The Abstinence Education Program is a valuable resource for helping middle school-aged youth learn valuable life skills. The program em-powers youth ages 10-14 to avoid risky behaviours by choosing abstinence. These healthy life skills may include: distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy relationships; understanding sexually transmitted infections; setting goals; positive decision-making; and character build-ing.
The program was initiated in 2011, targeting youth ages 10 through 14. Strategies include peer-to-peer education, in-school education, parent education and community forums. Funding is received primarily from the federal Title V Section 510 of the Abstinence Education Program, with in-kind matching resources provided from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The program was initiated in 2011 through the Virginia Department of Health and currently operates in 11 health districts: Alexandria, Al-leghany/Roanoke, Crater, Central Shenandoah, Central Virginia, Lord Fairfax, Norfolk, Piedmont, Portsmouth, Richmond City and Thomas Jefferson. Funding is primarily from the federal Title V Section 510 of the Abstinence Education Program, with in-kind matching resources provided from the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information on Title V Section 510, please click here.