Evidence-Based

In addition to innovating best practices in adolescent health and developing related curricula, HiTops’ staff are also trained on Evidence-Based Intervention programs and other best practices.

Choosing Life: Empowerment! Action! Results! (CLEAR) is an evidence-based, health promotion intervention for males and females ages 16 and older living with HIV/AIDS or at high-risk for HIV. CLEAR is a client-centered program delivered one-on-one using cognitive behavioral techniques to change behavior.

Making Proud Choices! is an 8-module curriculum that provides young adolescents with the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV and pregnancy by abstaining from sex or using condoms if they choose to have sex.

SHARP (Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention) is an intensive, interactive single-session (divided into five sections) intervention lasting 3-4 hours that incorporates videos, lecture, group discussion and activities. Overall SHARP program goals are to deepen STI/HIV knowledge, improve correct condom use, reduce sexual risks and alcohol use and set long-term goals to utilize knowledge and skills learned during the session.

The Teaching Transgender Toolkit is a detailed collection of best practices, lesson plans and resources for those who wish to facilitate trainings about transgender people, identities and experiences. Training for professionals, using this collection translates the authors’ decades of experience leading transgender-related trainings and educational best practices into a guide that can be used by trainers of all levels to provide accurate and effective trainings.

A Trauma-Informed approach for adolescent sexual health is a way of addressing vital information about sexuality and well-being for teens that takes into consideration adverse life experiences and their potential influence on sexual decision making. The goal of such an approach is to prevent sexual harm, unplanned and unwanted pregnancy, and/or disease.