Project Overview: Johns Hopkins University (JHU) will implement the Respecting the Circle of Life: Mind, Body and Spirit (RCL) curriculum, a proven, theory-based intervention created for Native youth that uses skill-building activities, role-playing, and education to bring about behavior change. RCL will be delivered within the Navajo Nation reservation in an innovative format: during a summer basketball camp to small groups of self-selected peers. An additional youth-parent component will teach family-based communication around sexual decision-making and is an opportunity to impart family values around sexual/reproductive health and improve parent-child communication. JHU will replicate and evaluate the efficacy of RCL with approximately 410 Native American youth and 410 Native American parents or trusted adults.
Target Population: Native American youth ages 10-19 and their parent or trusted adult living on a rural reservation
Geographic Area Served (Urbanicity of Community): New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona (Rural, Tribal)
Teen Birth Rate in Area Served (Per 1,000)*: 35
*Estimates as reported by the grantee in proposal materials and not generated by the Office of Population Affairs.
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