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.
Reducing the Risk (RTR) and Making Proud Choices are the evidenced-based curriculums that are the foundation for pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention education.
Other topics include:
- Healthy relationships, such as positive self-esteem and relationship dynamics, friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage and family interactions
- Financial literacy
- Educational and career success, such as developing skills for employment preparation, job seeking, independent living, financial self-sufficiency and work place productivity
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.