New Report: How States Are Using Pregnancy Prevention Grants to Reach Estimated 300,000 Young People

Cover page of Personal Responsibility Education Program report.

How are states implementing the adolescent pregnancy prevention efforts funded by the Family Youth Services Bureau’s Personal Responsibility Education Program? A new report breaks down their work so far.

“The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP): Launching a Nationwide Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Effort” documents key decisions made by state grantees about the design of their programs to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates. State PREP programs are expected to be evidence-based, provide education on both abstinence and contraceptive use, and educate youth on “adulthood preparation” topics, such as healthy relationships and adolescent development.

In the report, authors Susan Zief, Rachel Shapiro and Debra Strong note that together, the 45 State PREP grantees aim to serve more than 300,000 young people at more than 1,300 sites across the nation.

Out of 306 teen pregnancy prevention providers supported by state PREP programs

  • 110 are targeting African American youth
  • 99 are targeting Hispanic youth
  • 75 are targeting youth in foster care
  • 67 are targeting youth in the juvenile justice system
  • 22 are targeting pregnant and parenting youth
  • 21 are targeting LGBTQ youth

The report is first in a series planned as part of an evaluation being conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, in coordination with FYSB and the Administration for Children & Families' Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation.

For more facts about state PREP programs, read the report.

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