Bee Busy Learning Academy Receives Grant to Educate Houston-Area Teens about Pregnancy and STD Prevention
Bee Busy receives $1.5 million from ACYF to implement programs aimed at helping at-risk Houston teens and young adults make safer decisions
HOUSTON, TX—March 29, 2013-- Bee Busy Learning Academy, Inc. (Bee Busy), a Houston-based provider of prevention education and services, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program under Grant # 90AK0028-01-00, in 2012. Bee Busy focuses its prevention efforts on Houston, and in particular the Southwest Houston area. The community organization was awarded the federally funded grant in order to help prevent teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases through programs advocating abstinence and responsible behaviors. LEARN MORE>>
Through the use of the three year governmental grant, Bee Busy has created a program entitled Students Taking Responsibility and Action to Prevent Pregnancy (STRAPP), which is a health education program offered free of charge to students in Houston area schools. STRAPP has a number of goals, including the encouragement of abstinence, increase knowledge of the risks associated with sexual activity, basic education related to financial literacy, the teaching of life skills associated with personal choice, college preparation, and the reduction of rates of teen pregnancy in communities of color.
“We are excited to have national support for our efforts to educate our youth and promote awareness to positively impact the youth to make healthier choices,” said Darcy Padgett, Bee Busy Executive Director. “We have found a greater level of retention and responsiveness when the students advocate change to each other. So we arm the kids with the accurate knowledge and strategies they need for success in a really challenging area.”
Through the grant funding, a team of two representatives from Bee Busy will present the STRAPP curriculum, entitled Be Proud! Be Responsible! to students throughout Houston. The STRAPP team members will visit each classroom a total of eight times to introduce students to the curriculum, which is an evidence-based intervention.
“By receiving this additional funding from the ACYF, we plan to be able to reduce not only the cases of teen pregnancy in Houston, but also instance of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases,” said Norman Mitchell, CEO, Bee Busy Learning Academy, Inc. “We have been provided with an amazing opportunity to make a lasting impact in the community.”
Bee Busy has been fortunate to partner with local schools, churches, community centers, and local, state and federal governmental agencies, such as the City of Houston’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Houston Independent School District, the Texas Department of State Health Services, City of Houston’s Hire Houston First and the Barbara Jordan Healthcare Center (Riverside General Hospital) since its inception in 2000.
About Bee Busy Learning Academy
Bee Busy Learning Academy, Inc. is a 501 C 3, non-profit organization that stands out because of its services targeted towards educated youth and adults about HIV/AIDS. For more than a decade, Bee Busy has provided an array of grassroots programs and services that provide HIV/STI testing, outreach and recruitment, substance abuse prevention, care and support services for victims of domestic violence and other related services.
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