To be eligible for Federal Title V funding,
a program must be educational or motivational and address the following
Have, as its exclusive purpose,
teaching the social psychological and physical health gains to be realized
by abstaining from premarital sexual activity.
Teach abstinence from sexual activity outside
of marriage as the expected standard for all school age children.
Teach that abstinence from sexual activity
is the only certain way to avoid out-of- wedlock pregnancies, sexually
transmitted disease and associated health problems.
Teach that a mutually faithful monogamous
relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human
Teach that sexual activity outside the context
of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects.
Teach that bearing children out-of- wedlock
is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents
Teach young people how to reject sexual advances
and how alcohol and drug use increase vulnerability to sexual advances.
Teach the importance of attaining self-sufficiency
before engaging in sexual activity.
SPRANS Abstinence Education Grant
In July 2001, AEN received Notice of Award to implement a three year SPRANS Abstinence Education Project,
entitled "Ohio Abstinence Campaign." This is the first ever premarital abstinence campaign in the history of Ohio! The
campaign will provide a multi-faceted approach to assist teens, particularly in the urban and rural areas of the state to choose
abstinence from premarital sex, drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Community rallies, professional seminars, state-wide media
campaign, mentoring training, and evaluation of the project will be implemented by five collaborating agencies. These
collaborative partners are Abstinence Educators' Network, Abstinence Resource Center (ARC), REACH, Mercy
Partners of Western Ohio and Central Ohio AEN . They will be working along side of county leaders and
interested citizens to implement the statewide effort.