HHS Awards Groups Funding for Abstinence Education Program
Washington, DC (October 21, 2013) Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, released the names of successful grantees for the 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 2013 spending bill approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2012.
Ten 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. ( Due to sequestration, the total grant awards do not equal $5 million.)
The ten successful grantees represent a diverse group of providers:
"We are pleased that the federal government is placing some priority on the sexual risk avoidance abstinence message in American schools. Currently almost 95% of sex education spending in the federal budget goes to federal initiatives that are not centered on the risk avoidance abstinence message. 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. ".
Find the entire list of successful grantees here.
To interview Valerie Huber, please contact Christine Eckley at 202-248-5420 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAEA is a professional association representing organizations and individuals who support a priority on risk avoidance through abstinence education. NAEA members serve almost 2 million students each year. For more information, visit the NAEA website:www.theNAEA.org and www.abstinenceworks.org.