Healthy Respect has received high marks over the past eight years from independent professional evaluators from top area educational institutions, including those from Queens College, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University and New York Medical College. The program employs an outcome evaluation which scientifically measures the effects of Healthy Respect through rigorously developed pre-program and post-program surveys of participants and a comparison group. This approach permits us to track changes in program participants’ knowledge and attitudes in the areas targeted by the program and to assess, through the use of a comparison group, which changes may be attributable to Healthy Respect.
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Excellence in Education: An independent research study published in the Journal of Children and Poverty in March 2011, states that Healthy Respect “has had a significant positive impact” on students in terms of attitudes toward avoiding risky behavior such as smoking, drugs and teen sex, by helping students weigh risks and benefits and develop self-confidence and assurance. Thus, the research article concludes, Healthy Respect has a great potential to save school systems and communities substantial costs that are associated with teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Another study team, working with student surveys before and after the program, reported on changes in student attitudes in three important areas:
1) the percentage of students reporting getting a high school diploma as a goal;
2) the percentage of students who reported that risk avoidance is the only 100 percent effective way to avoid getting a sexually transmitted infection;
3) the percentage of students who report that risk avoidance is the only totally effective way to avoid getting pregnant.
These are the proven results that the Healthy Respect Youth Development curriculum will bring to schools that are seeking a fresh approach to student achievement and graduation rates.

Do No Harm, to yourself, to others and to your future