Dr. Cerullo and Dr. Ball, co-founders of Kerus, developed the It Takes Courage! (ITC!) Youth Curriculum based on more than a decade of training experience in 53 nations. This highly experiential educational tool empowers youth to live healthy, meaningful, and productive lives.
The ITC! Youth Curriculum consists of a 16-lesson curriculum for an adult teacher and an optional Activity Guide and Journal for each student. Each lesson draws attention to one of 15 core character traits and identifies essential life skills to learn. The product is designed with easy-to-use lesson plans for a teacher to implement in a church, school, or community setting and is easily adaptable for use with a wide variety of ages and audiences. Kerus offers the curriculum in versions appropriate for general as well as faith-based audiences.
The curriculum lessons focus on four major themes:
- Creating a vision for life
- Building healthy relationships
- Making wise decisions
- Preventing HIV/AIDS
The ITC! Youth Curriculum is led by certified Kerus It Takes Courage! trainers who attend four days of intensive training. These caring teachers and mentors are equipped and inspired to develop strong character and key life skills in youth. Through these transformational relationships, young people learn to make choices that will prevent the spread of HIV and lead to healthy, meaningful and productive lives.