Welcome to OurTown4Teens where you can find the resources you need to help reduce teen pregnancy in your community.

OurTown4Teens is created by the Texas Department of State Health Services Abstinence Education Program to provide guidance for communities that want to reduce teen pregnancy and delay initiation of sexual activity. We can help you get started.


All services below are provided at no charge by the DSHS Abstinence Education Program. Contact us about services

Grants for Abstinence Education

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on behalf of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Abstinence Education Services announces the expected availability of Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 HHS-2010-ACF-ACYF-AEGP-0123 funding to support abstinence education activities in Texas. The Program provides local entities with funding for additional tools to lower the rates of out-of-wedlock, teen pregnancy. All programs must ensure that abstinence from sexual activity is an expected outcome. Programs used must have demonstrated effectiveness in delaying the initiation of sexual activity and/or reducing recent sexual activity or teen pregnancy.

The posting can be viewed at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=119653. Please check the ESBD website regularly for further information and updates.

Curricula Opportunities

DSHS provides abstinence education curriculum training and materials for Texas schools through a Memorandum of Understanding process. Curricula must be recommended by your school health advisory council and approved by your school’s board of trustees. 

Training and Presentations

Contact DSHS for your next teacher or program staff training, school health advisory council meeting, or board of trustees meeting. Requested training and presentations include:

  • Trauma informed sex education
  • Cultural competency
  • Evidence–based programs 
  • Avoiding risky behaviors
  • Incorporating service learning projects
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Teen pregnancy impacts
  • Texas law for sex education in schools
  • Referral and abuse reporting procedures


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