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.
Direct Service Contracts: Contracts awarded through an RFP process that target high risk youth grades 5th – 12th through two possible interventions:
- In-School Intervention Model eligible providers include independent school districts, charter schools, alternative schools, regional education service centers (ESCs), clinics, hospitals, health departments, and universities. These programs serve school districts, alternative schools, or charter schools during the school day and are limited to Title I schools with a percent of economically disadvantaged students between 56% - 100% as defined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
- After-School Intervention Model eligible providers include independent school districts, charter schools, alternative schools, regional ESCs, non-profit community organizations, clinics, hospitals, health departments, universities, or faith-based organizations. These programs serve youth in community settings or after school with a focus on high risk youth such as youth in the foster care system or juvenile justice system.
State-wide Services: Resources for providers including school districts, faith-based organizations, youth-service programs, health care providers, health departments, social service agencies, or any agency serving youth grades 5th – 12th. State-wide resources include:
- Web-based resources for Texas professionals at www.OurTown4Teens.org
- Sex Can Wait, Talking Can't booklet and DVD for parents
- Texas Youth Leadership Summits for youth grades 6th – 8th
- Workbooks, Brochures, and Pamphlets for grades 5th – 12th
- Service learning training workshops
- Teen pregnancy prevention conferences
- Professional development trainings
- Community-wide coalition activities