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Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

About Personal Responsibility Education (PREP) Program?

PREP aims to increase positive reproductive health outcomes and increase life opportunities for youth through sexual health and adulthood preparation education. In partnership with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, youth receive high quality, inclusive, age-appropriate, and medically accurate comprehensive sexuality education through community-based organizations or select school districts. PREP programs are rooted in core values of evidence-based programming, positive youth development, and racial justice.

Mission of Personal Responsibility Education (PREP) Program?

  • Decrease teen birth rates through increased access to evidence-based education
  • Decrease STI incidence through increased access to medically accurate, age-appropriate health education

Program Impacts:

  • Program Reach: An average of 2,245 youth served annually since 2013
  • Inclusive Sex Education: PREP is reaching priority youth populations: 16% of PREP participants identify as LGBTQ
  • School Achievement: After PREP, 76% of youth said the program made them more likely to care more about doing well in school
  • Resource Knowledge: 85% of youth learned where to go for sexual and reproductive health services in their communities

Program Information:

  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Serving Revere and Somerville
  • Chelsea Public Schools
  • Serving Chelsea
  • Citizens for Citizens
  • Serving Fall River
  • Family and Children’s Services of Greater Lynn
  • Serving Chelsea, Lynn, and Revere
  • Family Services of the Merrimack Valley
  • Serving Lawrence
  • Gándara Center
  • Serving Chicopee, Holyoke, and Springfield
  • Lowell Community Health Center
  • Serving Lowell
  • Salem Public Schools
  • Serving Salem
  • Springfield Public Schools
  • Serving Springfield

Program Components:

  • Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
  • Communication and Negotiation Skills
  • Personal and Community Values Exploration
  • Adulthood Preparation

Adult Preparation Subjects:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Positive self-esteem, romance, friendship, family interactions
  • Adolescent Development
  • Puberty, adolescent growth and development, body image, racial and ethnic diversity,  and cultural identity
  • Financial Literacy
  • Budgeting, income, and financial planning

Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development Values:

  • Data Driven
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Racial Justice
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Health Equity
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Sustainability

How can you learn more?

For more information about ASE Connections to Programs listed above, visit our website at:

Https://www.mass.gov/personal-responsibility-education-program-prep

 

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