Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
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About Personal Responsibility Education Program Nationally
The Federal Youth Service Bureau (FYSB) provides Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) funding as formula grants to states. Allotments are calculated based on the number of young people in each state or territory between the ages of 10 and 19 according to Census Bureau data. On March 23, 2010, Title V of the Social Security Act was amended to include PREP. Section 2953 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Public Law (Pub. L.) No. 111-148) established PREP. PREP is authorized and funded by Section 513 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 713), as amended by Section 50503 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Pub. L. No. 115-123) extended by Section 3822 of the CARES Act, 2020 (Pub. L. No. 116-136). States can administer the project directly or through sub-awards to public or private entities. In FY2019, more than 109,714 youth received State PREP services. In FY2021, over $43.6 million was awarded to 51 State PREP grantees. FYSB supports state, Tribal and community efforts to teach abstinence and contraceptive education through the funding.
State Personal Responsibility Education Program (funding received in Minnesota)
Through the State Personal Responsibility Education Program, FYSB awards grants to state agencies to educate young people on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. The program targets youth ages 10–19 who are homeless, in foster care, in juvenile detention centers, live in rural areas or in geographic areas with high teen birth rates, or come from racial or ethnic minority groups. The program also supports pregnant and parenting youth.
PREP projects replicate effective evidence-based program models or substantially incorporate elements of projects that have been proven to delay sexual activity, increase condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth, or reduce pregnancy among youth. Through a systematic review, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) selected 44 models that grantees could use, depending on the needs and age of the target population in each state. States may also provide referrals to youth if needed.