During STITPPI’s first cycle (2011-2016), the program was implemented in partnership with three Great Plains Area tribal communities in three states, utilizing the Draw the Line/Respect the Line (DTL/RTL) curriculum. DTL/RTL is a three-year, evidence-based curriculum that promotes abstinence by providing students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades with the knowledge and skills to prevent STIs, HIV and pregnancy while empowering them with skills for self-advocacy and refusal. The curriculum was selected by tribal advisory groups from each participating community.
The STITPPI program showed very promising results that hint at the impact of the DTL/RTL curriculum for tribal youth (demonstrated here by data from 2014-2015), including:
- A significant increase in sexual health knowledge from pre to post in both the 7th and 8th grades;
- An increase in the perceived presence of positive relationships that help with school, resisting peer pressure, and making healthy decisions across all grades; and,
- An increase in the in the perception of self-demonstration of pro-social behaviors.
Evaluation of cumulative impacts of the program is still ongoing, and more information is forthcoming.
To support sustainability and replication of the STITPPI program, an implementation guide was prepared to describe the project’s process in establishing, implementing, and evaluating the program. This guide and associated tools are available on the Teen Pregnancy Prevention resource page here.