Project Overview: Keiki o ka ‘Āina Preschool, Inc. (KOKA), will work with 500 Native Hawaiian youth annually on the Island of Oahu for two years. The project will utilize the 17 elements of effective risk reduction programs established by experts Kirby, Rolleri, and Wilson. KOKA has chosen this strategy because of its broad application to a diverse adolescent population, many of whom are sexually-experienced. KOKA will implement the Love Notes Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) curriculum to participants to address the problem of unintended pregnancy among Native Hawaiian youth through the Hoohiki pilina Project, which means to develop relationships in Native Hawaiian. Hoohiki pilina aims to broaden the understanding of what elements, components, and factors are important to the success of the Love Notes (SRA) program in primarily indigenous population.
Target Population: Native Hawaiian youth, ages 14-19, on the Island of Oahu
Geographic Area Served (Urbanicity of Community): Oahu, Hawaii (Urban, Suburban, Rural)
Teen Birth Rate in Area Served (Per 1,000)*: 19.1 (higher among native Hawaiian girls
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