About Abstinence Education Nationally
The Title V State Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant Program (SRAE), administered by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), provides $60,000,000 million in non-competitive grants to 59 States and Territories annually in mandatory funds from Title V, Section 2954, Bipartisan Act 2018 for Fiscal Year 2018 - 2019. The purpose of the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant Program (SRAE) is to fund projects to implement sexual risk avoidance education that teaches participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity. SRAE Programs also teach the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, goal setting, and resisting sexual coercion, dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use without normalizing teen sexual activity.
Grantees use evidenced-based and informed approaches and/or effective strategies to educate youth on how to avoid risks that could lead to non-marital sexual activity. SRAE projects are implemented using a Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework as part of risk avoidance strategies, to help participants build healthy life skills, develop individual protective factors that reduce risks, empower youth to make healthy decisions, and provide tools and resources to prevent, pregnancy and STI. Linking program participants to services provided by local community partners that support the safety and well-being of youth is also a key component to the program.