Youth Awake Abstinence Program
The B.A.G.S Foundation and its partners are proud to announce the opportunity to participate in The Community Based Abstinence Education program that supports communities across the country in delivering the message that abstinence is the surest way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy and STDs. Using federal funding to support public and private entities in the development and implementation of abstinence education programs for adolescents, ages 12 through 18. Agencies must offer programs that will target the prevention of teenage pregnancy, premarital sexual activity, and the incidence of sexually transmitted disease among adolescents using culturally sensitive and age appropriate materials. For the purpose of this program, the term abstinence education means an educational or motivational program which:
- Teaches the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity as its exclusive purpose
- Teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the expected standard outside marriage for all school age children
- Teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems
- Teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity
- Teaches that sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects
- Teaches that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child’s parents, and society
- Teaches young people how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances
- Teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.
We will be using a federally-approved curriculum called Choosing the Best (www.choosingthebest.org). It is a program that takes 8 hours to complete. The curriculum will be taught by a team of professional abstinence trainers and B.A.G.S Staff. The program was designed for all youth within the stated age groups.
key elements of the program:
- Participation is voluntary and only allowed with parental consent
- Choosing the Best is the only curriculum used by our trained staff
- Takeaway materials will be available to remind participants of material that was covered during the course
- There will be some type of supportive cultural or post-secondary activity for youth who attend
- Required data will be collected via surveys to report program activities to monitoring agencies
- Data to be collected will include demographics, youth profiles, pre-tests, post-tests, and surveys. This information must be periodically collected, maintained and reported by the participating agency. Follow up is a requirement.
Target Population: 2,000 at-risk youth, ages 12-18
- Implement program to reduce the rate of unintended pregnancies over the next 5 years
- Help reduce STDs, HIV/AIDS