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CA Personal Responsibility Education Program (CA PREP)

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The California Personal Responsibility Education Program (CA PREP) provides comprehensive sexual health education to adolescents via effective, evidence-based program models. The program focuses on how to pre-vent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Program services are engaging, nonjudgmental, medically accurate and tailored to the unique needs of youth participants and their communities. Services are offered in a range of settings, including schools, juvenile justice facilities, homeless shelters and foster care group homes. CA PREP activities also include community engagement and promotion of clinical linkages to youth-friendly reproductive health services.

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2016 data for live births among California females under age 20 completed.

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Program Profile

OUR GOAL: To promote and improve the
sexual and reproductive health of high-need youth populations.

WE SERVE: Youth ages 10-19. Target populations include youth who: reside, attend school or receive reproductive health services in a high-need geographic area; are homeless and/or runaway; attend an alternative or continuation school; are in or emancipated from foster care; are in the juvenile justice or probation system; identify as LGBTQ; are receiving treatment for mental health or substance abuse issues; have special needs; live in migrant farmworker families or are expectant/parenting female youth up to age 21.

SERVICE DELIVERY: Services are provided primarily by community-based organizations and clinics, as well as county health departments and county offices of education/superintendents of schools.

OUTCOMES: CA PREP curricula are evidence-based. They have been shown to change behavior, including delaying sexual activity, increasing condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth, or reducing number of sexual partners. To improve the likelihood of achieving the same results, CA PREP agencies implement curricula with fidelity.

FINANCING: Federally funded and overseen by the Administration for Children & Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau.

: Evidence-Based Models

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