Sixteen Tribes Awarded Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funds

Photograph of a young Native American girl smilingOn September 30, 2011, the Adminstration on Children, Youth and Families and the Family and Youth Services Bureau funded 16 discretionary, competitive grants under the Tribal Personal Responsibility Education Program (Tribal PREP) Funding Opportunity Announcement. These grants, awarded to Tribes and tribal organizations, are for a 48-month project period and are authorized by the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Funding for the first, planning year totals $6.5 million; each of the three subsequent implemenation years will be funded at $3.25 million.

The purpose of Tribal PREP is to enable Tribes and Tribal organizations to develop and implement programs designed to: 1) educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception; 2) prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS; and 3) educate youth in at least three adulthood preparation subjects. Tribal PREP will enable Tribes and tribal organizations to support programs that specifically address the needs of Native youth in their communities. 

This first planning year is dedicated to building capacity, conducting a needs assessment, establishing performance measures, developing methods of data collection and creating framework(s) for evaluation. In developing their programs, Tribes and tribal organizations are encouraged, to the extent possible, to use models (or elements of models) of existing teen pregnancy prevention efforts that have been proven to be effective.