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About the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) provides national leadership on youth and family issues by supporting the organizations and communities that work every day to put an end to youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy and domestic violence. The Family and Youth Services Bureau was authorized by the Affordable Care Act in 2010 to administer the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and the Title V State Abstinence Education Program with the goal of preventing adolescent pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS and preparing youth for successful transitions to adulthood. This nationwide project supports states, tribes, and community organizations that implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs with an emphasis on positive youth development and trauma-informed approaches to reducing risk. Through the Multi-Component Evaluation effort, FYSB is conducting a federally-led evaluation and providing grantees with technical support to evaluate local projects as well as test innovative strategies targeted to pregnant and parenting youth, youth in foster care, teen fathers, and other vulnerable populations of youth.

ACYF and FYSB APP staff include:

Debbie A. Powell, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau
Resa Matthew, Director, Division of Adolescent Development and Support
LeBretia White, Program Manager, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program
Sarah Axelson, Project Officer
Itege Bailey, Project Officer
Mona-lee Belizaire, Project Officer
Marc Clark, Senior Program Analyst
Jessica Johnson, Project Officer
Jacqueline Proctor, Project Officer
Robert Ridley, Project Officer
Jewellynne Tinsley, Project Officer
Rachel Yavinsky, Project Officer
Tracy Dowtin, Program Assistant

The seven grant programs within the APP program include:

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY EDUCATION PROGRAM (PREP)

The APP program distributes grant funds for four PREP programs. PREP programs replicate effective, evidence-based program models; substantially incorporate elements of projects that have been proven to delay sexual activity, increase condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth, and prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS; or implement and rigorously evaluate innovative strategies for adolescent pregnancy prevention All PREP programs are required to address at least three of the six Adulthood Preparation Subjects (APS):

The four PREP programs include:

State Personal Responsibility Education Program (State PREP)
Through the State PREP program, grants are awarded to states and territories to educate young people on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. The program targets youth ages 10-19 who are homeless, in foster care, living in rural areas or areas with high teen birth rates, or who come from racial or ethnic minority groups. The program also supports pregnant and parenting youth. State PREP projects replicate effective, evidence-based program models or substantially incorporate elements of projects that have been proven to delay sexual activity, increase condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth, or reduce pregnancy among youth.

Tribal Personal Responsibility Education Program (Tribal PREP)
The Tribal PREP program promotes proven and culturally appropriate methods for reducing adolescent pregnancy, delaying sexual activity among youth, and increasing condom and contraceptive use among sexually active youth in native communities. Programs follow guidelines similar to those of State PREP, but they are specially designed to honor tribal needs, traditions, and cultures.

Competitive Personal Responsibility Education Program (Competitive PREP)
Competitive PREP grants are awarded to local organizations and entities in states and territories that did not accept State PREP funding in order to educate young people on both abstinence and contraception. With efforts toward preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, Competitive PREP targets young people who are homeless, in foster care, living in rural areas or areas with high teen birth rates, or who come from racial or ethnic minority groups. Competitive PREP grants also support pregnant youth and mothers under the age of 21.

Personal Responsibility Education Program - Innovative Strategies (PREIS)
The PREIS Grant Program is administered by FYSB in collaboration with the Office of Adolescent Health's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research and Demonstration Program. FYSB supports research and demonstration projects that implement innovative strategies for preventing pregnancy among youth who are homeless, in foster care, living in areas with high teen birth rates, come from racial or ethnic minority groups, or have HIV/AIDS. PREIS projects study a broad range of approaches to teen pregnancy prevention with a focus on interventions that are most likely to demonstrate a change in sexual behaviors. They may include curricula or interventions that are popular in the field, but may not have been rigorously evaluated.

ABSTINENCE PROGRAMS

The APP program distributes grant funds for three abstinence programs. Grantees in these programs work to strengthen beliefs supporting abstinence, increasing skills to negotiate abstinence and resist peer pressure, and educate young people about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

The three abstinence grant programs include:

Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program (AEGP)
AEGP provides funding to states and territories for abstinence education, and where appropriate, mentoring, counseling, and adult supervision. AEGP projects focus on those groups most likely to bear children out of wedlock, including youth ages 10 to 19 that are homeless, in foster care, live in rural areas or geographic areas with high teen birth rates, or come from racial or ethnic minority groups.

Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE) Grant Program
The CAE program supports abstinence education in a continuum of services that seeks to prevent adolescent pregnancy. The purpose of CAE is to provide funding to address the rates of adolescent pregnancy among youth who are at greatest risk of sexually transmitted infections and most likely to bear children out of wedlock. Programs focus on the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by delaying initiation of sexual activity and engaging in healthy relationships.

Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program
The SRAE program funds projects to implement sexual risk avoidance education that teaches participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity and prevent other risk behaviors, with a focus on those groups that are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock, such as youth who are runaway or homeless, youth in or aging out of foster care, and youth in the juvenile justice system. SRAE grantees provide youth with medically accurate and evidence-based education on the benefits of voluntary self-regulation and risk avoidance skills to empower participants to make healthy decisions.


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