SRA Ambassador speaks truth to young men through the Evidence-based SRA Project

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about the project

 USPIE has yet again partnered with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) and the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), this time introducing Lee and Fairfield Counties Sheriff’s Offices to bring the Think Truth Today SRA curriculum to thousands of youth. Last year, RCSD reached nearly 2,000 in an 8-month period through their existing programs and community outreach events.​ 


 Along with the National Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Experts Training, the Sheriff Offices staff and 3 SRA Ambassadors will be provided Curriculum Training by authors of the Think Truth Today curriculum to be implemented with 1000 high-risk youth in target counties. 


 An additional 2000 high-risk youth from target counties will learn about sexual risk avoidance and be encouraged to delay sexual activity until marriage through young SRA speakers, health fairs and other community events. It is the mission of Richland County Sheriff’s Youth Services Division to strengthen and empower youth, families and communities of Richland County by providing accessible, responsive and innovative services. The mission is met through a variety of programs designed to reduce delinquent behavior, lead youth to success, avoid detention, and provide mentoring. The Youth Services Division also hosts parent workshops and parent empowerment programs. 


 SRA Ambassadors will assist Deputies and USPIE in teaching the Think Truth Today SRA education curriculum to approximately 1,000 high-risk youth. The SRA Ambassadors will also assist the Deputies and USPIE in providing the Sexual Risk Avoidance message to 2,000 high-risk youth. 

Richland County Sheriff's Youth Services Division

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 It is the mission of Richland County Sheriff’s Youth Services Division to strengthen and empower youth, families and communities of Richland County by providing accessible, responsive and innovative services. The mission is met through a variety of programs designed to reduce delinquent behavior, lead youth to success, avoid detention, and provide mentoring. The Youth Services Division also hosts parent workshops and parent empowerment programs. 

​Richland County Sheriff's Youth Services Website 

Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office

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 Sharing the same mission, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office is being mentored by Richland County Sheriff’s YSD to develop a Youth Services Division. Successful youth empowerment programs and adult workshops from Richland County are being replicated with Orangeburg County high-risk youth and their families. The Think Truth Today curriculum will be implemented to high-risk youth within replicated programs, and families of the high-risk youth will be trained. 

​​Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office Website 

Lee County Sheriff's Office

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Lee County Sheriff’s Office is also being mentored by Richland County Sheriff’s Youth Services Division.The Think Truth Today curriculum will be implemented to high-risk youth within replicated programs, and families of the high-risk youth will be trained. 

​​Lee County Sheriff's Office Website 

National SRA Experts Training

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The USPIE Evidence-based SRA Education Project will kick off with a National Sexual Risk Avoidance Experts Training Conference in which a total of 200 adults will be trained by national experts about the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized when youth delay initiation of sexual activity and have healthy relationships. Attendees will include key deputies who work with high-risk youth and School Resource Officers from partnering Sheriff Departments, and other influential community adults. Additionally, 3 select local students will attend and later become SRA Ambassadors.  

Curriculum Training

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Following the National SRA Experts Training, Curriculum Training will be offered to 3 select, local students in order for them to become Abstinence Ambassadors, and to select Richland, Orangeburg, Lee, and Fairfield County deputies in order to equip them to implement the Think Truth Today curriculum.  

SRA Ambassadors

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 Abstinence Ambassadors will assist Deputies and USPIE in teaching the Think Truth Today SRA education curriculum to approximately 1,000 high-risk youth served through four partnering sheriff's departments. 

Serving Families

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Additionally, 500 parents and families of high-risk youth served by Richland County Department, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Sheriff's Office, and Fairfield County Sheriff's Office will receive training through existing programs to support youth to delay sexual activity.