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2014 Teen Pregnancy Prevention - Goals to Fund

The Fresno Regional Foundation (FRF) will be awarding $350,000 in grants for Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Merced, and Kings Counties. Three types of grants will be offered: Pilot, Planning, and Program . Pilot and Planning grants range from $20,000 to $25,000 and are one year in duration. Program grants will support TPP programs that are comprehensive, medically accurate, and provide access or referrals to clinical services are two year grants and range from $50,000 to $100,000.

Focus of the Program Grants

To fund programs serving Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Merced and Kings Counties that provide reproductive health services, comprehensive sexuality education or youth development initiatives aimed at reducing teen pregnancy. Youth development initiatives should demonstrate working with young people and their families in such a way that allows them to develop leadership skills.

Program Grants

These grants will support organizations offering TPP programs that are:

  • Comprehensive
  • Medically accurate
  • Provide access or referrals to clinical services
  • Grant Amount: $100,000
  • Grant duration: Two years
Eligibility (These factors are all required for Program Grants only)
    • The program is medically accurate comprehensive and free from bias.
    • The program is gender appropriate.
    • The program is culturally and linguistically competent for its target population.
    • The program provides referrals to a family planning service provider (as evidenced by a letter of cooperation with a service provider)

      Note: If the program is not providing reproductive health services we want to be certain young people can access services with the partner service provider. See the Resources and Research Tabs at the top of this page. 

    • Evidenced-based; For a list of programs, please visit: 

If your curriculum is not on one of the lists, you must speak with Sr. Program Officer, Sandra Flores.

Secondary Focus

Pilot and planning grants may fund planning; pilot projects; training and development of staff and/or volunteers; training and education of evidence-based curriculum; gender appropriate training and education for staff and volunteers; youth conferences that include reproductive health; parent engagement programs; and/or peer outreach teams.

Pilot Grants

These grants are intended to supplement core TPP interventions. Examples include:

  • Innovative or culturally-relevant approaches
  • Parent education
  • Community outreach and education
  • Grant range: $20,000 to $25,000
  • Grant duration: One year
Planning Grants

These grants are intended to support organizations to develop TPP programming by:

  • Culturally relevant
  • Purchasing evidence-based curriculum
  • Training staff
  • Identifying and partnering with clinic services
  • Activities to support the implementation of programming
  • Grant range: $20,000 to $25,000
  • Grant duration: One year
Selection Criteria
These are for Pilot, Planning and Program grants. (These are items that will cause the applicant's proposal to receive a higher ranking.)

    Programs that:
    • have high impact and focus on outcome
    • have a service provider referral system developed
    • have a youth development focus
    • involve parents or significant adult
    • define outcomes well
  • Sustainability of programs
  • Partner with other organizations doing related work
  • Knowledge of other organizations doing related work
  • The organization's long-standing and deep knowledge of a community.
  • The organization's impact on long-term community change as it pertains to youth and their families
  • The financial health of applying organization
  • Grant specific budget
  • If the selected curriculum was modified, please indicate how it was modified.
  • It is important to provide clarity on why this intervention was chosen for the targeted population.

Additional Information

The Fresno Regional Foundation TPP Advisory Committee may conduct site visits for some of the top applicants for the larger awards. These site visits will be July 30-31, 2014.

Grants Information Session Resources

2014 TPP Grant Cycle Information Handout (39 KB)

2014 TPP Information Session Presentation (1021 KB)

Why the Focus on Teen Pregnancy Prevention?

Although birth rates to teen mothers have decreased, teen pregnancy and parenting continues to be a significant social issue in our community. According to the Public Policy Institute, Tulare and Kings County account for the highest teen birth rates in all of California with 6.9% of births from women ages 15-19. Moreover, 66% of teen births in California are to Latina women (Public Policy Institute of California, p. 9)


Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County: $100,000 over two years for Expanding Safer Choices for Youth and Parents in the Valley with comprehensive medically accurate sex education to low income youth of color.

Nuevo Comienzo: $100,000 over two years for Los Guerreros a health promotion program intended to empower Latino youth to reduce risk factors and become community educators and mentors regarding pregnancy, STD's and HIV prevention, self-efficacy and health care.

Fresno Barrios Unidos: $100,000 over two years to provide young women in foster care with FOCUS evidence based teen pregnancy prevention program.

ACT for Women and Girls: $60,000 over two years to reduce Teen Pregnancy rates in Tulare County through community interventions and innovative strategies with teens.

Boys 2 Men-Girls 2 Women Foundation: $20,000 for I Decide: Teens Making Healthy Decisions, an intervention program that addresses the high rates of teen pregnancy, facilitate education, and by extension reduce poverty.

Novelas Educativas, LLC: $20,000 for Yo Soy Tu Nina, to facilitate dialogue on relationships, sex, contraception, and provide communication tools and resources for Latino parents and teens.

This research is an annual update the teen birth rates in California. For more information visit:
  • Although teen mothers who stay in school are just as likely to graduate as non-mothers, those who drop out before or shortly after childbirth are only half as likely to return to school and graduate as are non-mother dropouts. (p.2)
  • Pregnant teens are most likely to smoke during pregnancy. Smoking among pregnant and parenting teens appears to be highly related to pregnancy and early parenting related stress, and it is especially resistant to successful cessation. Even teen mothers who successfully quit smoking during pregnancy tend to relapse immediately or shortly after birth. (p. 3)
  • [In 2008], the current annual net costs to taxpayers of births to teen mothers in California are estimated to be $1.7 billion, and current annual total net costs to society run $3.8 billion. (p. 3)

This research is based on a nationally representative survey of 1,800 unmarried young adults aged 18-29 and is the first of its kind to focus in-depth on the attitudes and behavior of unmarried young adults—both men and women— regarding pregnancy planning, contraception, and related issues. 

