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June 13, 2012

Vermont Pays High-Risk Teens to Complete Sex-Ed Classes

A Vermont teen center called The Bristol Hub is giving $100 to every teen who completes a 16-hour sex education program, reports Seven Days. The program is a “personal responsibility education program (PREP)” funded by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, and it was created to educate teens on both abstinence and contraception. PREP is giving out more than $55 million in grants to states to start programs aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, with more money available specifically for reaching high-risk youth. At the Hub, program managers are setting aside part of the money and offering it, as a motivation, to kids who complete the course. Currently, Vermont has the third lowest teen birth rate in the country, behind New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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