Teen Pregnancy Prevention - Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) - Grants

    Mission of the Family and Youth Services Bureau

    The mission of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is to support the organizations and communities that work every day to put an end to youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy and domestic violence.


      The Purpose of Title V State SRAE is to fund states and territories to implement education exclusively on sexual risk avoidance that teaches participants to voluntarily refrain from sexual activity and other risky behaviors.


        The Title V State SRAE Program is authorized and funded by Section 510 of the Social Security Act (41 U.S.C.§ 710), as amended by section 50502 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Pub. L. No. 115-123) and as further amended by section 701 of Division S of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub. L. No. 115-141).


          Grantees use an evidence-based approach and/or effective strategies to educate youth on how to avoid risk that could lead to non-marital sexual activity. Title V SRAE programs are implemented using Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework as part of risk avoidance's strategies, to help participates build healthy decisions, and provide tool and resources to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Linking program participants to services provided by local community partners that support the safety and well-being of youth is also key component of the program.

            Measuring Effectiveness

            To ensure effective programming, FYSB encourages grantees to consider the following practices in implementing effective sexual risk avoidance programs:

            1. Provide data that demonstrates how the selected intervention and overall proposal systematically apply key program elements that have been found to be effective in positive youth behavior change, especially delaying initiation of sexual activity, returning, to a lifestyle without sex, and refraining from non-marital sex.
            2. Teach the benefits associated with personal responsibility, self-regulation, goal setting, healthy decision making, healthy relationships, avoiding poverty. resisting sexual coercion and dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use. 
            3. Provide formal training for facilitators/educators on program strategies, approaches, and interventions.
            4. Link program participants to serve with local community partners and other agencies that support the health. safety, and well-being of program participants.

              Grant Award Process

              FYSB distributes Title V State SRAE funds based on the proportion of low-income children in each state or territory. In FY 2018, $46,994,375 million was awarded to 37 states and territories.

                Contact Us

                Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program

                Training and Technical Assistance Center

                Email: apptta@rti.org 

                APP Website: https://teenpregnancy.acf.hhs.gov

                FYSB Website:https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb