The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is a statewide initiative aimed to reduce teen pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infections in the state of Ohio for youth 14-21 years of age residing in foster care and the juvenile justice systems.
The Ohio PREP Statewide Initiative is 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.
The Ohio PREP utilizes a train the trainer model consisting of three steps:
- Ohio Department of Health trains sub grantees staff as PREP Master Trainers
- PREP Master Trainers train direct care staff who work with foster care and incarcerated youth as PREP Instructors
- PREP Instructors provide PREP workshops to youth residing in foster care or the juvenile justice system.
The PREP Instructor Training is two days (12 hours). When an agency staff completes the PREP Instructor Training they are eligible to conduct PREP youth workshops.
PREP is conducted throughout the state of Ohio. The state is divided into 5 different districts.
- District 3 is made of the following 18 counties: Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington.
- District 5 is made of the following 20 counties: Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking, Knox, Licking, Logan. Madison, Marion, Mercer, Miami, Morrow, Pickaway, Shelby and Union.
PREP offers a variety of free trainings and workshops.
PREP Youth Workshops follow a fun and interactive curriculum designed to give youth the skills they need to successfully transition to adulthood. Two evidence-based curricula options are available; Reducing the Risk (RTR) and Making Proud Choices (MPC) are the foundation of the pregnancy and STI prevention component of PREP. These curricula are supplemented by the PREP Adulthood Modules, which include:
- Healthy Relationships
- Financial Literacy
- Career Building
All PREP Youth Workshops are tailored to the agency and the youth. Youth that complete at least 75% of the program will receive an incentive for participating based on available resources.
PREP Instructor Training is a free, two-day facilitator training for direct care staff of juvenile justice and foster care facilities. This is an interactive training designed to equip staff with the confidence and tools needed to effectively facilitate youth workshops on pregnancy and STI prevention.
Parent Engagement Workshops bring parents together to discuss important topics that directly impact families with teens. These educational workshops provide parents with tools and resources to help their teens navigate the transition to adulthood. They are free and open to all parents and caregivers.
Professional Development Workshops are offered throughout the year for foster care providers, juvenile justice staff, and key stakeholders. These free workshops are designed to move your career forward by providing specialized training in all facets of career and professional development.
Virtual Workshops and Trainings are now available! All services can be provided virtually, including PREP Youth Workshops, PREP Instructor Trainings, Parent Engagement Workshops, and Professional Development Workshops. The PREP Adulthood Modules are also offered virtually as shorter, stand-alone workshops for youth. These topics include Healthy Relationships, Financial Literacy, and Career Building. Take a look at our Calendar of Events or contact Kennedie Burston by email or phone (614-355-4677) to schedule a virtual training.
Youth must be between the ages of 14 and 21 and reside in a foster care, juvenile justice facility, independent living, or group home and/or be linked with the children’s services or the judicial system.
Agencies are eligible to participate in the PREP program if they are a foster care agency, juvenile justice facility, agencies that provide services to youth on parole, independent living, group homes and other agencies linked to the judicial system or children services.
If you are not sure if your agency is eligible, please contact us.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital conducts PREP youth workshops in Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington counties as well as Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking, Knox, Licking, Logan. Madison, Marion, Mercer, Miami, Morrow, Pickaway, Shelby and Union counties.
This encompasses two districts: Districts 3 and 5. Please refer to the map below to view areas where Nationwide Children’s is implementing the PREP program.