HHS Releases Funding Announcement for Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program
Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Adminstration for Children and Families, released a long-awaited Funding Announcement for a new sexual risk avoidance (SRA) abstinence education program. The $5 million dollar community based program was part of the FY 2012 spending bill approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in late 2011.
"We are pleased that HHS has now officially launched this program. We are eager to see teens once again receive the sexual risk avoidance abstinence message in their schools. Today's announcement is a productive beginning to that process," said Valerie Huber, Executive Director of NAEA.
"The information and skills included in a SRA program resonate with teens as indicated by the fact that almost 75% of the age group often targeted for sex education (15-17 years old) have never had sex. This program will provide much-needed reinforcement for those healthy choices," she added.
The Grant program will be awarded for two years to approximately 9 grantees.
The Annoucement can be found by clicking here.