U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Sexual Risk Avoidance Education ProgramDeadline: July 25, 2016
The purpose of the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) program is to fund projects to implement sexual risk avoidance education that teaches participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity. The objectives of the SRAE program are to:
- Implement curricula that includes medically accurate information referenced to peer-reviewed publications by educational, scientific, governmental, or health organizations
- Select sexual risk avoidance curriculum with an evidence-based approach to integrate research findings with practical implementation that aligns 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 SRAE to youth populations that are at risk for non-marital sexual activity (see below)
Successful applicants are expected to submit program plans that agree to use medically accurate information referenced to peer-reviewed publications by educational, scientific, governmental, or health organizations; implement an evidence-based approach integrating research findings with practical implementation that aligns with the needs and desired outcomes for the intended audience; and teach the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, goal setting, and resisting sexual coercion, dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use without normalizing teen sexual activity.
The target population is youth who are at high-risk or vulnerable for pregnancies include culturally underrepresented youth populations, especially Hispanic, African American, or Native American teenagers, youth in or aging out of foster care or adjudication systems, and runaway and homeless youth. Vulnerable youth populations include, but are not limited to, youth living in under resourced regions, areas with high rates of teen births and STIs, marginalized youth populations, youth in adjudication systems, youth in or aging out of foster care, and runaway and homeless youth. SRAE programs must also consider the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Programs must be inclusive of and non-stigmatizing toward such participants. Programs also must be welcoming and accessible to LGBTQ youth. Program services must align with the needs and desired outcomes for the intended audience.
Amount: $9,000,000 is available for 20 grants ranging from $300,000-$450,000 each per year, for up to 3 years.
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; nonprofits with and without 501(c)(3) status; private institutions of higher education; for profit organizations, including small businesses.