2008 Abstinence Education Program (AEP) Fact Sheet

Abstinence Education Program (AEP)
Bureau of Community-Based & Primary Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


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.

Delivery Method

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.

Program Data

FY05 FY06 FY07 FY08
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $2,697.2* $2,694.4* $2,874.4* $1,302.1
Number of Grantees 30 30 30 31
Number Served 49,476 65,895 62,025 58,400

*Note - Program Expenditure amounts for SFY05 thru SFY07 include match funds.

Program Effectiveness

  • 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.