Healthy Futures - Curriculum Development and Design

Dates: 2013-2014

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston

Services: Health Communication, Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Adolescent Health


Healthy Futures is an age-appropriate relationship education program that includes a number of interacting components at different social ecological levels – individual, interpersonal, and organizational. The main component is a classroom-based relationship education curriculum offered in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades for eight 50-minute sessions each (called Nu-CULTURE). A number of other efforts aim to enhance the Nu-CULTURE program and create social supports. First, Healthy Futures has a virtual classroom where participating youth are encouraged to visit age-appropriate youth websites (onmylevel.org for 6th and 7th grade and doinitright.org for 8 grade). Second, parents are engaged through daily interactive worksheets linked with Nu-CULTURE, a parent website (ontheirlevel.org); and workshops that provide skills for building parent-child connections. Third, a 5-week peer leader summer program (called Code A) engages youth during out-of-school time, and finally, a ten-week school-year program (called Rhymin’ it Right) encourages youth leadership. Both Code A and Rhymin’ it Right serve a subset of Nu-CULTURE participants.

JSI was engaged to provide strategic direction and technical assistance to Healthy Futures for the re-launch of their organizational website (healthy-futures.org) and design and packaging of the final Nu-CULTURE program materials for future dissemination and replication. For the website re-launch, JSI worked with Healthy Futures to redesign the site map, update content, and enhance usability. JSI coordinated the design and repackaging of the Nu-CULTURE Healthy Relationship Education Curriculum to reflect findings of a recent longitudinal randomized control trial. JSI used evaluation data to inform the revision of Nu-CULTURE materials.