Inputs and Outcomes: PREP Programs Serving Highly Vulnerable Youth: Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Evaluation.
OPRE Report 2018-45 ; PREP Snapshot
United States Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Mathematica Policy Research. United States Family and Youth Services Bureau.
Published: April 2018
Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)
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This fact sheet highlights the activities and outcomes of the federal Personal Responsibility Education Programs (PREP) serving highly vulnerable youth, including youth in foster care, youth in adjudication systems, homeless or runaway youth, pregnant or parenting youth, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, youth in residential treatment for mental health issues, and youth who have trouble speaking or understanding English. It notes there are 141 PREP programs across 33 States and territories reaching 15,500 youth annually, 51% of programs primarily served youth in foster care, 33% primarily served adjudicated youth, programs mostly take place in out-of-school settings such as foster care settings, juvenile detention center, and community-based organizations, 67% of youth in these programs have been sexually active, and among sexually active youth 41% did not reliably use any birth control before participating in PREP and 34% did not reliably use condoms. Following the program, 49% of youth reported they were less likely to have sex in the next six months and reported they were more likely to use birth control (67%) or condoms (73%) if they have sex.
federal programs; sex education; foster children; juvenile delinquency; birth control; family planning; contraception; pregnancy; runaway children; homeless adolescents