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    Contact Information:

    Abstinence Education Program
    Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    Texas Department of State Health Services
    PO BOX 149347, MC 1925
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone:
    (512) 776-2111

    Toll-free:
    1-888-963-7111
    ext. 2111

    Fax:
    (512) 458-7555

    Email comments or questions.

Abstinence Education Program

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Vision:

We envision communities where youth are healthy, safe, and able to achieve their full potential.

Mission:

Mobilizing communities to target teen pregnancy with abstinence education, evidence-based strategies

Goal:

To encourage the implementation of evidence-based interventions, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), that will delay initiation of sexual activity as part of a continuum of services to decrease the teen pregnancy rate and rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in youth ages fifteen (15) through nineteen (19).

Implementation Strategies:

Direct Service Contracts target high risk youth grades 5th - 12th. Possible interventions:

  • In-School Intervention (ISI) -implemented evidence-based curricula during school and in schools with 56-100% of students living in poverty, as defined by the Texas Education Administration (TEA), and
  • After-School Intervention (ASI) -implemented evidence-based curricula with service learning projects outside of regular school hours in school or in other community sites, with a focus on high risk youth such as youth in the child welfare system or foster care system.

Available resources:

  • Web-based resources for Texas professionals at www.OurTown4Teens.org
  • Texas Youth Leadership Summits for youth grades 6th-8th.
  • Workbooks, brochures, and pamphlets for 5th-12th grade youth and parents
  • Training and curricula purchase options for school districts
  • Teen pregnancy prevention coalition building and strategic planning
  • Professional development trainings and conferences

Funding:

  • Abstinence Education General Revenue, Administration for Children and Families, Title V, ABS federal funding.

Abstinence Projects and Outcomes Tracking:

In order to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, two primary questions must be addressed:

  1. What factors influence decisions about sex?
  2. Which of these factors can be altered?

Adolescents' decisions about sex can be changed. You can greatly reduce their chances of sexual risk-taking by identifying and targeting risk factors.

 

Impact model for the Abstinence Education Program:

 

Abstinence Graph

 

 

 

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Last updated April 02, 2015