Submitted by Lorraine Canales & Victor Caceres.
“Village Academy students grades 9-12.”
Type of Project: Activity
“Village Academy students grades 9-12 worked with Victor Caceres of Youth and Family Club of Pomona Valley seeing his dream of teaching youth how to “Build Positive Relationships” come true.
Relationship Smarts PLUS 4.0, based on the 5-year federal evaluation study at Auburn University, is a research-based curriculum that uses hands-on activities to build skills and knowledge necessary for making wise relationship choices. Relationship Smarts PLUS 4.0 covers topics such as maturity, identifying values, peer pressure, attractions and infatuation, building blocks for positive relationships, assessing relationship health, a low-risk relationship strategy, principles of smart relationships, the nature of true intimacy, a realistic concept of love, and breaking up. Also includes date violence prevention and assertiveness skills, communication/conflict skills, identity and future orientation, and a unique approach to pregnancy prevention that educates about the needs of children. An engaging student workbook provides teens with an opportunity to review, to reflect on, and to apply what they have learned to their own lives. Another feature is the “Parent/Guardian-Teen Connection” – activities which convey core content to parents or guardians and serve as catalysts for critical teen-parent conversations.”