Re:MIX is a theory-based comprehensive youth sexual health program that includes age-appropriate, medically accurate information on a broad set of topics related to sexuality including human development, relationships, decision making, abstinence, contraception, and disease prevention.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Adolescent Health, Re:MIX is currently being piloted in three Austin area charter schools with youth in 8th-10th grades.
Re:MIX is designed to provide youth the tools to make healthy decisions about their sexual health and plan for their future. The program is innovatively delivered through a team of peer educators who are young parents, and health educators from local community clinics. The curriculum utilizes game-based tools, technology, and storytelling to provide students with opportunities to learn and practice the crucial skills teens need.
Re:MIX is a three-component comprehensive sexual health program with a curriculum designed to support youth in:
- Maximizing their strengths
- Imagining a healthy future
- EXploring their identities
Re:MIX provides youth and parenting peer educators with a thoroughly vetted resource guide on services available to them in the community. We identified a need to provide youth with resources that would provide them with the best services while respecting the needs of adolescents. We established criteria for what constitutes youth-friendly services and had our peer educators go out into the field to do research on existing community resources. This resource guide is referenced throughout the curriculum as a way to encourage youth to support their health and well-being outside of the classroom.
Re:MIX utilizes a youth empowerment focus beyond the classroom. Re:MIX provides a unique leadership training and coaching/mentoring program for the parenting peer educators. By engaging community youth in various goal setting activities and peer educators in mentorship and career planning activities, both groups have the opportunity to plan for their futures by aligning their current health behavior to their goals.
This publication was made possible by Grant Number 6 TP2AH000033-02-01 from the Office of Adolescent Health. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.