U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program
The Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program will fund projects to implement sexual risk avoidance education that teaches participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity. The services are targeted to participants that reside in areas with high rates of teen births and/or are at greatest risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The goal of the SRAE program is to educate youth on how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity and to avoid related risky behaviors. The objectives of the SRAE program are to:
- Implement curricula that includes medically accurate information referenced in peer-reviewed publications by educational, scientific, governmental, or health organizations
- Select sexual risk avoidance curricula and/or strategies with an evidence-based approach to integrate research findings with practical implementation that align with the needs and desired outcomes of the targeted audience of youth
- Teach risk avoidance skills through methods that do not normalize teen sexual activity
- Target youth populations that are at risk for non-marital sexual activity and other risk behaviors
- Ensure the program is inclusive and non-stigmatizing towards all participants
SRAE programs are to provide services to youth populations, ages 10-19, who will benefit from education on how to refrain from non-marital sexual activity, and teach the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, and goal setting. The programs will also teach resisting sexual coercion, dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use. These vulnerable youth populations include, but are not limited to, youth living in under resourced regions and areas with high rates of teen births and STIs; culturally underrepresented youth populations, especially Hispanic, African American, or Native American teenagers; youth in or aging out of foster care or adjudication systems; youth who are victims of trafficking; runaway and homeless youth, and other vulnerable youth populations. Program services must align with the needs and desired outcomes for the intended audience. Youth participation in the SRAE programs must be voluntary.
Amount: Approximately $19,000,000 is available to make up to 20 awards ranging from $600,000-$975,000 and averaging $800,000.
Eligibility: State, territorial, or county governments; city or township governments; special district governments; independent, regional, and local school districts; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal organizations; non-profits with or without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; private institutions of higher education; for profit organizations; and small businesses.
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