About PREP Nationally
This federally funded program, administered by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), provides $55 million annually in mandatory funds for Fiscal Year 2016–2017 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 formula grants to states and territories as funds are available. State applicants are encouraged to place special emphasis on high-risk or vulnerable youth populations. These populations include: youth in foster care, homeless youth, youth in or transitioning out of juvenile detention, pregnant or parenting youth who are under 21 years of age, youth at high risk for commercial or sexual exploitation, and youth residing in areas with high adolescent pregnancy rates. States are required to incorporate elements of programs that are evidence-based.
Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies
PREP provides federal funding 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 2016, ACYF awarded 13 Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies (PREIS) grants to its second grantee cohort. These grants continue for up to five years.
Tribal PREP Grants
PREP also provided $3.5 million for competitive grants to Indian tribes or tribal organizations. In June 2016, ACYF announced grants to 8 Tribes and Tribal Organizations to support the development of teen pregnancy prevention programs. The grants will last for four years, including one planning year.