Capturing Kids' Hearts Teen Leadership Program
The Capturing Kids' Hearts Teen Leadership Program, a curriculum-based intervention for middle and high school youth, is designed to improve students' emotional well-being and social functioning, including improving communication with parents, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation, improving self-efficacy, and minimizing problem behaviors.
The Capturing Kids' Hearts Teen Leadership Program curriculum, which is based on social-cognitive learning theory, is made up of 50 lessons and includes role-play, group activities, presentations, and projects. Teachers present the lessons to students during 50- to 90-minute school health education classes over a period of one semester or an entire school year. The lessons help students to strengthen their school connectedness by enhancing protective factors and decreasing risk factors. Students also learn how to develop healthy relationships, handle peer pressure, build public speaking skills, make responsible decisions, resolve conflicts, and develop a sense of personal responsibility.
Before implementing the intervention, teachers must successfully complete two trainings:
|Areas of Interest||Mental health promotion|
1: Problem behaviors
2: Parent-adolescent communication
5: School connectedness
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Other community settings
|Implementation History||The Capturing Kids' Hearts program was first developed and has impacted approximately 15 million students over the past two decades. The Capturing Kids' Hearts Teen Leadership Program curriculum has been taught to approximately 530,000 students in 26,500 classrooms in 36 States and, internationally, in Australia. The intervention has been evaluated in at least eight case studies and four research trials.|
|NIH Funding/CER Studies||
Partially/fully funded by National Institutes of Health: No
Evaluated in comparative effectiveness research studies: No
|Adaptations||No population- or culture-specific adaptations of the intervention were identified by the developer.|
|Adverse Effects||No adverse effects, concerns, or unintended consequences were identified by the developer.|
|IOM Prevention Categories||Universal|
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Trainings can be conducted by trainers who are bilingual in Spanish.