Register your organization.

The process below can take between three business days and five weeks, so please make sure to begin early. 

  1. Obtain a DUNS Number. This usually takes 1-2 business days.
  2. Register with the System Award Management (SAM). Complete the online registration process. You also need the authorizing official of the organization to send a notarized letter to SAM and an EIN. This can take up to 2 weeks.
  3. Register with Click the register link in the top banner and complete the on-screen instructions. You usually get registered the same day.


Consider the following questions.

  1. What social challenge does your organization want to effect?
  2. Does your organization have financial, employee, accountability systems in place?
  3. What are your measurable goals?
  4. Do you have a plan, program and curriculum?
  5. Have you secured a letter from the curriculum publisher? Some grants require a letter be eligable to receive funds. Read the REAL Essentials Advance publisher letter criteria. ​
  6. Is there any evidence that your plan, program or curriculum will work?
  7. How are you going to implement and measure effectiveness of your initiative?

Choose a curriculum.

Selecting a curriclum that fits both your organization and community is critical. The REAL Essentials suite of curricula stands out and offers an exceptional experience, from training to implementation, for both you and those you serve.

REAL Essentials Starting Point
A fun and engaging curriculum specially designed to successfully launch children into adolescence. It teaches relationship skills that reduce friendship drama and enhance confidence and social success.

REAL Essentials Advance
This popular, innovative curriculum is being used across the country to teach high school students critical relationship skills and practical approaches for navigating the social dynamics of friendship and love . Its unique, modular format allows for flexible, individualized use.

REAL Essentials Life
REAL Essentials Life gives individuals tools for mastering healthy relationships as they build their careers and establish their families.

REAL Essentials Health
A valuable tool that provides medical professionals with a strategic and situationally appropriate plan for directing young women and men toward optimal sexual health.



Assess your curricula.

REAL Essential Advance meets targets for educational outcomes for both the Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs (TAC) and SMARTool assessment tools. The following documents crosswalk REAL Essentials Advance with the 17 TAC Characteristics and 9 SMARTool targets to assist organizations in selecting the program that best serves their outcome needs. REAL Essentials is modulated by topic to provide a flexible scope and sequence that best meets the target audience.


Build an implementation plan.

  1. Gather baseline health data.
  2. Create awareness of community stakeholders regarding the issue you will address
  3. Host REAL Essentials certification and trainings of teachers, facilitators and medical professionals in clinics.
  4. Set up a scope and sequence for curriculum delivery utilizing at least 8 hours of instruction in schools and community-based settings.
  5. Consider a community saturation approach by training schools, health care providers, government service agencies, and youth-serving agencies for maximum impact.
  6. Set up counseling protocols for non-married sexually active clients in a clinical setting.
  7. Monitor and evaluate results through pre and post testing, interviews, observation, role plays, stories of impact, customer satisfaction surveys, gathering and reporting baseline data pre and post-intervention outlining changes since intervention took place.

Become certified.

Become a change agent for healthy relationships by joining us for a live certification training. Attend an upcoming training or host a training at your location. Each participant is required to purchase a curriculum binder at $399.00 and will be given the option of REAL Essential Starting Point, REAL Essentials Advance or REAL Essentials Life.