abstinenceComprehensive Health Education

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Congress authorized the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP): the first federal funding stream for programs that teach about abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). PREP-funded programs must also cover at least two adult preparation subjects, such as healthy relationships, adolescent development, financial literacy, educational and career success, and healthy life skills.

PREP utilizes the evidenced based curriculum, Reducing the Risk (RTR), 4th Edition, which provides skills to prevent pregnancy, HIV and STDs. RTR includes 16 well-defined lessons which clearly emphasize the teaching of refusal statements, delay statements and alternative actions students can use to avoid unprotected sex. The lessons are each designed for a 45-minute period.

Curriculum Modules include:

  • Lesson 1: Abstinence, Sex and Protection — Pregnancy Prevention Emphasis
  • Lesson 2: Abstinence: Not Having Sex
  • Lesson 3: Refusals
  • Lesson 4: Using Refusal Skills
  • Lesson 5: Delaying Tactics
  • Lesson 6: Avoiding High-Risk Situations
  • Lesson 7: Getting and Using Protection I
  • Lesson 8: Getting and Using Protection II
  • Lesson 9: Knowing and Talking About Protection: Skills Integration – I
  • Lesson 10: Skills Integration – II
  • Lesson 11: Skills Integration – III
  • Lesson 12: Preventing HIV and Other STD’s
  • Lesson 13: Risk Behaviors
  • Lesson 14: Implementing Protection from STDs and Pregnancy
  • Lesson 15: Sticking with Abstinence and Protection
  • Lesson 16: Skills Integration IV

Behavioral Outcomes include:

  • Knowledge — Improve student knowledge of contraception
  • Attitudes and Perceptions — Improve student perception of self and their peers
  • Behaviors — Increased parent-child communication about abstinence and contraception
  • Delay initiation of sexual intercourse in youths
  • Reduced incidence of unprotected sex among at-risk youth who choose not to remain abstinent

Each PREP curriculum focuses on three adult preparation subjects:

Financial Literacy:

Provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively attend to personal finances, including saving, budgeting, balancing a checkbook, managing a credit card and taking out a loan.

Healthy Relationships:

The innovative, research-based Connections: Dating & Emotions helps prepare younger teens for the challenges of early relationships, developing healthy dating practices and building a solid foundation for the future. The lessons show teens how relationships develop, effective ways to communicate, how to manage feelings, how to be aware of destructive patterns, and other essential relationship skills.

Education and Career Success:

UFCC has partnered with local community colleges to inspire students to continue their education. The agency provides community hours for students to meet the Department of Education requirements to receive scholarships for college.

Serving Alachua, Levy, Marion, Gilchrist, and Sumter counties.

Community Partners: ACTS, LLC, and Health Promotion & Partners Initiative, Inc. (HPPI)

PREP is funded by Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Youth and Family Services Bureau.

Disclaimer: The production of this website was supported by Grant #90AK003-00 from ACF. Its content is solely the responsibility of Unity Family Community Center Inc. and do not necessarily represent the official view of ACF.