Abstinence Education Program (AEP)
Bureau of Community-Based & Primary Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services
Adolescents and/or adults age 12 through 18 years old. Other adults such as parents or professionals that desire training in how to support decisions to delay sexual activity until marriage.
To support decisions to abstain from sexual activity until marriage by providing abstinence education as defined by Section 510(b)(2) of the Title V Social Security Act with a focus on those groups that are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock.
Illinois programs use one or more of the following strategies: in-school curricula centered education; after-school programs with emphasis on homework help, mentoring, drama clubs and support groups; and parent workshops, available in English and Spanish, to provide parents with the information, encouragement and support they need to help their children make healthy decisions.
Program funds will be used to support local health departments, community-based organizations and schools to deliver abstinence centered, character focused education to adolescents and parents residing in identified high-need areas of the state.
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*Note - Program Expenditure amounts for SFY05 thru SFY07 include match funds.
- Participants obtained skills on how to set personal boundaries and guidelines that will assist them in abstaining from premarital sex and help them in achieving personal goals.