The Washington State Personal Responsibility Education Program (WA PREP) is in its fourth year! 2014-2015 Intervention Partners received funding to implement evidenced based interventions (EBIs) in Washington State communities.
WA PREP Intervention Partners educate youth (primarily ages 11-18) on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, and three adulthood preparation subjects subjects (Healthy Relationships, Parent-Child Communication, and Healthy Life Skills). WA PREP staff have provided specialized technical assistance and training to all Intervention Partners to build their capacity to implement EBIs.
Currently, WA PREP has trained dozens of facilitators in eight EBIs (Be Proud! Be Responsible!, SHARP, Reducing the Risk, Making Proud Choices, Making Proud Choices - An Adaptation for Youth in Out-of-Home Care, ¡Cuídate!, Draw the Line/Respect the Line, and SiHLE: Sistas, Informing, Healing, Living, Empowering). Here is what WA PREP Intervention Partners are saying:
“Thank you all for your guidance, support, and encouragement as we stumbled through the task of initiating this program which has now become one of the youth’s favorites. Funny to think we have a waiting list!”
—Sara, Making Proud Choices Facilitator
Juvenile Rehabilitation Authority's work with WAPREP was recently highlighted in their newsletter.
“We have a 'tool box' of information now we can use with the youth we serve.”
“We have had a positive experience with WA PREP from the very beginning. The training was very helpful and informative and the SiHLE curriculum was very easy to understand and implement.”
“The [Reducing the Risk] curriculum itself is easy to use and has lots of involvement with the youth. At the end the youth really had learned a lot and expressed how much they enjoyed the class.”