Engaging Young Men in Reproductive Health - Evaluating Innovative Approaches

Recognizing the important role of young men in promoting reproductive health, the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)External supports five projects and OAH and CDC are working together to support three additional projects (Table 1), that implement and evaluate innovative approaches to educate and engage young men in reproductive health and teen pregnancy prevention efforts.

As of October 31, 2017, these projects have collectively served over 528 young men, and an average of 70% of these participants attended 75% or more of the program sessions in which they were enrolled.  Grantees trained 95 new facilitators and developed partnerships with more than 200 organizations.

Descriptions of each grantee’s project are listed below:

OAH-funded Tier 2B1 grantees

  • Child & Family Resources, Inc.ExternalGuy TalkExternal: a 10-hour intervention delivered to males aged 14–17 years in small group sessions by using a technology-supported curriculum. Topics covered include gender-role expectations, managing emotions, positive peer groups and leadership skills, relationship management, responsible decision making, healthy sexuality, obtaining help and accessing resources, and developing life skills.
  • Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, Inc.ExternalWise GuysExternal: a 9-hour intervention delivered to male 9-12th graders in 10–12 weekly, small group sessions (45 minutes each). Topics covered include reproductive anatomy and pregnancy, values, fatherhood, goal setting, decision making, communication, healthy relationships, intimate partner violence, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, and abstinence.
  • Cicatelli Associates, Inc.ExternalACE-Plus (Achieving Condom Empowerment–Plus)Cdc-pdfExternal: a 2-hour intervention administered one-on-one by trained foster care staff. The intervention teaches males in foster care who are aged 16–20 years about correct and consistent condom use, as well as engagement with female partners to obtain and use contraception.
  • Public Health Management CorporationExternalPromoting Awareness through Live Movement and Sound-Teen Pregnancy PreventionCdc-pdfExternal: a 10-hour intervention delivered in small groups during four 2.5-hour sessions. The intervention, which is for 15-22 year-old males, is a theater-based, trauma-informed, small group-level intervention. The sessions include a short play depicting real-life situations that young people face and are intended to convey reproductive health and pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention messages.
  • WestEdExternalHealthy UExternal: an innovative teen pregnancy prevention program delivered through a tablet application and geared towards male youth in juvenile justice facilities who are aged 14–19 years. Modules cover puberty, birth control, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, HIV, healthy relationships, and condom negotiation.

OAH/CDC-funded Tier 2C2 grantees

  • Columbia UniversityExternalComputer-Assisted Motivational Interviewing (CAMI) InterventionCdc-pdfExternal: conducted during 12 weeks with young men aged 15–24 years with a trained health coach and a mobile application. Topics include increasing condom use, supporting female partners’ contraceptive use, and completing a reproductive health visit with sexually transmitted infection testing.
  • New York UniversityExternalFathers Raising Responsible MenCdc-pdfExternal (FRRM): two sessions delivered to fathers of adolescent males aged 15–19 years by trained father coaches. FRRM content focuses on motivating fathers to communicate with their sons about sexual and reproductive health and consistent condom use, and assists fathers to support their adolescent sons’ link to sexual and reproductive health services.
  • Promundo USExternalManhood 2.0:External a community-based intervention delivered to groups of young men aged 16–22 years. Manhood 2.0 aims to create a safe space for young men to take a critical look at what it means to be a man and redefine healthier versions of manhood for themselves.

Table 1: Summary of Tier 2 Grantees Rigorously Evaluating Innovations Focused on Young Males

Table 1: Summary of Tier 2 Grantees Rigorously Evaluating Innovations Focused on Young Males
Grantee Name/

Contact infoProject LocationIntervention NameTarget PopulationSetting

Child & Family Resources, Inc.

Marie Fordney



Pima County, ArizonaGuy TalkMales aged 14–17 yearsIn-school high school and out-of-school time

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, Inc.


Rick Brown



Iredell County, North CarolinaWise Guys©Males, Grades 9–12In-school high school

Cicatelli Associates, Inc.

Billy Sherrod



New York City, New YorkAchieving Condom Empowerment-Plus (ACE-Plus)Males aged 16–20 yearsOut-of-home care (foster care agencies)

Public Health Management Corporation

Archana Bodas LaPollo



Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaPromoting Awareness through Live Movement and Sound-Teen Pregnancy Prevention (PALMS-TPP)Black males aged 15–22 yearsOut-of-school time/Community-based


Anthony Petrosino



OregonHealthy UMales aged 14–19 yearsJuvenile Justice facilities

Columbia University

David Bell



Bronx and Upper Manhattan, New York City, New YorkComputer-Assisted Motivational Interviewing Intervention for Teen Pregnancy Prevention (CAMI-TPP)Males aged 15–24 yearsClinic

New York University Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH)

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos



South Bronx, New York City, New YorkFathers Raising Responsible Men (FRRM)Black and Latino males aged 15–19 years and their fathersOut-of-school time/Community-based

Promundo US


Gary Barker



Washington, District of ColumbiaManhood 2.0Males aged 16–22 yearsOut-of-school time/Community-based



1Funded by OAH (a Tier 2B project).  For more information visit: https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/grant-programs/teen-pregnancy-prevention-program-tpp/about/index.htmlExternal

2Funded by OAH and CDC (a Tier 2C project).  For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/projects-initiatives/engaging-young-males.html