The findings are contained in this report and include 20-somethings':

  • basic knowledge about and attitudes toward contraception,
  • motivation to use contraception carefully and consistently, and
  • attitudes and aspirations about relationships and forming families.

Toward a common future
To reduce teen pregnancy, it is critical to understand not only the behavior prevention efforts are trying to change, but also the beliefs and attitudes that influence those behaviors. To that end, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has conducted a number of surveys over the years to help youth service providers, media, educators, and the general public better understand the perspectives of teens and parents on sex, relationships, contraception, and other topics.

Teen Births in California
The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health program, the Office of Family Planning, and the University of California at San Francisco are pleased to announce the release of Teen Births in California: A Resource for Planning and Policy. The resource shows California teen birth rates, differences by race and ethnicity, and comparisons at the Medical Service Study Area (MSSA) level. MSSAs, are sub-county areas comprised of contiguous census tracts that do not cross county boundaries. The main purpose of this resource is to identify locations in California with higher or lower teen birth rates based on births in 2004/2005 as well as comparing changes in teen birth rates from 2000/2001 to 2004/2005. Included are maps by county and MSSA displaying overall teen birth rates and rates by race and ethnicity. Also included are tables organized alphabetically by county and MSSA community/place name and number. Presenting the data geographically by race and ethnicity, and in table form, will assist the targeting of teen pregnancy-related and teen birth-related programs. Major funding for this effort was provided by Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant.

Adolescent Pregnancy and Childbearing in California
  • Poor and low-income teens account for 83% of teens who give birth and 85% of those who become an unmarried parent. (p. 10)
  • An estimated 50% to 60% of parenting teens have been sexually abused, compared to 25% to 30% national rate for never-pregnant teens. ( p. 16)
  • Children of parents with low educational attainment, occupation, and income are more likely to have sex at an early age, not use contraception consistently, and become pregnant or cause a pregnancy. (p. 17)
  • A second pregnancy is more likely for teens living apart from their parents, being below grade level, having dropped out of school, or growing up in a disadvantaged neighborhood where early parenting gives adult status rather than lost opportunity. (p. 23)
  • Nearly 80% of fathers of children born to teen mothers do not marry the mothers and only one out of five teen mothers receive any financial support from their child's father. (pp. 23-26)

    Maternity Before Maturity: Teen Birth Rates in California
    • Fathers of children born to teens are on average almost four years older than the mothers, and a majority is over the age of 21. (p. 5)
    • In 1997, one of every four children born to a teen mother had a father who met one of three criminal categories for statutory rape. (p. 5)

    Coming soon

    Place holder for TPP Publication

    Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advisory Committee

    List of Evidence Based Curricula

    The curricula listed below are examples of evidence-based programs. How the Review Was Conducted provides more information on the review's criteria. The table also provides links to summary information about the implementation of each program and its supporting research evidence. The information is based on the research studies reviewed and on publicly available online sources. The implementation information is not exhaustive and may not reflect the most recent experience with each intervention.

    Program Name


    Aban Aya Youth Project (PDF)

    Middle schools

    Adult Identity Mentoring (Project AIM) (PDF)

    Middle schools

    All4You! (PDF)

    Alternative high schools

    Assisting in Rehabilitating Kids (ARK) (PDF)

    Substance use treatment facilities

    Be Proud! Be Responsible! (PDF)

    Middle schools, high schools, or CBOs

    Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective! (PDF)

    Middle schools, high schools, or CBOs

    Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART) (PDF)

    Middle schools, high schools, or CBOs

    Children’s Aid Society (CAS)—Carrera Program (PDF)


    ¡Cuídate! (PDF)

    Middle schools, high schools, or CBOs

    Draw the Line/Respect the Line (PDF)

    Middle schools


    CBOs or clinics

    Horizons (PDF)

    CBOs or clinics

    It’s Your Game: Keep it Real (PDF)

    Middle schools

    Making a Difference! (PDF)

    Middle schools or CBOs

    Making Proud Choices! (PDF)

    Middle schools or CBOs

    Project TALC (PDF)


    Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only Intervention (PDF) (formerly known as Promoting Health Among Teens!)

    Middle schools or CBOs

    Promoting Health Among Teens! Comprehensive Abstinence and Safer Sex Intervention (PDF) (formerly known as Comprehensive Abstinence and Safer Sex Intervention)

    Middle schools or CBOs

    Raising Healthy Children (PDF) (formerly known as the Seattle Social Development Project)

    Elementary schools 

    Reducing the Risk (PDF)

    High schools

    Rikers Health Advocacy Program (RHAP) (PDF)

    CBOs or youth detention facilities

    Safer Sex (PDF)

    CBOs or clinics

    SiHLE (PDF)

    CBOs or clinics

    Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention (SHARP) (PDF) (formerly known as HIV Risk Reduction Among Detained Adolescents)

    Youth detention facilities

    Sisters Saving Sisters (PDF)

    CBOs or clinics

    Teen Health Project (PDF)


    Teen Outreach Program (PDF)

    Middle schools, high schools, or CBOs

    What Could You Do? (PDF)

    High schools, CBOs, or clinics


    * CBOs = Community-Based Organizations

    Organizations interested in teen pregnancy prevention are encouraged to become a part of the Regional Collaborative as they are an excellent resource for experienced practitioners and local, state and national information. Please contact Celeste Ramos, Representative for the Central Valley Regional TPP Collaborative.