The state administered federally funded Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) educates youth on both abstinence and contraception
Fulton County Commissioners voted today to direct the Housing and Human Services Department to apply for and accept a $25,000 grant from the State of Georgia, Department of Human Services.Â The vote came during the regular June 6, 2012, meeting of the Board of Commissioners.
The federally funded grant administered by the State supports the State of Georgiaâ€™s Department of Human Services Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP).Â PREP provides services to educate youth in the Teen DADS (Determined Active Dedicated Supportive) Program on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of additional unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS.
Teen DADS, the creation of District 7 Commissioner William â€śBillâ€ť Edwards and an initiative of the Board of Commissioners, was created in 2009.Â The program provides career counseling, educational support, parenting classes and other services to help young fathers bond with their babies and successfully co-parent with the babiesâ€™ mothers.
The federal dollars will support the existing programs offered by Teen DADS, which include weekly group sessions with the 24/7 Dad Curriculum from the National Fatherhood Initiative.Â Additionally, the program provides education on the effects of drugs, alcohol and stress on families.Â Under the program, The Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Children and Youth will integrate the Stateâ€™s Relationships Smarts Plus (RS+) and Making Proud Choices (MPC) curriculums into its existing Teen DADS program.Â Â Additionally, the Curriculum will include the Be Proud, Be Responsible, Be Protected (BPBRBP) Curriculum, which emphasizes health, sexual responsibility and accountability.
The Teen DADS Program provides core services, including but not limited to:
- Individual needs assessments to determine educational attainment, work and career development needs while developing unique intervention programs and monitoring the performance of participants
- Â Resources and Referrals to connect teen fathers with specialized services and community resources, including health, mental health, educational support and career development
- Weekly support group meetings and mentoring
- Prevention of Domestic Violence education
- Collaborative meetings with the Teen fatherâ€™s families and teen motherâ€™s families to discuss issues such as visitation schedules, financial obligations and the importance of harmonious relationships.
Since 2009, Teen DADS has held six sessions, including one that is currently in session.Â The program has graduated 95 young men who participated from 2009 â€“ 2011. On June 20, 2012, the number of graduates will rise to 115.Â In 2011, 37 out of 40 teen fathers completed the program. Ninety-five percent completed the National Fatherhood Initiative Dad curriculum and 95% demonstrated an increased awareness of methods to prevent teen pregnancies, awareness of available resources and community services and improved their ability to establish responsible fatherhood skills and practices.
The Teen DADS program was recently featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network during the Lisa Ling, Our America Show.Â The program aired in November and December 2011.
For more information about the Teen DADS Program, contact Roosevelt Muhammad at 404-613-8738.