Q: What is Act SMART?
A: Act SMART is a fun and creative way to educate young people ages 6 to 17
about the serious subject of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Act SMART is a curriculum that uses games, skits, art projects,
discussion topics, activity sheets, and more to help young people
ages 6 to 17 make smart decisions to prevent the transmission of HIV.
It also helps them gain a sense of compassion for persons living with HIV or AIDS.
Act SMART can be used with groups or individuals in or out of school.
Q: Who developed Act SMART?
A: Act SMART was developed by the American Red Cross and the
Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Q: How does Act SMART reach such
different age groups?
A: Act SMART is divided into three age-appropriate units
to meet the special needs of young people today.
Unit I: Ages 6-9. Provides basic information
Explains that people cannot get HIV from everyday social contact,
such as through school and play activities.
Unit II: Ages 10-13. Teaches the difference between healthy and risky behaviors.
Helps participants learn effective ways to resist pressure to have sex and use alcohol and drugs.
Unit III: Ages 14-17. Helps teenagers develop the skills needed to avoid risky behaviors
and resist peer pressure. Activities focus on health, decision making, and
the communication skills needed to practice healthy behaviors relating to sexual
activity and drug use.
Q: Who can conduct Act SMART sessions?
A: A team of people including an adult facilitator, peer leaders, and other community
volunteers. At least one of the facilitators should be a certified American Red Cross
HIV/AIDS instructor. Your local Red Cross can provide a certified instructor, or
tell you how to become an instructor.
Q: What kind of groups use Act SMART?
A: Act SMART is appropriate for:
- Youth groups and clubs.
- Day camps.
- School health classes.
- Community centers.
- Residential facilities.
Q: What's in the Act SMART curriculum?
A: The Act SMART kit provides all of the teaching aids, resources,
and handouts you need to facilitate Act SMART for any or all of the three age groups.
Age-appropriate scenarios, case studies, and activities for groups are all contained in
one package. Pages of the manual are perforated and three-hole punched for easy access and
removal. A colorful poster from the American Red Cross First Aid for Children Today program
visually reinforces the curriculum content for the youngest age group.
For more information please
contact staff at the Greenwich Chapter.