A comprehensive and holistic approach that focuses on the real-life struggles that teens face as they navigate through the difficult adolescent years, teaching youth the benefits of avoiding risky behavior such as: sexual activity, alcohol and other drugs, and violence.
When compared to sexually active teens,
those who abstain from sexual activity during
high school years (at least until age 18) are:
60% less likely to be expelled from school
50% less likely to drop out of high school
Almost twice as likely to graduate from college
Risk avoidance is not just about
saying “no” to risky activity during
a student’s developing years,
it is about saying “yes” to positive behaviors
that will set a young person on the road
to academic success in high school and beyond.
Find out more about the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) approach and its positive impact on youth
Defining The Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Approach
Risk Avoidance Education is an approach that focuses on best health outcomes and primary prevention. Primary prevention is the optimal public health model as we avoid the health issues rather than addressing them through treatment. Therefore the information and skills in our programs are designed to help teens refrain from risky activity in order to prevent any of the possible consequences of those activities whether it is alcohol use, drug use, violence, or sexual activity.
So when it comes to SRA education primary prevention dictates that we teach youth that avoiding all sexual risk is the surest way to achieve optimal sexual health. The SRA approach has been traditionally called “abstinence education” or “abstinence-centered education.”
The risk avoidance approach is contrasted with the risk reduction approach, which focuses on simply reducing the consequences of risk behaviors. The risk reduction approach has been traditionally called “comprehensive sex education,” “teen pregnancy prevention,” or “contraceptive-centered education.”
The SRA approach is effective, supported by parents , and is a message that more and more teens are adopting in their own lives. SRA programs address teen sexual activity from a holistic standpoint, recognizing that possible consequences far exceed pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Therefore, SRA provides teens with multi-faceted information and skills that will help them avoid all the risks that can interfere with their future goals.
The use of alcohol or other drugs has been shown to be a contributing factor to sexual risk-taking.
Students who do not engage in alcohol and other drug use behaviors receive higher grades than their classmates who do engage in those behaviors.