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ACT for Youth

The CAPP and PREP Initiatives

This section is designed for CAPP and PREP providers in New York State.

This map shows the headquarters of agencies funded through the CAPP and PREP initiatives in New York State, as well as the partners who make up ACT for Youth.

The Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) and Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) initiatives are community-based projects funded by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). Projects serve youth in high-need communities that have the highest teen pregnancy and birth rates in the state. Both initiatives support comprehensive, high-quality interventions and services that rely on the best available research evidence to inform and guide practice. They also utilize a youth development framework in communities where youth lack social and economic opportunities that enable them to live up to their full potential.

The NYSDOH-funded ACT for Youth Center for Community Action (formerly the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence) provides training, technical assistance, and evaluation for the CAPP and PREP initiatives.

About CAPP

CAPP serves youth age 10-21. The purpose of the CAPP initiative is to:
  • support community-based efforts to improve sexual health and other health outcomes for adolescents;
  • promote preventive health care services, including reproductive health and family planning services for adolescents;
  • support social-emotional development, health, and healthy relationships for adolescents;
  • support home and community relationships and environments that support health; and
  • decrease disparities in all core outcomes among New York State adolescents.
Component 1. All funded agencies provide comprehensive, evidence-based, age-appropriate sexual health education. They also work to ensure access to confidential reproductive health and family planning services for adolescents. Together, these activities (sexual health education and access to family planning) comprise CAPP Component 1. Some agencies also implement best practice parent education strategies as part of component 1.

Component 2. Some agencies are funded for a second component that is focused on youth development. These agencies:

  • implement multi-dimensional educational, vocational, economic, and recreational opportunities for youth on multiple health and development topics that introduce them to new situations, ideas, and people, and challenge them to build or learn skills; and/or
  • implement mechanisms to refer individuals to other federal, state, county, city, school district, and local community service providers for physical, social, emotional, educational, and developmental support and services as necessary.

All projects must also ensure that youth are referred as needed to other providers of health care services, local public health and social service agencies, hospitals, voluntary agencies, and health or social services supported by other federal programs.

Special attention is paid in the CAPP initiative to community readiness for sexual health interventions. Funded agencies will use the Community Readiness Model (PDF) to lay the groundwork for successful project implementation.

Community projects were selected through a competitive Request for Applications (PDF) process. The current CAPP initiative began January 1, 2017 with funding for 48 CAPP projects awarded to local community-based organizations throughout the state.

About PREP

PREP funds are used to educate youth on both abstinence and contraception through the implementation of evidence-based programs that also include adult preparation topics. PREP programs serve youth age 10-19 (and young adult women who are pregnant or parenting up to age 21). The initiative also pays particular attention to developing funded agencies' capacity for assessing and responding to trauma, recognizing and coping with secondary trauma, and developing policies for trauma-informed organizations.

The current PREP initiative began January 1, 2017. The PREP initiative is funded by federal Title V funds awarded to NYSDOH by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Families and Children. In turn, NYSDOH has awarded funds to support seven community-based programs that were selected through a competitive Request for Applications (PDF) process.