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    Contact Information:

    Abstinence-Centered Education Program
    Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    Texas Department of State Health Services
    PO BOX 149347, MC 1925
    Austin, Texas 78756

    (512) 776-3807
    ext. 3807
    (512) 458-7555


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Abstinence-Centered Education Program


The goal of the Abstinence-Centered Education program (AEP) is to encourage the implementation of evidence-based interventions, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), that will delay initiation of sexual activity as part of a continuum of services to decrease the teen pregnancy rate and rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in youth ages fifteen (15) through nineteen (19).  Project interventions focus on grades 5th – 12th with attention to risk and protective factors that affect early initiation of sexual activity.

Implementation Strategies

  • Direct service contracts target high risk youth through two possible interventions:

    • In-School Intervention –implemented in elementary, middle, and high school sites serving grades 5th – 12th that have 56-100% of students living in poverty, as defined by the Texas Education Administration (TEA), and
    • After-School Intervention - implemented outside of regular school hours in school or other community sites with a focus on high risk youth such as youth in the child welfare system or foster care.

  • Statewide resources available free of charge for youth and parents include:
  • Statewide resources available free of charge for school districts and organizations include:
    • Power2wait Toolkits for grades 4th - 8th with interactive video games to supplement abstinence or sexual education curricula,
    • Workshops and webinars to increase awareness of medically accurate, evidence-based, abstinence, youth development curricula, and AEP resources provided by most Education Service Centers (ESC), and
    • Service learning training workshops open to school districts.
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Last updated October 18, 2013