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Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

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 Program Contacts

Brandy Eaton BSN, RN
Supervisor
216.201.2000 ext 1327
beaton@ccbh.net
Erin Lark
Grant Coordinator
216.201.2000 ext 1326
elark@ccbh.net

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

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) is the District 2 provider for Ohio PREP. This program is funded by the Ohio Department of Youth Services. CCBH partners with OhioGuidestone and Canton City Public Health to provide programming throughout District 2.

District 2 counties include Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne.

 

What is Ohio PREP?

Ohio PREP uses the evidence-based curriculum Making Proud Choices! (MPC) to provide instruction to youth that are justice-involved, in foster care, or enrolled in alternative school settings. MPC gives teens the information, skills and confidence to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancy, HIV and other STDs using DVDs, games, brainstorming, role-playing, skill-building activities and small-group discussions.

MPC aims to help young people:

  • Increase their knowledge of HIV, other STDs and pregnancy prevention
  • Believe in the value of abstinence and other safer-sex practices
  • Improve their ability to negotiate abstinence or safer-sex practices
  • Take pride in choosing responsible sexual behaviors

 

Ohio PREP also incorporates three adulthood readiness topics: financial literacy, healthy relationships, and educational/career success.

 

Who are Ohio PREP eligible youth?

  • Ages 14-21
  • In foster care, residential placement, kinship care, or shelter care
  • Youth with justice involvement, participating in diversion programs, or on probation
  • Attend alternative school settings

 

This curriculum is not appropriate for youth with developmental disabilities or with sexual offender status.

 

Who can be trained to teach Ohio PREP?

Ohio PREP uses a train the trainer model to prepare direct care staff to implement MPC with youth in their care. The goal of the training is to provide direct care staff with the skills needed to present information clearly, respond to participant questions, and lead activities that reinforce learning.

When are the Ohio PREP Provider Trainings?

There are no trainings scheduled at this time. Please contact Erin Lark at elark@ccbh.net about training opportunities.
Trainings can also be scheduled on site for organizations who have 5 or more staff trainees.

 

How do I register to attend a training?

Please contact Erin Lark at elark@ccbh.net to register.

 

Are there other ways to be involved in PREP?

We invite you to join the Ohio PREP District 2 Coalition. In addition to working together to promote the program, we meet regularly to review the program’s progress and provide input on future plans. Each meeting also has a free learning workshop for coalition members. Please join us quarterly at one of our meeting locations.

 

District 2 North Meeting Schedule

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

May 19, 2020/August 18, 2020/November 17, 2020

Cuyahoga County Board of Health, 5550 Venture Drive, Parma, OH 44130

 

District 2 South Meeting Schedule

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

May 20, 2020

Stark Community Foundation – Goldsmith Room, 400 Market Avenue N, Canton, OH 44702

 

August 19, 2020/November 18, 2020

Stark County District Library, 715 Market Avenue N, Canton OH 44702

 

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