Training Community Members to Deliver HIV Prevention Programs to Urban Youth

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Mount Sinai Health System

Status and phase

Phase 3


HIV Infections


Behavioral: Becoming A Responsible Teen (BART)
Behavioral: Be Proud! Be Responsible!
Behavioral: Reducing the Risk

Study type


Funder types



R01MH069934 (U.S. NIH Grant/Contract)
GCO 03-0888

Details and patient eligibility


This study will examine methods for involving local community members in programs to teach urban youth about how to prevent transmission of HIV.

Full description

HIV is a sexually transmitted virus that damages or destroys a body's immune system. When the infection progresses to its later stages, AIDS can develop. Several programs have been developed for educating adolescents about how to prevent HIV transmission. Preventing infection is particularly important because there is not yet a way to cure HIV. This study will examine the processes needed to train community members to deliver HIV prevention programs to urban youth.

This study has three steps. In Step 1, an existing group of urban community members who have already delivered the Be Proud! Be Responsible! HIV prevention program will be invited to serve as mentors for new HIV educators in the community. Participants in this step will complete self-administered assessments of their willingness to collaborate with university-based researchers, their confidence in skills necessary for collaborative projects, and any foreseeable obstacles to participation. The goal of this step is to examine the response over time to ongoing HIV leadership.

In Step 2, parents from the targeted community will be recruited and trained in HIV prevention programs. They will be randomly assigned to one of three programs: Becoming a Responsible Teen, Be Proud! Be Responsible!, and Reducing the Risk. All three of these programs involve group meetings with adolescents to discuss puberty, sexuality, communication, self-esteem, HIV/AIDS, and setting and achieving goals and dreams. Participants in this phase will undergo the same assessments as those in Step 1.

In Step 3, the parents trained in Step 2 will be randomly assigned to a middle school or high school where they will deliver the program in which they were trained. Randomly selected adolescent participants from these schools will be assigned to whichever program is being offered at their school. All three prevention programs will include four to six sessions over 4 to 6 weeks. Adolescent participants will be required to complete interviews and questionnaires when they enter the study, after 3 months, and after 15 months. These interviews and questionnaires will measure HIV/AIDS knowledge, self-esteem, intention to protect health, and engagement in risk-taking behaviors. Parent participants in Step 3 will repeat the assessments from Steps 1 and 2 before and after delivering their prevention curriculums.


901 patients




12 to 60 years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion Criteria

  • Adult community HIV educators who are parents of a middle or high school aged child
  • Adult participants must be between 25 and 60 years of age
  • Youth participants must be between 12 and 15 years of age
  • Residents of target communities in Bronx, NY

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Parent or guardian is excluded if youth participant cannot provide informed consent because of mental health or substance abuse diagnosis
  • Significant cognitive impairment that might interfere with understanding of program content or informed consent process

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Double Blind

901 participants in 3 patient groups

Experimental group
Participants will complete the Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART) program.
Behavioral: Becoming A Responsible Teen (BART)
Reducing the Risk
Experimental group
Participants will complete the Reducing the Risk program.
Behavioral: Reducing the Risk
Be Proud Be Responsible
Active Comparator group
Participants will complete the Be Proud! Be Responsible! program.
Behavioral: Be Proud! Be Responsible!

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