MOAPPP September 2007 E-Monthly

October is Let’s Talk Month

MOAPPP September 2007 E-MonthlyLet’s Talk Month is a community campaign that supports parents in their efforts to talk to their children openly and honestly about sexuality and relationships. Let’s Talk Month is an excellent opportunity for you to involve parents in your sexual health education work with youth. What will your agency do to promote LTM’s key message that parents must be their children’s primary sexual health educators? We invite you to become a LTM partner. For more information about what it means to be a LTM partner, about what other agencies are doing across the state, and to sign up, visit the LTM section of MOAPPP’s website or contact Jocelyn at 651-644-1447 x19 or [email protected].

Two MOAPPP-Sponsored Let’s Talk Month Events Scheduled for October

For Parents
October 4, 2007
7:00 p.m.
How Do I Talk To My Kids About the Birds and the Bees?
Ridgedale Library
Co-sponsored by Hennepin County Library and Planned Parenthood

For Professionals
October 5, 2007
It’s Not the Kids! It’s Us! Whose Responsibility Is It to Educate Our Kids and Teens About Sexual Health?
11 a.m.

For more information and to register, please visit the MOAPPP Event Calendar.

NEW! Join the MOAPPP Advocacy Network!

Join the MOAPPP Advocacy Network to stay connected to policy and funding issues related to youth development programs, adolescent sexual health and support for adolescent parents and their children. You will join a growing number of concerned citizens, and will receive e-mail alerts when it is important for you to take action.

Call for Presentations – MOAPPP’s 17th Annual Conference, May 1-2, 2008

MOAPPP’s annual conference brings together more than 400 health and social service providers, educators, advocates and managers who work to prevent adolescent pregnancy and support pregnant and parenting adolescents. We invite you to submit a workshop proposal for this year’s conference. Go to the conference page of the MOAPPP website for more information.

Workplace Giving Campaigns and MOAPPP

Do you participate in a giving campaign at your workplace that operates in partnership with one of the following “charitable federations?”

Minnesota State Employees’ Combined Charities Campaign
Community Health Charities Minnesota
Community Shares of Minnesota
United Way Affiliates (Greater Twin Cities; Becker County; Carlton County; Caring Rivers; Crow Wing; Faribault, Hastings; Heart of the Lakes; Hibbing; Morrison County; New Ulm; Northeast Minnesota; Olmsted County; Red Wing; St. Croix)

If yes, did you know you can designate a specific charity of your choice? Please consider designating MOAPPP this year! Contact the charitable federation your workplace uses and ask how you can “designate” MOAPPP. Contact Lisa at [email protected] or 651-644-1447 x16.

Macy’s Shop For A Cause (MOAPPP) Day! – October 13, 2007

Purchase a shopping pass for $5 from MOAPPP to Macy’s Shop For A Cause Day on Saturday, October 13. Your pass will make you eligible to receive savings of 10-20% off of most of your Macy’s purchases all day. MOAPPP keeps 100% of the proceeds from the shopping passes it sells. This is a great opportunity to support MOAPPP while getting a jumpstart on your holiday shopping at great discounts. For more information, see the event flyer (PDF) and shopping pass donation form (PDF). For questions, contact Lisa at [email protected] or 651-644-1447 x16.

Other Announcements

For Youth – Join Minnesota Teens for AIDS Prevention (MN-TAP)

The Minnesota AIDS Project is looking for interested youth, ages 13-18, to apply to become a MN-TAP member for the ’07-08 school year. MN-TAP members work with fellow teens to influence their awareness and knowledge about policies affecting adolescent sexual health, and to engage them as community leaders. For more information about how you can become involved, please contact Kate Nelson at [email protected] or 612-373-9162. Additional information is available from the event flyer (PDF)

Call for Promising Practices: Programs and Services for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Healthy Teen Network, a national organization focused on adolescent health and well-being with an emphasis on teen pregnancy prevention, teen pregnancy and teen parenting, is currently developing a new resource – Working with Young Families: A Compendium of Promising Practices. You are invited to submit descriptions of your organization’s program/services for possible inclusion. To submit information, click here, or contact Gina Desiderio at [email protected] or 202-547-8814. If you have questions about whether or not to provide information about your program, contact Marilyn Colby Rivkin at [email protected] or 651-644-1447 x15. The deadline for submissions is January 18, 2008.

