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Information & Education (I&E) Program

Small group of teens ages 12-15

Normal, healthy youth development includes sexual health. The Information & Education (I&E) Program provides funding for education that emphasizes prevention of adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The program provides comprehensive sexual health education through 14 local agencies serving high-need youth statewide. I&E informs young people about eligibility and access to federal, state and local clinical services, and offers life-skills instruction in areas such as partner communication, negotiation and refusal skills,and communication with a trusted adult. Services are offered in diverse settings, such as mainstream and alternative schools, social service agencies, juvenile detention facilities and youth centers. Through I&E, young people gain knowledge and are empowered to make responsible decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Providing youth with the information and skills they need to make healthy choices is a critical component in promoting the positive development of California’s youth.

Funding Opportunities

Now accepting request for applications (RFA). Applications due January 11, 2019. 

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Adolescent Birth Rate Data

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

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Program Profile

OUR GOAL: To decrease adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections by educating young people about sexual and reproductive health, providing information on eligibility and access to reproductive health care services, and engaging local communities to promote adolescent health.

WE SERVE: Youth ages 12-19 who meet at least one of the following criteria: reside in a high-need community, are homeless/runaway, dropped out of school, attend an alternative or continuation school, are in or emancipated from foster care, are in the juvenile justice or probation system, identify as LGBTQ, reside in a migrant farmworker household, or are in gangs or an ex-gang member.

OUTCOMES: Youth who have participated in I&E report increased knowledge around prevention of pregnancy and STIs, and increased awareness of access to local sexual and reproductive health services.

FINANCING: I&E is financed through State General Funds and Title XIX (Federal Financial Participation).

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