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Evidence-Based Programs

SRAE: Project AIM

Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring) is a youth development-focused, 12-module intervention designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors among youth age 11-14. The program engages young adolescents in thinking about their possible futures, sparking the motivation to make safe choices. Originally, the program was designed for disadvantaged youth and evaluated as effective with African American middle school students. For additional information, see the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Review, Adult Identity Mentoring section.


Project AIM is a licensed program developed by Dr. Leslie Clark of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Prior to implementation, providers must enter (and pay for) an annual license agreement with the AIM Service Center. Curricula and additional training material have to be purchased from the AIM Service Center.

ACT for Youth has entered a training agreement with the AIM Service Center and supports two licensed trainers who will offer free training and technical assistance to SRAE providers.

Implementing Project AIM

Successful implementation of evidence-based programs requires significant planning. Use the template below to create your implementation plan.

Implementation guidelines make clear the program developer's recommendations as well adaptations you may need to consider. Take these guidelines into account as you plan for implementation. For example, fidelity requirements include that the program must be delivered by two trained facilitators.


While some adaptations will render a program ineffective (for example, turning a skill-building activity into a lecture), others are necessary (updating language to make a program more inclusive of specific populations, for example). Whenever possible, necessary adaptations should be planned in advance, working with ACT for Youth.

Since Project AIM is a licensed program, adherence to fidelity and quality of program implementation is closely monitored. All adaptation requests need to be discussed with ACT for Youth Project AIM trainers and approved by Dr. Leslie Clark. Use the form below to begin this process, submitting it to your ACT for Youth Support Team.

Unplanned Adaptations

When adaptations happen on the fly, they must be recorded. All data on adaptations can help us understand how to improve program implementation. To facilitate note-taking, the document below has a notes section for each activity. You may also find the supplies and equipment checklist useful.


All adaptations — planned and unplanned — must be recorded in the SRAE Online Reporting System.