  • Know where to get information about puberty, pregnancy and STDs/HIV
  • Learn skills for good communication and healthy decision making
  • Look at the consequences of their behaviors
  • Take care of their sexual health
  • Express affection without having sex
  • Look toward their future and set goals

Parents, guardians and other trusted adults are a very important part of this effort, and the program includes a session for individual youth along with a parent or other trusted adult. The youth-parent/trusted adult session covers these topics:

  • Basic components of good communication and how to talk to youth
  • Importance of parental monitoring
  • Steps for proper condom use
  • STI and HIV facts, including prevalence data among Native American youth

The program includes an online, self-paced Training of Educators that gives educators the knowledge and skills to implement the Respecting the Circle of Life curriculum effectively and with a high degree of fidelity. Educators can work through the e-learning modules at their own pace, with plenty of reinforcement and opportunities for review along the way. 

For more information, please visit the Respecting the Circle of Life section of ETR's Program Success Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health for a sample lesson, table of contents, research, adaptation guidelines, details on training, and much more.

Respecting the Circle of Life--Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
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Respecting the Circle of Life - 3 Yr Digital Subscription

Respecting the Circle of Life / RCL01-3DE $1,199.00

Includes online access to youth curriculum, parent/trusted adult session, fillable PDFs of workbook pages and resource guides, PDF version of activity ...

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Respecting the Circle of Life Print Bundle

Product Bundle / RCL01-PE $999.00

Includes curriculum guides for youth and parent/trusted adult sessions, 12 workbooks, 12 resource guides, activity kit and access to online training. ...

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Respecting the Circle of Life Facilitator Self-Paced E-learning - 1 Year Subscription

Self-Paced E-Learning / RCL01-T $999.00

This online, self-paced Training of Educators gives educators the knowledge and skills to implement the Respecting the Circle of Life curriculum effec ...

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Respecting the Circle of Life - 2 Yr Digital Subscription

Respecting the Circle of Life / RCL01-2DE $899.00

Includes online access to youth curriculum, parent/trusted adult session, fillable PDFs of workbook pages and resource guides, PDF version of activity ...

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Respecting the Circle of Life - 1 Yr Digital Subscription

Respecting the Circle of Life / RCL01-1DE $599.00

Includes online access to youth curriculum, parent/trusted adult session, fillable PDFs of workbook pages and resource guides, PDF version of activity ...

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Respecting the Circle of Life Workbook & Guide, Set of 5

Set / RCL05 $49.99

This combo pack includes 5 Youth Workbooks and 5 Parent/Trusted Adult Guides for the Respecting the Circle of Life program. ...

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Respecting the Circle of Life Parent/Trusted Adult Resource Guide

Book / RCL13-10 $59.99

Sold in sets of 5 or 10. Guide for parents and other trusted adults accompanies the Respecting the Circle of Life curriculum. ...

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Respecting the Circle of Life Youth Workbook

Book / RCL12-10 $49.99

Sold in sets of 5 or 10. Contains all the youth materials for the Respecting the Circle of Life curriculum. ...

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Respecting the Circle of Life Parent/Trusted Adult Digital Resource Guide - Set of 5 Digital Subscriptions - 1 year

Respecting the Circle of Life / RCL13DE-5 $29.99

License grants permission to print and/or download all of the parent/trusted adult materials required for the for Respecting the Circle of Life curric ...

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Respecting the Circle of Life Youth Digital Workbook - Set of 5 Additional Student Licenses

Digital / RCL12DE-5 $24.99

License grants permission to print and/or download the youth information required for the Respecting the Circle of Life curriculum for 1 year. ...

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