Social Health Association

Preventing Teen Pregnancy & STDs

Making a Difference!®

Social Health Association of Indiana uses Making a Difference!®, an abstinence curriculum that provides middle-school students with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to remain abstinent, thus eliminating their risk of STDs and teen pregnancy. Endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a proven, evidence-based curriculum, Making A Difference!® is an eight-session program that is medically accurate, age-appropriate, and free of social biases.

Session 1

  • Students reflect on their goals and dreams for the future and discover what steps they need to take in order to make those dreams come true.
  • Students reflect on the impact teenage pregnancy and STDs may have on their goals.

Session 2

  • Students briefly review major puberty changes in both genders.
  • Students discuss reasons some teens choose to become sexually active and identify benefits of abstinence.

Session 3

  • Professional Health Educator provides medically accurate information debunking commons myths surrounding pregnancy and pregnancy prevention.

Session 4

  • Professional Health educator provides information about STDs and their modes of transmission.
  • Discussion includes methods of prevention, risky behaviors, and ways to lower the risk of infection.
  • Students are taught that abstinence is the only 100% way to avoid pregnancy and STDs.

Session 5

  • Professional Health Educator provides information regarding HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention.
  • Discussion includes information on risky behaviors, healthy relationship behaviors, and ways students can lower the risk of infection.
  • Students are taught that abstinence is the only 100% way to avoid pregnancy and STDs.

Session 6

  • Professional Health Educator asks students to reflect on attitudes and beliefs about sex, abstinence, and messages they receive regarding sex from the media and social sources.

Session 7

  • Students learn skills for responding to peer and partner pressure regarding sex.
  • Students discuss self-esteem, setting limitations/boundaries, and negotiation skills.
  • Also included is a discussion focused on students advocating for their own needs in all relationships.

Session 8

  • Final session uses role play to reinforce previous sessions and increase the communication, negotiation, and refusal skills students have learned.

Indiana law (IC 20-10.1-4-11) states that “when sexuality education is taught, abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage must be stressed. Instruction must teach that abstinence outside of marriage and a mutually monogamous relationship inside of marriage are the best ways to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems.”  SHA adheres to Indiana’s legal requirements in our abstinence-based programs.  We also utilize the medically accurate definition of abstinence as not engaging in vaginal, oral or anal sex.

This program requires an eight-session commitment. Sessions can be combined to fit block scheduling. For more information or to schedule a program, contact us at (317) 667-0340 or

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