U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program
The Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program seeks to fund projects to educate youth on how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity and prevent other youth risk 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
SRAE programs are to provide services to youth populations 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 sexually transmitted infections (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.
Under the SRAE program, the following requirements must be addressed:
- Evidence-based interventions or strategies
- Positive youth development approach
- Medically accurate and age and cultural appropriateness
- Curriculum fit and selection
Amount: A total of $5,000,000 is available to make 15 awards that range from $300,000-$450,000 and average $450,000 per budget period. The project period is 36 months (three 12 month budget periods).
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; Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status; private institutions of higher education; for-profit organizations; small businesses; and faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements. Applicants serving an emerging, unserved, or underserved population or remote geographic area are encouraged to apply. Collaborative efforts and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.
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