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iRT’s Recent Research Examines How Sex Education Affects the Way College Students Think About Sex and Relationships

2024-06-17T20:34:51+00:00

June 17, 2024, Durham, NC – Over the past few years, iRT researchers have been conducting the Community College Health Study to learn more about how to promote the sexual and relationship health of community college students. Over 1,500 students and 50 faculty, staff, and administrators from community colleges across the United States are participating in the Community College Health Study. Findings from the study are being used to examine sexual health programming to enhance student health and prevent sexual assault, as well as to help community college personnel find ways to promote the well-being of their students. As part of [...]

iRT’s Recent Research Examines How Sex Education Affects the Way College Students Think About Sex and Relationships2024-06-17T20:34:51+00:00

Promoting Safe Driving in Teens with Plan My Ride: Signature Strategies

2024-05-08T20:40:57+00:00

May 08, 2024, Durham, NC – iRT is dedicated to preventing distracted and impaired driving and helping drivers, prevention professionals, and community members protect themselves and others on the road. Plan My Ride is iRT’s interactive, multimedia, eLearning program developed with and for young drivers to teach safe driving skills to prevent distracted and impaired driving. Unlike other safe driving educational programs, Plan My Ride uses a science-backed and theory-driven approach to change behavior by teaching concrete, practical strategies to avoid impaired and distracted driving, and providing opportunities for young drivers to practice the skills they have learned in 360-degree virtual scenarios. This [...]

Promoting Safe Driving in Teens with Plan My Ride: Signature Strategies2024-05-08T20:40:57+00:00

Plan My Ride Program Awarded for Innovative Design, Content, and Video Components

2024-06-11T19:30:16+00:00

May 08, 2024, Durham, NC – iRT is pleased to announce that the Plan My Ride program has received a 2024 Learning Excellence Award in the Design, Content Creation, and Video category. Learning Excellence Awards recognize business training and learning programs and products for their level of innovation, effectiveness, and relevance. Programs and products are judged in a rigorous evaluation and voting process for their validity and compliance by a team of senior level judges from across the training, learning, and development sector. Plan My Ride was selected from a list of various training and learning innovations in the competitive Design, [...]

Plan My Ride Program Awarded for Innovative Design, Content, and Video Components2024-06-11T19:30:16+00:00

Teaching High School Students Research-Based Strategies to Cope with Stress and Reduce Risky Behaviors

2024-05-23T17:24:20+00:00

May 08, 2024, Durham, NC – A recent meta-analysis found that adolescents are experiencing significantly higher levels of anxiety in the years following the COVID-19 pandemic.1 Pressures to perform well in academic environments and difficulty socializing or maintaining relationships with peers are common sources of everyday stress for adolescents. Increased socialization and returning to in-school instruction may have increased the intensity of these stressors for adolescents when social distancing policies were lifted. Brief and prolonged anxiety and stress in adolescents can contribute to various negative physical health outcomes, such as decreased immune system functioning, high blood pressure, and insomnia. In addition, [...]

Teaching High School Students Research-Based Strategies to Cope with Stress and Reduce Risky Behaviors2024-05-23T17:24:20+00:00

iRT Researchers Discuss Sexual Health and Media Literacy Education at Fact Forward’s Adolescent Health Spring Summit

2024-05-03T17:21:04+00:00

May 03, 2024, Durham, NC – iRT researchers presented at Fact Forward’s 2024 Adolescent Health Spring Summit last month to discuss how incorporating media literacy education concepts in sexual health education can impact young people’s sexual health beliefs and behaviors. Fact Forward hosted the Adolescent Health Summit in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on April 24, 2024. This event provided opportunities for youth-supporting professionals in North Carolina to learn and share current trends, research, and best practices in adolescent health education and wellness with subject matter experts. iRT Researchers Liz [...]

iRT Researchers Discuss Sexual Health and Media Literacy Education at Fact Forward’s Adolescent Health Spring Summit2024-05-03T17:21:04+00:00

Promoting Safe Driving in Teens with Plan My Ride: Training Young Drivers on Driving Essentials

2024-04-11T14:28:47+00:00

April 11, 2024, Durham, NC – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which provides an important opportunity to spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and strategies to prevent it. Distractions can come in various forms for drivers, including using a mobile device, eating or drinking, talking to passengers, or fidgeting with a navigation device or radio while driving. Distracted driving can significantly increase the chance of vehicle crashes as well as death or injury for drivers and passengers. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that approximately 3,000 people die in crashes involving distracted driving [...]

Promoting Safe Driving in Teens with Plan My Ride: Training Young Drivers on Driving Essentials2024-04-11T14:28:47+00:00

DigiKnowIt News is Expanded to Help Recruit Adolescents into Pediatric Clinical Trials

2024-04-11T13:59:32+00:00

April 11, 2024, Durham, NC – iRT is pleased to announce the release of a new version of DigiKnowIt News. Pediatric researchers across the nation are struggling to recruit an adequate number of children and adolescents into pediatric clinical trials and other types of research projects. Until recently, DigiKnowIt News included information designed to educate children about clinical trials but did not have activities and content that were appealing to teens. DigiKnowIt News is one of the first interactive, educational web-based software applications designed with the specific goal of helping researchers recruit more children and adolescents to participate in pediatric clinical [...]

DigiKnowIt News is Expanded to Help Recruit Adolescents into Pediatric Clinical Trials2024-04-11T13:59:32+00:00

Recent Research Supporting STEM Mentoring for Traditionally Underrepresented Youth

2024-03-27T20:59:28+00:00

March 27, 2024, Durham, NC - Recent research indicates that opportunities for students to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are growing. The Afterschool Alliance’s 2021 America After 3PM Special Report states that among approximately 31,000 randomly selected parents of school-aged children in the United States, 39% reported that their child’s school offered a technology- or engineering-related afterschool program in 2020. This was a significant increase compared to findings from 2014 surveys which indicated that only 30% of schools offered engineering and technology learning opportunities in afterschool programs. Science-related afterschool programs increased from 46% in 2014 to [...]

Recent Research Supporting STEM Mentoring for Traditionally Underrepresented Youth2024-03-27T20:59:28+00:00

Customize Mentoring Trainings to Reflect Your Program

2024-03-27T20:56:32+00:00

March 27, 2024, Durham, NC - When offering training to mentors, mentees, and parents/caregivers of mentees involved your mentoring program, you likely want to be sure that the trainings you offer not only provide essential information participants need for a successful mentoring relationship but also reflect your program’s specific mission, policies, practices, and branding. Mentoring Central, a division of iRT, offers options to customize any of our mentoring training courses, so you can elevate your program participants’ training experiences and achieve your program’s goals. Mentoring Central’s team of mentoring subject matter experts, highly-skilled web applications developers, and talented multimedia and instructional [...]

Customize Mentoring Trainings to Reflect Your Program2024-03-27T20:56:32+00:00

New Version of Plan My Ride Available Now

2024-03-15T16:39:30+00:00

March 13, 2024, Durham, NC – iRT is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the Plan My Ride program. Plan My Ride is an interactive, multimedia, eLearning program developed with and for young drivers to teach safe driving skills to prevent distracted and impaired driving. Unlike other safe driving educational programs, Plan My Ride uses a science-backed and theory-driven approach to change behavior by teaching concrete, practical strategies to avoid impaired and distracted driving, and providing opportunities for young drivers to practice the skills learned in 360-degree virtual scenarios. The updated version of Plan My Ride contains [...]

New Version of Plan My Ride Available Now2024-03-15T16:39:30+00:00
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