About Abstinence Education Nationally
The Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program (AEGP), administered by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), provides $35.8 million in non-competitive grants to 39 States and Territories annually in mandatory funds from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 for Fiscal Year 2010 - 2014. The AEGP provides funding to States and Territories for abstinence education, and where appropriate, mentoring, counseling and adult supervision to promote abstinence from sexual activity. Projects focus on those groups at highest risk of teen pregnancy, including youth, ages 10 to 19, who are homeless, in foster care, live in rural areas or geographic areas with high teen birth rates, or come from racial or ethnic minority groups.
Grantees use evidence-based models to promote abstinence and to delay the onset of sexual activity by strengthening beliefs supporting abstinence, increasing skills to negotiate abstinence and resist peer pressure, and educating young people about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
All projects must be medically accurate, which means that medical information must be verified or supported by the weight of research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and published in peer-reviewed journals, or be comprised of information that leading professional organizations and agencies with relevant expertise in the field recognize as accurate, objective and complete.State Abstinence Education Grant Programs served nearly 300,000 youth in FY 2014.