Fact Sheet: The President's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative
The President’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative:
Providing Young People the Information and Skills They Need
Provide $130 million for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative to continue current cooperative agreements and ensure vital programming to an additional 100,000 more youth to receive the sex education and positive youth development programs they need to make safe and healthy decisions.
The President’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), first funded in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 at $110 million, provides competitive contracts and grants to public and private entities. The Initiative funds medically accurate and age-appropriate programs that reduce teen pregnancy and associated risk behaviors and covers costs associated with administering and evaluating the program.
TPPI is administered by the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), in cooperation with the Administration for Children and Families and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). TPPI was funded at $105 million in FY 2012 and President Obama requested level funding for the program for FY 2013, which includes:
In addition, we request that the Committee provide level funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evaluation at the FY 2012 level of $8.5 million. The continuation of this funding is vital to further ongoing evaluation efforts and to expand the list of evidence-based programs available for preventing unintended teen pregnancy, STIs, and other associated sexual risk behaviors.
Comprehensive Sex Education Programs Work to Protect Young People’s Health
Research proves that more comprehensive approaches to sex education such as those funded through TPPI can decrease sexual risk behaviors among students, including—
Teens who receive sex education that includes abstinence and contraception are more likely than those who receive abstinence-only-until-marriage messages to delay sexual activity and use contraception when they do become sexually active.
Leading Medical Professional Groups Support Comprehensive Sex Education
Leading public health and medical professional organizations all stress the need for sexuality education that includes messages about abstinence and provides young people with information about contraception for the prevention of teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and other STDs.
Comprehensive Sex Education is Supported by the Vast Majority of Americans
An overwhelming majority of parents, young people, and voters from across the political spectrum and regardless of religious affiliation support young people receiving comprehensive information about sexuality.
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Updated May 2012