About

Keeping It Real Together (KIR-T) is a multi-agency collaborative that works to to reduce and prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases among Los Angeles County youth. Our goal is to change the landscape of sexual health in Los Angeles County through school-based sexual health education, parent workshops, improved access to health services, and community mobilization and partnership. Our programmatic efforts include:

  • Evidence-based sexual health education in middle schools and high schools
  • Evidence-based parent education workshops in English and Spanish
  • Creation and dissemination of youth-friendly clinic guides
  • Condom Availability Program technical assistance and support
  • Teacher training on creating LGBTQ-inclusive, trauma-informed classrooms
  • Community mobilization and youth engagement through outreach and social media

 

 

KIR-T is one of 81 Teen Pregnancy Prevention program grantees funded by the Office of Adolescent Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  In July 2017, HHS announced that funding for the program would be eliminated as of June 2018, reducing the current (second) grant period from five to three years.

The elimination of these funds jeopardizes the success the KIR-T program has achieved in Los Angeles County.

The KIR-T program is designed to work holistically, reaching the right participants, at the right time, to achieve a significant and lasting impact on sexual health outcomes in communities with great levels of need.  Consistent support for our programmatic efforts is needed to achieve our goal of promoting health equity and improving health outcomes among adolescents in Los Angeles County.

 

Partners

Our programs are only possible through our thoughtfully cultivated partnerships. From the educators on the front lines who implement our curriculum, to the community health clinics that serve our youth, to the county agencies that provide stability and access to resources, our commitment to collaboration allows us unprecedented and unrivaled influence on the sexual health of Los Angeles County youth.

Our Partners and Advisory Committee:

 

LAUSD

 

 

 

History & Successes

KIR-T has over 14 years of experience providing support to health service providers in Los Angeles County schools and communities.

Project Connect (2002-2010)

Funded through the Centers for Disease Control, this eight-year project was a school-based intervention that targeted parents, schools, communities and healthcare providers. KIR-T continues to promote the two most successful programs under Project Connect: the Condom Availability Program and the Provider Guide.

  • Condom Availability Program – Supports free condom distribution at high schools in CUSD and LAUSD through program enhancement and operational support.
  • Provider Guide – Enables school nurses and staff to link students to reproductive health care at adolescent-appropriate clinics.

 

Keeping It Real LAC (2010-2015)

Funded through the Office of Adolescent Health, Keeping It Real LAC (KIR) trained 7th and 8th grade teachers in 24 CUSD and LAUSD middle schools in the evidence-based, abstinence-plus curriculum It’s Your Game…Keep It Real!© (IYG). KIR demonstrated that, with appropriate training and support, middle school teachers are capable of delivering evidence-based sexual health education that impacts student risk behaviors. The success of KIR and the growing demand for the IYG curriculum provided powerful evidence of its fit in Los Angeles, and paved the way for KIR-T.

 

Additional projects and collaborations that KIR-T supports:

  • The Pocket Guide – A referral tool that helps youth seek out sexual health services in South Los Angeles. This guide was designed in collaboration with the community coalition, WeCanStopSTDsLA and guided by the Community Advisory Coalition. This youth-friendly guide identifies:
    • Where to access adolescent-appropriate reproductive health services.
    • How to make an appointment.
    • What to expect at an appointment.
  •  DASH Collaboration – A five-year initiative with the California Department of Education to improve adolescent health through strengthening school-based HIV/STD and pregnancy prevention education. Activities include reviewing school policies, coordinating the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and developing school health advisory councils.