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Teen-2-Teen

Teen-2-Teen health education series

Teens play a critical role in achieving the mission of the March of Dimes by educating themselves and their peers about important health messages that can affect the outcome of pregnancies in the future. Teens today are the parents of tomorrow.

Teen-2-Teen is a series of health education videos and lesson plans that teach teens how to make healthy decisions for their own benefit now and for the benefit of any children they may have in the future.

The videos feature teens speaking to each other about topics that are on their mind today – sex, smoking, alcohol, drugs, stress, and peer pressure; and about making a difference in their communities.

Teen-2-Teen includes:

  • Three video segments, each approximately 10 minutes.
  • Presenter's Guide (curriculum) with lesson plans, activities, handout summaries and references.

The curriculum can be led by teen peer educators or more experienced adult educators. Teen-2-Teen content is conducive to an after-school program and can be delivered in nine separate 30- to 45-minute sessions or in one full-day program. Each segment is stand-alone; presenters can select what is most appropriate for their audience.

Topics in the series include the:

  • Adverse impact of "high risk behaviors," including drinking, smoking and taking drugs
  • Benefits of a healthy lifestyle, including eating right, getting enough exercise and thinking ahead before becoming sexually active
  • Effects self esteem, peer pressure and stress management on decision-making
  • Service learning and leadership opportunities for March of Dimes youth volunteers

Teen-2-Teen curriculum

Teen-2-Teen is a series of health education videos and lesson plans that teach teens how to make healthy decisions for their own benefit now and for the benefit of any children they may have in the future.

The curriculum can be led by teen peer educators or more experienced adult educators. Teen-2-Teen content is conducive to an after-school program and can be delivered in nine separate 30- to 45-minute sessions or in one full-day program. Each segment is stand-alone; presenters can select what is most appropriate for their audience.

March of Dimes Youth Health Education Series

Credits (.PDF, 192KB)

Introduction and Overview (.PDF, 149KB)

Template Letter to Parents (.PDF, 70KB)

Preparing to Present a Session (.PDF, 236KB)

Participant's Evaluation Form (.PDF, 74KB)

Ice Breakers (.PDF, 86KB)

Segment 1: You Matter (.PDF, 585KB)

  • What is the March of Dimes?
  • The Power of Youth Involvement

Segment 2: Truth and Consequences (1MB)

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Drugs

Segment 3: Healthy Lifestyles (.PDF, 950KB)

  • Eat Right
  • Exercise
  • Think Ahead

Self Esteem, Peer Pressure,and Stress Management (.PDF, 287KB)

Presenter's Survey (.PDF, 118KB)

Entire Curriculum (.PDF, 113 pages total, 4MB)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have lesson plans and curriculum for students?

For the middle school and early high school audience, check out our Teen-2-Teen program. This three part video series, along with a full curriculum, allows teachers, high school students and other community leaders to share healthy lifestyles information with middle school students and 9th graders.

How can I get involved?

  • Contact your local March of Dimes office and find out if they have any current programs for students.
  • Join March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org - start a new team for your school, campus or club! Or simply ask a few friends to join in your walk for healthy babies.
  • Use the resources on this site to plan your own fundraiser or awareness event, and contact teamyouth@marchofdimes.org if you need any help!
  • What does the March of Dimes offer youth?

    Enriching and enduring lifelong experiences through opportunities to:

    • Build leadership skills
    • Network among like-minded student leaders nationwide
    • Give back to communities and make a difference locally
    • Become involved in meaningful civic engagement, including advocating for local and national policies
    • Be educated about a healthy lifestyle today and in the future
    • Earn community service credits and enhance resume
    • Develop public speaking skills while building character and self-confidence

     

    Who is part of March of Dimes Team Youth?

  • One million youths nationwide are supporting the March of Dimes mission, and all of these volunteers fall under our umbrella term "Team Youth."
  • From elementary school to college, students and teachers/advisers have joined together to reach the day when every baby is born healthy.
  • We have many national service partners and youth organizations who have partnered with the March of Dimes.
  • By volunteering for the March of Dimes, you are a part of Team Youth!
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