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 Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
for Foster Care and Adjudicated Youth

PREP is a grant program funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, as a result of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) posted requests for proposals for nine (9) separate regions in the state. The Canton City Health Department has been awarded funding for Region six (6). Region six (6) covers the following nine (9) counties: Carroll, Columbiana, Holmes, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, and Wayne (Click here for PREP brochure).  


The program will focus efforts on educating direct-care staff of foster care and adjudicated youth (14 – 19 years) to provide evidence-based curriculum on BOTH abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI) including HIV/AIDS. The curriculum also incorporates three adulthood readiness topics, including healthy relationships, financial literacy, and career building skills.  These educational programs are provided exclusively to youth in foster care and those involved with the juvenile justice system.  These educational programs for youth will be community based, not school based.



  1. Reduce the rates of teen pregnancy and STI including HIV/AIDS 
  2. Increase the number of youth in the target populations who successfully transition to adulthood 
  3. Increase and enhance workforce development of child welfare and juvenile justice professionals by providing consistent, standardized in service training on evidence based teen pregnancy prevention curriculum and adulthood topics 
  4. Develop a coalition of representatives of agencies/organizations and key stakeholders, from all nine (9) counties, who work with and are familiar with the target population 



The Ohio Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) provides students with an informative, dynamic, interactive approach to prevent unplanned pregnancy and STD/HIV and promote healthy relationships, financial literacy and preparation for future employment. This 16 hour curriculum includes information from Reducing the Risk (revised 5th edition) published by ETR Associates as well as adulthood topics which were developed through review of materials and other curriculum focusing on the adolescent age group.


Reducing the Risk

As the result of participating in classes using this curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the risks and lasting consequences of becoming an adolescent parent or becoming infected with HIV or another STD 
  2. Recognize that abstaining from sexual activity or using contraception are the only ways to avoid pregnancy, HIV and other STDs 
  3. Conclude that factual information about conception and protection is essential for avoiding teenage pregnancy, HIV and other STDs 
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills for remaining abstinent and for avoiding unprotected sexual intercourse 

Healthy Relationships

By the end of this module students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the six main characteristics of healthy relationships 
  2. Explain that healthy relationships involve two individuals displaying positive behaviors in their interactions towards each other 
  3. Demonstrate the characteristics of active listening 
  4. Identify the three main forms of verbal communication 
  5. Discuss the characteristics of an unhealthy relationship 
  6. Recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship 
  7. Identify ways to remain safe in a relationship 

Financial Literacy

By the end of this module students will be able to:

  1. Define what a budget is and why it is important to have a budget
  2. Explain the difference between net and gross pay
  3. Be able to create a sample budget
  4. Explain the different types of bank accounts including checking and savings accounts
  5. Discuss why it is recommended to start saving even as a teen
  6. Be able to fill out a deposit slip and write a check
  7. Demonstrate how to use a checkbook register and read a bank statement
  8. Discuss the meaning of a credit score; when to charge; and the warning signs of credit problems
  9. Describe how to protect a credit card

Career Development/Career Building Skills

By the end of this module students will be able to:

  1. Identify their interests, abilities and personality traits as they relate to employment 
  2. Create a personal resume 
  3. Complete a job application with a cover letter 
  4. Describe the components of a successful job interview 
  5. Demonstrate the ability to successfully interview for a job 
  6. Discuss the type of information needed when researching a job opportunity


If you would like more information about this project or have an interest in participating in the coalition meetings contact Molly Malloy, RN at (330) 489-3322 or .


Funded by The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Service Bureau (FYSB) and administered by the Ohio Department of Youth Services in partnership with The Ohio Department of Health and The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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