DCO Curriculum Goals and Materials
The DCO curriculum materials were developed to provide agencies, school districts, youth organizations and faith-based groups with the tools necessary to teach relevant and factual information to a school-aged population. It is specifically designed to:
- present current data on the impact of teen pregnancy;
- educate youth on the benefit of abstinence from sex until marriage;
- increase awareness and an accurate understanding of each of the options facing a pregnant teen
- dispel myths concerning teen pregnancy;
- provide the tools necessary for students to make healthy decisions
- develop the desire among teens to provide support for peers in crisis pregnancy situations;
- increase sensitivity toward those who have placed a child for adoption, peers who were adopted, or others involved in adoption
The curriculum consists of a flexible teaching schedule that can be administered in a series of classroom presentations ranging from 1 to 5 days of instruction. The package contains a manual which details all of the necessary information to conduct the training classes (background information, statistics, PowerPoint slides explained, student survey instrument, contact information, and statistical references), a DVD of an actual live classroom presentation, a second DVD containing the PowerPoint slideshow and all of the media utilized in the presentation, a USB 4g flash drive contain all of the same information as the DVD, a copy of the survey instrument, all lesson plans and classroom activities (master sheets and answer keys), and a student handout master.
The DCO curriculum provides educators with a week-long agenda of activities, role-playing, guest speakers, discussions, surveys and PowerPoint presentations that can accommodate a traditional or block class schedule. All materials, hand-outs, and daily plans are included. Students will experience the reality of teen pregnancy through personal testimonials, video clips of Catelynn and Tyler from MTV’s “16 & Pregnant” and guest speakers.
Decisions, Choices & Options- Life Choices
Decisions, Choices, and Options is our main abstinence education and teen pregnancy prevention program for high school students. It stresses the importance of making health life choices for optimal success in life. The presentation provides facts about the educational, physical, and financial impact of both sexual activity and teen pregnancy. Students will see the hard options surrounding an unplanned pregnancy, the outcomes of their choices, and how their decisions impact their lives, as well as their family and others. This presentation meets curriculum standards in the following courses: Biology, Psychology/Sociology, Lifetime Wellness, Family and Consumer Science, Physical Education, and Theology.
Cost of Teen Parenting
The Cost of Teen Parenting curriculum covers the financial impact of an unplanned pregnancy. In this interactive presentation students will develop an accurate assessment of what it actually costs to raise a child. Students will personally discover the financial obligations of parenting through a group research activity and discussion. Students will have a clear understanding of how teen parenting reduces educational and economic achievement both now and in the future. This presentation meets curriculum standards in courses such as: Economics, Personal Finance, or Family and Consumer Science.
The Healthy Boundaries program is designed for middle school students to see the importance of establishing boundaries. The abstinence-based program shows students how to place healthy boundaries in relationships and on social media. We will break down how their choices in these areas can effect self-esteem and health, and possibly lead to harder decisions in an unplanned pregnancy.
Exposed is our college program, where we address the college “hook-up” culture. This program aims to expose the lies media has taught young adults about sex and how to combat the cultural pressure of engaging in it. The program also looks at the potential consequences faced by sexually active adults and the choices surrounding an unplanned pregnancy. This program can be presented in settings such as: club meetings, Sororities, or Chapel.