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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

    (512) 776-2111

    ext. 2111

    (512) 458-7555

    Email comments or questions.

Abstinence Education Program



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


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


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


  • 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