Healthy relationships consider the emotional, physical, social and mental impact of choices. Delaying sexual activity until marriage is the healthiest choice.
Creating Positive Relationships (CPR) educates students and their parents about relationships and sexual behavior from a whole person standpoint. CPR provides the information necessary for young people to consider the emotional, physical, social and mental aspects of relationships and the significant freedoms and benefits associated with delaying sexual activity. During the 2013-2014 school year, CPR served 28,640 students in Central Indiana and touched the lives of more than 10,000 other students in the US and abroad in 2014.
Grade-level Programs. CPR serves students in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, and high school. The high school curriculum is not geared toward a specific grade. Each high school determines which grade level program is taught, and typically offers the program in the year students take health.
CPR’s programs are used by public schools, private schools, Christian schools, homeschools, missionaries, and churches and has been adapted for young people with special needs.
In the Indianapolis metropolitan area, all CPR classes have been taught by CPR’s certified instructors. Partner schools and districts outside of the Indianapolis area use CPR through the Associate Program. CPR revises the curriculum every year to reflect the most up-to-date research and current trends impacting young people, such as social networking, ‘sextortion’ and bullying. CPR’s curriculum is interactive and engages the students with the information in an interesting and entertaining way, allowing students to make connections between decisions and consequences themselves.
The curriculum used in the 5th grade, middle school or high school programs can stand alone, but they are not redundant. School districts can choose to offer CPR’s programs from 5th grade through high school, allowing students to engage in the entire curriculum range, or select specific years.
Starting Healthy Lives, the 5th grade program, is a one-day program consisting of one 45-minute lesson. In this program, boys and girls are separated to allow a more open, comfortable environment for instruction and discussion. The curriculum covers puberty and the changes that come with this stage of life, hormones and how they affect our bodies, basic anatomy and personal hygiene.
Building Healthy Futures, the middle school program, consists of five forty-five minute sessions covered over five days for each of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade years. The 6th grade curriculum addresses: anatomy and development of the reproductive system; emotional needs, maturity, immediate gratification and decision-making by goal setting; love, infatuation, setting limits and sexual abuse; physical, emotional, mental and social consequences of sexual involvement, including basic HIV/STI information; and social maturity, peer pressure and the effect of media.
The 7th grade curriculum covers: developing an abstinent plan and resisting sexual pressure; respect for yourself and mature decision-making; possible consequences of premarital sex, STI information and setting limits; spoken and unspoken peer pressure; and sexting, sextortion and media influences.
The 8th grade curriculum addresses: practicality of abstinence and qualities of a good relationship; relationship abuse, teen pregnancy, parenting and secondary abstinence; types and symptoms of STIs, how condoms work to reduce the spread of infections and whole-person consequences of premarital sex; setting boundaries, knowing oneself, social media persuasion, benefits of parent relationship and adult mentors, decision making/problem solving model, determining talents and passions, resisting peer pressure.
Choosing Healthy Lives, the high school program consists of five forty-five minute sessions covered over five days. Topics covered in the High School program include: 5 components of a healthy relationship, definition of sexual activity and the bonding dynamics of a relationship; compatibility and relationship chemistry; qualities of a positive relationship, potential effects of premarital sexual involvement and STI information, including pictures of infections; healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, date rape, character development and creative dating ideas; and healthy communication in relationships and characteristics of a committed relationship.
CPR also offers an adapted program for high school students with special needs in a self-contained classroom setting.
In the 2013-14 school year, parent meetings were replaced with Tough Talk Clinics. Tough Talk Clinics are offered at every elementary and middle school prior to the students participating in the program. They are not provided at the high school level unless requested by a specific school or district. At the clinics, parents learn about current trends among area youth and specific grade-level program content information. The clinics also include one or more high school students who are available to answer parents’ questions. These students have chosen abstinence now, but may have made different choices in the past.
Community Partners. CPR licenses international and domestic organizations and parents to use the CPR program and trains the instructors who will present the curriculum. In the 2013 fiscal year, CPR worked with 23 Associate organizations and numerous schools throughout Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island. CPR also worked with 10 Associate organizations and schools in Burundi, Cambodia, Honduras, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Kenya, Uganda, Ukraine and Costa Rica. Through these Associate programs, CPR’s curriculum touched the lives of more than 35,000 students in the US and abroad in 2014.