Since September 2010, the South Dakota Department of Health, Office of Family and Community Health has received federal abstinence-only education funding. The purpose of these funds is to enable the State to provide abstinence education to South Dakota youth.
The South Dakota Department of Health worked with stakeholders including other state agencies as well as community-based organizations to develop a state Abstinence Education Plan. The DOH conducted a review of data and together with stakeholders identified the target population for abstinence programming as 9-11 year olds, at least 50% of whom are American Indian youth..
Through an annual request for proposal (RFP) process, a contract for FY 2010 was awarded to the Boys and Girls Club of Watertown to implement an evidence-based, medically accurate program designed to promote abstinence from sexual activity.
The 2011 contracts were awarded to Youth and Family Services, Inc. of Rapid City, and Boys and Girls Club of Watertown to provide abstinence education.
The 2012 contracts were awarded to Boys and Girls Club of Watertown to provide abstinence education at 10 sites across the state and to the National Abstinence Clearinghouse to develop an abstinence education program for the target population.
For additional information, please contact the South Dakota Abstinence Education program at 773-3361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.