Wise Guys Certified Partner Training

Wise Guys is an evidence-based program for young men ages 11-17. Interest in the Wise Guys® program has spread across the country, and many communities from coast to coast have implemented the program with diverse groups of young men in a variety of settings.  Program trainings are available for educators and other professionals who would like to start the Wise Guys program in their own community.

The Wise Guys speakers and trainers will work with you to develop a training to meet the needs of your agency and community. We will also customize a presentation for your organization. If you would like to discuss scheduling a training program for your agency, contact Ted Sikes, Wise Guys Business Development Manager at tsikes@chsnc.org or 336-553-9710.

Program Impact

Analysis of data, collected since 1991, indicates the following positive outcomes of the Wise Guys program from program entry to six-month follow up:

 Wise Guys students showed:

  • Improved knowledge of sexuality and consequences of sexual activity
  • Healthier sex role attitudes
  • Increased communication with parents and teachers about sexuality


  • Participants in the Wise Guys program showed a significant delay in sexual activity as compared to non-program students.
  • The percentage of sexually active Wise Guys students who reported always using contraception also increased significantly.

What’s Included for Partners:

Initial Year:

  • 2.5 day on-site training for up to 25 people.
  • Includes half-day of supervisor training, concluding with a session for local stakeholders.
  • Up to 10 Wise Guys Kits consisting of an educator manual, fidelity assessment tools, outcome evaluation instruments, program implementation instruments, and program output data tools. Additional kits are available at a cost of $250.00 per kit, plus shipping.
  • Organizational Certified Partner Certificate and Educator Certificate, upon successful completion of Year 1 activities.
  • Six coaching calls for up to 12 staff per call, (three instructor-driven and three site-tailored).
  • Quarterly online workshops tailored to the current needs of the agency.
  • Mid-year assessment and year-end fidelity review.
  • Optional site visit for observation, support and fidelity assessment.
  • One, six-hour interactive online training session for new hires.
  • End-of-year outcomes and outputs report based on data sent to CHS, within 45 days of receipt of final data and records.
  • Marketing support for program promotion.

Renewal Year: Years 2-5

  • Renewed organizational Certified Partner Certificate and Educator Certificate.
  • Quarterly online workshops tailored to the current needs of Certified Partners.
  • Four site-tailored coaching calls for up to 12 staff.
  • Mid-year assessment and year-end fidelity review.
  • Program output and outcome data tools and fidelity tools.
  • If new-hire sessions are needed, annual training for up to 10 trainees is provided for an additional fee. The training for new staff will be developed and priced in collaboration with the partner and CHS.
  • Additional Wise Guys kits available to new hires at $250 per kit.
  • End-of-year outcomes and inputs report based on data sent to CHS.
  • Electronic updates provided for any revisions or additions made to the Wise Guys manual.
  • Updated marketing support for program promotion.


After the initial year and four renewal years, the Certified Partner will have the option to begin a recertification process.

Who Should Participate in Training:

Educators directly implementing the program and direct supervisors.

Fidelity Supports:

  • Content for one-hour coaching sessions will be designed to support fidelity.
  • Optional additional site visit.
  • Fidelity Monitoring Instrument reviewed bi-annually.
  • Educator Support Instrument for supervisors; provides specific monitoring steps on educator observations and class documentation.
  • Participation in a follow-up end-of-year consultation call upon completion and return of the Fidelity Log to CHS.

Optional Benefits:

Invitation to the annual Wise Guys summit in Greensboro, N.C.