Teen Abstinence Program Grant Loses Funding – Seeking Immediate Financial Support

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A teen sexual abstinence program based in Fredericksburg, Virginia is seeking emergency donations to replace lost federal grant funding and avert shutting down in mid-October.

RappTAP teen abstinence program seeking donations.

We hope we can continue the initiatives we’ve developed, working proactively to lower the teen pregnancy rate, foster healthy sexual and relationship habits in our youth, stand behind parents, and push a positive teenage abstinence trend even further.

For more than 12 years, RappTAP (Rappahannock Teen Awareness Program) has been carrying the message that sex is worth waiting for to thousands of teens and parents in schools, churches, and community settings. Due to a Department of Health and Human Services grant funding cut, RappTAP is seeking philanthropic support.

Currently, the Fredericksburg, Virginia teen abstinence program is scheduled to teach Family Life Education classes in most middle and high schools in Planning District 16, which includes Fredericksburg City and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. In order to continue serving the youth in these areas, the organization is enlisting financial support in the form of donations. If no substitute funding is provided, RappTAP will have to close its doors October 15, 2010.

“According to data collected on our program, the information we provide kids actually shows significant changes in attitudes, despite what the Mathematica® study findings on abstinence-based programs state,” says RappTAP Board President, Tanya Singleton, BSN, MPH, RNC, IBCLC, LCCE. “And we hope to find the financial support we need to continue supporting that positive trend. In light of the fact that teen abstinence is much more critical today than it was even a generation ago—where teen sex can lead to disease and even death—this is a crucial issue. We fervently hope we can continue the initiatives we’ve developed these past twelve years, working proactively to lower the teen pregnancy rate, foster healthy sexual and relationship habits in our youth, stand behind parents, and push a positive teenage abstinence trend even further.”

RappTAP provides education and resources on teen sexual abstinence and other risky behaviors, healthy relationships, refusal skills, and developing life goals. As demonstrated in their Annual Executive Summary, RappTAP has made a positive impact in the local community.

Donations can be made today:

  •     Through the RappTAP website: imworththewait.com, by clicking on a donation button in the right-hand navigation
  •     By contacting the Rappanhannock Teen Awareness Program office at 540-370-4238
  •     By mail or in-person at 2301 Fall Hill Avenue, Suite 204, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

About RappTAP:
A non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community on the value of teen sexual abstinence, the Rappahannock Teen Awareness Program presents a medically accurate abstinence message to youth and adults. The Worth the Wait® abstinence education curriculum is designed to instruct students and meet the Family Life Education curricular requirements. RappTAP provides speakers for all audiences free of charge and is funded through public donations. For more information about what this organization does or to obtain information on sex and how to talk to your kids about sex, please contact RappTAP.

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