Teens Empowerment Awareness with ResolutionS (TEARS), Inc. submits a funding request of $467,234 to implement a Competitive Abstinence Education program called the TEARS Abstinence Project (TAP) to address the problem of sexual activity among youth in Macon County and Russell County, Alabama. The target area’s rates of teen pregnancies and STIs are higher than those of the nations. Additionally, teens in the service area accounted for a larger percentage of births than did teens nationally. Teens were also responsible for over one-third of the chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in the target area.
The goal of the TEARS Abstinence Project (TAP) is to increase participants’ reserves of developmental assets through positive adult, peer and community interactions which will empower youth to choose abstinent lifestyles, thus decreasing the rates of teen pregnancy and STIs in Macon and Russell counties. To achieve this goal, TAP will provide pregnancy/STI prevention interventions, including abstinence education to 180 youth ages 11 to 14 in Macon and Russell counties, Alabama.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Family and Youth Services Bureau.