Freedom 180 was established in 2001 and is currently funded by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Family Health Services, Bureau of Family and Community Health Abstinence Education Program grant. Our abstinence project consists of the Project Staff, Students (ages 12-19), and community Volunteers.
Our mission is to promote and teach the Healthy Choices message to the youth of Bay County. We, as a team, agree that abstinence from harmful decisions is more than a choice…it’s freedom.
Each individual has the power to make or maintain the "180" (healthy choices commitment) in their life. Freedom 180 understands the importance of delaying sexual activity until marriage.
We are determined to spread this message through current information and groundbreaking activities, thereby reducing teen pregnancy and the transmission of STD’s; assisting the state of Florida in improving the health of children and youth in Bay County. We aim to educate the public on health issues as they relate to improving the health and emotional well being of our community. By doing so, we act as an advocate for positive and innovative reform.
Freedom 180 supports and teaches the Federal Definition of Abstinence Education.
- Has as it’s exclusive purpose, teaching the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity.
- Teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school-page children
- Teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of—wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems.
- Teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity.
- Teaches that sexual activity outside the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects.
- Teaches that bearing children out of wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child’s parents and society.
- Teaches young people how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances and;
- Teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.
Florida Department of Health in Bay County