U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program
The purpose of the Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE) program is to provide funding for additional tools to address the rates of teen pregnancy among adolescent youth who are at greatest risk of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and most likely to bear children out of wedlock. Grantees under this program will be expected to develop a targeted and medically accurate approach to reducing teen pregnancies through abstinence education. Program plans will focus on the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by teaching youth decision-making skills to delay initiation of sexual activity and engage in healthy relationships.
CAE programs are required to include positive youth development strategies to help youth build protective factors that mitigate the impact of past and future negative experiences. The program model must also include service linkages to local community partners that support the safety and well-being of the youth.
CAE programs must provide and present information that is medically accurate. CAE programs can take different approaches to covering issues of values; however, youth participating in the program should be able to distinguish between factual information that is being presented and discussions of values and opinions on which individuals may disagree.
To ensure effective programming, the CAE program must implement program activities that comply with the following requirements:
- Recruit and retain youth participants based upon the identified targeted population
- Not discriminate in enrolling youth based on sexual orientation or gender identity
- Link program participants to services with local community partners and other agencies that support the health, safety, and well-being of program participants
- Formally train facilitators/educators in the program model or elements of the program model, and this training must be delivered by professionals who can provide follow-up technical assistance to facilitators
Amount: $4,500,000 is available for grants ranging from $200,000-$700,000 for a 24-month period.
Eligibility: State or county governments; city or township governments; special district governments; independent and local school districts; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; nonprofits; private institutions of higher education; for profit organizations including small businesses.
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