HHS Releases List of Successful Grantees for New Competitive Abstinence Education Program
Washington, DC (October 1, 2012) Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, released the names of successful grantees for the new highly competitive sexual risk avoidance (SRA) abstinence education program, entitled theCompetitive Abstinence Education Grant Program (CAE). The $5 million dollar program was authorized by Congress as part of the FY 2012 spending bill approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in late 2011.
Nine programs across the United States were awarded 2-year grants to provide information and skills that help teens avoid the risks associated with sexual activity. HHS elected to divide the $5 million dollars between two years, which will guarantee grantees assured funding for both years of the grant ($2.5 million x 2 years = $5 million.)*
The nine successful grantees represent a diverse group of providers:
"We are pleased that the federal government is once again placing some priority on the sexual risk avoidance abstinence message in their schools. We hope that Congress will expand this program so that the focus on abstinence education can achieve parity in both priority and funding with contraceptive-focused programs,” said Valerie Huber, President/CEO of NAEA.
She added: “ Since almost 75% of the age group often targeted for sex education (15-17 year olds) have never had sex, we are eager for students to receive reinforcement they need to continue to make healthy sexual decisions. They will singularly receive this important reinforcement in successfully implemented abstinence programs. ".
* Note: Operational costs related to the program are also included in the $5 million.
Find the entire list of successful grantees here: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/2012-caegp-awards
NAEA is a professional association representing organizations and individuals who support a priority on risk avoidance through abstinence education. NAEA members serve students across the nation. For more information, visit the NAEA website: www.theNAEA.org and www.abstinenceworks.org.