This program, administered by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), provides $75 million annually in mandatory funds for FY 2010-2014 for evidence-based programs that educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and on other adulthood preparation topics such as healthy relationships, communication with parents, and financial literacy. PREP funding targets youth at greatest risk of teen pregnancy and geographic areas with high teen birth rates. All programs funded must be medically accurate and age appropriate.
State Personal Responsibility Education Program
PREP provides $55 million annually in formula grants to states and territories. For FY 2010 and 2011, 45 states as well as D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia accepted PREP funds. If the state government opts not to apply after two years, the funding allotted to that state will be available on a competitive basis to other organizations in the state. States are required to incorporate elements of programs that are evidence-based (such as Tier 1 programs or other programs with evidence of success).
Competitive Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Grants
For the five states and three territories that opted not to take the formula PREP funding in FY 2010 and FY 2011, 37 Competitive Personal Responsibility Education Program grants totaling approximately $18.9 million were awarded for FY 2012 to entities in those states and territories on a competitive basis. For a list of grantees, click here. (These are three year grants, with the funding level listed being the FY 2012 amount). To view the original funding opportunity announcement, click here.
Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies
PREP provides $10 million annually for competitive grants to public and private entities to develop, replicate, refine, and test innovative strategies to reduce teen pregnancy and repeat pregnancies among youth up to age 21. In 2010, ACYF awarded 13 Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies (PREIS) grants. These grants continue for up to five years.
Tribal PREP Grants
PREP provides $3.5 million for competitive grants to Indian tribes or tribal organizations. In June 2011, ACYF announced grants to 16 Tribes and Tribal Organizations to support the development of teen pregnancy prevention programs. The grants will last for four years, including one planning year.