Re:MIX is a comprehensive, inclusive health education program that includes age-appropriate, medically accurate, and factual information on a broad set of topics related to human development, healthy relationships, gender, decision making, contraception, and infection prevention. The program’s goal is to empower and educate in-school adolescents (13–17 years old) and young parents (18–24 years old) with opportunities to learn and practice the crucial skills teens need to make responsible, healthy, and safe life decisions to lead healthy lives.
Re:MIX takes a fun, interactive approach. Designed with youth, for youth, the curriculum emphasizes the stories of peer educators and encourages students to explore their values and imagine their futures.
Re:MIX has three major components:
The Re:MIX curriculum covers a broad range of sexual and reproductive health topics over a 10-session program. There topics include human development, relationships, decision-making, contraception, and infection prevention. The curriculum utilizes game-based tools, technology, and storytelling to provide young people with opportunities to learn, share, and practice the crucial skills they need to lead healthy, productive lives. Each session is approximately 55 minutes and is co-facilitated by a peer educator and a professional health educator. Peer educators share their stories, describe the challenges they have faced, offer genuine feedback about what it’s like to be a young parent.
The Peer Educator Professional Development and Leadership Program:
Re:MIX employs young parents as Peer Educators to co-teach Re:MIX classes alongside professional health educators. While peer educators spend a large portion of their time on activities related to facilitation of the Re:MIX curriculum in the classroom, an equal portion of their experience is devoted to the development of concrete and transferable professional skills. The Peer Educator Professional Development and Leadership Program (PD&LP) is the portion of the program focusing on the peer educator’s professional development. The PD&LP is built upon a foundation of exploring four key competencies: personal motivation, communication, accountability, and leadership. Learn more.
The Community Health Services Linkage System:
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.
We provide each classroom participant and peer educator with a Youth-Friendly Resource Guide, available both in print and as a mobile app. Learn more about our mobile app.
Re:MIX was piloted in three Austin area charter schools with youth in 8th-10th grades. The efficacy of the curriculum is currently being evaluated as a randomized controlled trial funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2018 (Note: Funding cuts in July 2017 resulted in a two year truncation of the project timeline).
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.