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February 10, 2005
Girl Culture Gallery Event for Friends of MOAPPP

February 10 & 17
Working with GLBTQ Youth: Self-Reflection and Action

February 14, 2005 (CANCELLED!)
Sexuality Education for Life-MN Coalition Day at the Capitol

February 24, 2005
Lauren Greenfield Girl Culture Lecture/Book Signing

May 5-6, 2005
MOAPPP Annual Conference

Other Events

January 15 - March 27, 2005
Girl Culture photography exhibition by Lauren Greenfield

February 4, 2005
Drug Training/Update

February 8, 15, 24 and March 1, 2005
The TALK: An Intercourse on Coming of Age

February 21, 2005
Girls Rock! The Capitol 2005

March 25, 2005
¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina!

April 11-12, 2005
2005 MN Conference on Adolescent Females

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Provisions to be reviewed during 2002 Congress

During the 2002 Congressional Session, the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (welfare reform) will be reauthorized. This includes the abstinence-until-marriage funding. The reauthorization debates will provide an opportunity for reframing the provisions to better meet the goals of welfare reform, including "preventing and reducing the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies." Since 80% of teen births are non-marital and families that started with a teen birth account for more than half of Minnesota's welfare recipients, teen pregnancy prevention is a key strategy in preventing future welfare dependency.

We know what works:

The key provision for teen pregnancy prevention in the 1996 welfare reform act included funding for abstinence-until-marriage education, an unproven strategy. As of fiscal year 2002, at least $533 million will have been earmarked in federal and state funding for abstinence-until-marriage education (teaches that sexual activity outside the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects and only provides information about the failure rates of contraceptives). According to the Minnesota Sexuality Education Survey, a majority of Minnesota adults do not support funding for abstinence-until-marriage programs.

In testimony before the House Committee on Ways and Means on November 15, 2001, Sarah Brown, Director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, stated that Congress should consider the following in the reauthorization of welfare reform, "As a general matter, states and communities need:

Consistent with the devolution philosophy underlying the rest of welfare reform, family and community values, rather than federal mandates, should prevail, especially on such sensitive issues as teen sexuality."

Reauthorization of TANF provides an opportunity to line up policy with what research shows works in preventing teen pregnancy and ultimately, preventing future welfare dependency.

For more information about reauthorization issues, refer to: