The HOT program works. The program has been successful in delaying sexual experimentation among 12-14 year olds compared with other students in Oakland who did not receive the HOT intervention. Additionally, students who received the HOT program had more positive views of abstinence and condom use and expressed values that included less sexual activity and safer sexual practices.

The program has had dramatic impact on the peer helpers. In addition to engaging in less risky behaviors, the peers have reported increased self-esteem; improved school attendance and grades; a reduction in suspensions, disciplinary referrals, and tardiness; better rapport with friends and family; more tolerance towards racial and ethnic diversity; and an increased understanding of the importance of volunteering in their community.

Virginia Nido, Project Coordinator with two peer helpers.

Last modified: February 7, 2011