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Title V State Sexual Risk Avoidance Education

Title V State Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE)

The Colorado Title V State Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Grant Program is part of a comprehensive approach to adolescent well-being that seeks to support Colorado youth in developing and navigating healthy relationships and in making decisions that result in reduced rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. SRAE programs use a Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework as part of a risk avoidance strategy to help participants develop healthy life skills, increase individual protective factors that reduce risks, make healthy decisions, engage in healthy relationships, and set goals that lead to self-sufficiency and marriage before engaging in sexual activity. SRAE programs teach youth personal responsibility, self-regulation, goal setting, healthy decision-making, a focus on the future, and the prevention of youth risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol use without normalizing teen sexual activity.


According to Colorado’s Comprehensive Health and Physical Education standards, by graduation students should be able to apply knowledge and skills necessary to make personal decisions that promote healthy relationships and sexual and reproductive health. A comprehensive approach to health is at the forefront of Colorado’s Comprehensive Health and Physical Education standards, which include sexual risk avoidance education throughout all grade levels. Through the awards from this grant program, CDE supports local efforts in ways that individual communities deem appropriate to provide comprehensive sexual health education to youth.


CDE awards competitive subgrants to Community-Based Organizations that provide Out-of-School Time programming to implement standards-aligned and evidence-based Sexual Risk Avoidance Education programming that uses a Positive Youth Development framework.

Statutory Authority

The federally funded Title V State Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families and authorized and funded by Section 510 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 710), as amended by Section 50502 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, Public Law (Pub. L.) No. 115-123, and extended by the CARES Act, 2020 (Pub. L. No. 116-136) to enable states, territories, or other entities to implement education exclusively on sexual risk avoidance. Visit the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Title V State Sexual Risk Avoidance Education: Fact Sheet  for more information about this federal program.


Summer 2022 – Title V SRAE Request for Applications (RFA)

Approximately $300,000 is available to award through this funding opportunity starting October 2022. Individual awards will range between $50,000 and $100,000 with an average anticipated individual award of $75,000. Grants awarded receive funds for a period of three years, contingent upon continued federal appropriations, CDE re-applying for federal funding, and upon grantees meeting all grant, fiscal, and reporting requirements. Based on available funding, grant amounts each year of the three-year grant period will be funded at 100% of the original award. There will be no carryover of funds allowed during or after the three-year grant period. The program and fiscal year period for this program runs from October 1st through September 30th.

Colorado-based Community-Based Organizations that currently (or plan to) provide Out-of-School Time program(s) to youth are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. School districts and schools are ineligible to apply (CO HB19-1032).

Current Colorado Title V SRAE Sub-Grantees

Boys and Girls of Fremont County
Darcy Cole
PO Box 1537
Canon City, CO 81212

Boys and Girls of Pueblo
Angela Giron
635 W. Corona Ave., Ste. 201
Pueblo, CO 81004

Center for Relationship Education
Joneen Mackenzie
8101 E. Belleview Avenue Unit G
Denver, CO 80237

Center Viking Youth Club
Katrina Ruggles
338 Broadway
PO Box 883
Center, CO 81125

Friends for Youth
Alana Sheffield
28101 E. Quincy Ave.
Watkins, CO 80137

For more information, please contact:

Shannon Allen OST Programs and Partnerships Specialist | (720) 498-4675