Comprehensive Health Education Outcomes

Garfield County PREP Outcomes

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Logo - Sex Ed in Garfield CountyGarfield County PREP is responsible for delivering the majority of Colorado PREP programming, with over 90% of the state’s participants currently served in this county. About

10% of Garfield County PREP participants report that they are currently sexually active

– and the proportion of sexually active youth

increases nearly 3-fold between middle-school and high-school years,

suggesting this is a key time to inform youth about their sexuality and sexual health-related issues.

We Heart Sex Ed

Garfield County PREP saw strong positive outcomes over the 2018-2019 school year, for all curricula it delivered. Participating in PREP decreased participants’ sexual intentions, with about

52% of participants reporting they are less likely to have sex following PREP programming

and only about

12% reporting they are more likely to do so.

This is a particular accomplishment when it comes to influencing participants’ sexual intentions among older and higher risk students, who are typically more sexually active when initiating programming.

In Garfield County, even the curricula targeting these youth, whose sexual intentions have been found to be more difficult to modify over the course of receiving sexual health programming, decreased during the 2018-2019 school year.

Even more strikingly, among those youth who do intend to be sexually active, Garfield County PREP is increasing intentions to use condoms/barriers.

During the 2018-2019 school year, about

80% of Garfield County PREP participants reported that they were more likely to use condoms/barriers after participating in PREP than they were before; less than

8% reported they are less likely to do so.

Comprehensive Health Increases Knowledge

Garfield County PREP also increases sexual health knowledge among participants. Pre/post-tests (e.g. assessing whether a person with an STD who looks and feels healthy can give the infection to others, whether a person can get the same STD more than once, etc.) showed student gains in knowledge for all PREP curricula delivered in the schools.

For many curricula, especially those targeting older students, gains of two or even three letter grades were seen on average over the course of PREP programming.

You can see the results by curriculum on the Garfield County PREP’s results page of the website. Regardless of year, PREP has consistently delivered these same results as demonstrated by the pre/post survey data analysis.

U Moustache for Consent

U Mustache for Consent: I saw this amazing campaign on consent education and promotion and brought it to Bright Future Foundation.

Bright Future Foundation serves all of Eagle County in domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, intervention, and on-going counseling much like the Advocate Safehouse Project in Garfield County. Bright Future Foundation offers a full compliment of professional services that help to break the generational cycle of violence by providing immediate relief to families in need.

Bright Future Foundation

I believe that this initiative will promote consent as the norm for healthy relationships and aligns well with the missions of both Garfield County PREP and the Bright Future Foundation. Bright Future Foundation provided extensive support and guidance for the campaign and helped bring my U Mustache 4 Consent campaign to Eagle County through the schools and other community opportunities!

In an unexpected twist of good timing and good fortune, Bon Iver, a Grammy award-winning musical group, contacted Bright Future Foundation in July of 2019 to ask if the foundation would like to partner with their band with the goal of donating to, working with, and promoting the work of local violence prevention organizations over the course of their tour. Bon Iver, through online auctions, event auctions, and merchandise sales was raising funds that they would then reinvest in the communities that came out to support them and enjoy their music.

On September 2nd, Bon Iver played at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail! Bright Future Foundation invited me to join them at the event, and it was through the generosity of Bon Iver in granting a platform to the foundation that the U Mustache 4 Consent campaign was officially launched. The reactions of the community were staggering.

Bright Future Foundation had a table with information, sign up sheets for volunteers to work with local youth as Buddy Mentors and to sign up to help with the 24/7 crisis hotline, and had printed up U Mustache 4 Consent stickers and posters. Volunteers handed out fake mustaches and opened conversations with all sorts of people. Together, we engaged youth, vendors, locals, visitors, people working with Bon Iver, security, and the police in discussing the importance of consent and how to work together to prevent violence and sexual assault.

There was a hugely positive response, the message resonated with the people, and Bright Future Foundation, Bon Iver, Project We Care Colorado and I collaborated to simultaneously promote consent education, involve youth through positive engagement, and work to expand community empowerment.

Ultimately, together we will bring the U Mustache 4 Consent campaign and educational program to our peers in the schools, to the community, and who knows, far beyond our Eagle County borders. But this is just the beginning.