In the News

Campaign Launched to Educate Parents and Health Professionals about New Pre-Adolescent Vaccine Recommendations, Including HPV Vaccine

The 2007 Pre-Teen Vaccine Campaign was recently launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase awareness among parents and health professionals of three new vaccine recommendations for 11 and 12-year-olds. The campaign provides educational materials (including posters and flyers in English and in Spanish) about vaccines to protect children from meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and cervical cancer, includes outreach to mainstream and ethnic media, and information on the creation of partnerships with national and state organizations that reach parents and health professionals. More information about the 2007 campaign is available at

Despite Gains, Most Vulnerable Populations Still Face Barriers to Access EC

It’s been one year since the Food and Drug Administration decision to allow over-the-counter sales of Plan B emergency contraception to consumers 18 and older, however equal access for many women remains elusive. (Press Release, Pharmacy Access Partnership, (PDF) 8/21/2007).

New Health Communication Program Addresses Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

One Test. Two Lives, a new health communications program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helps health care professionals, obstetricians and nurse-midwives ensure that all of their patients have the opportunity to learn their HIV status as a routine part of prenatal care and to protect their newborns from HIV infection. This campaign builds on the significant progress to date in reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission, and gives providers new tools to further reduce the number of infants born with HIV. For more information, please visit

Lack of Sex Education in U.S. Increases Vulnerability to Sexual Assault and STIs

At a recent Community Health Centers of Arkansas summit on health care, former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders said the lack of sex education in the nation is “deafening” and makes children vulnerable to sexual assault and sexually transmitted infections. For more information, visit

South Carolina Supplemental Abstinence-Only Education Program Made No Difference in Preventing, Delaying Sex, Study Says

A South Carolina supplemental abstinence-only sex education program made no difference in the sexual behavior of teenagers. The study, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research for the Department of Health and Human Services, was conducted to examine the effects of a supplemental abstinence program rather than a full abstinence program. For more information, visit The full report study is also available online.

Abstinence-Only Sex Education Programs Not Effective at Preventing Spread of HIV in High-Income Countries

A recent study conducted at the University of Oxford found that abstinence-only programs had no significant effect in either decreasing or increasing risky behavior when compared with control groups. For more details about the study results, visit The study abstract is available online.

New Study Examines Racial and Gender Differences in Adolescent Sexual Attitudes

An important strategy in reducing the risk of negative adolescent health outcomes is delaying sexual debut. While race and gender are known to be related to sexual behavior and outcomes, little is known about how these characteristics affect sexual attitudes. The authors of the current study sought to examine the differences in coital and pregnancy attitudes by gender and race, the influence of attitudes on transition to first coitus for each subgroup, and implications for prevention. For more information, please visit

New Resources and Research


Defining Virginity and Abstinence

This study examined adolescent conceptualizations of virginity and abstinence and whether differences in adolescent definitions of these terms differed by age, gender, ethnicity and sexual experience. Defining Virginity and Abstinence: Adolescents’ Interpretations of Sexual Behaviors.

Research Indicates Young Men Should Also Get HPV Vaccine

Young men should be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus in a bid to protect them from rising rates of oropharyngeal cancers, say researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Please visit for more information.

Teen Motherhood Increases Risk of Poor Birth Outcomes Independent of Other Factors

This study found that teenage pregnancy increases the risk of adverse birth outcomes that are independent of important known confounders. This finding challenges the accepted opinion that adverse birth outcomes associated with teenage pregnancy are attributable to low socioeconomic status, inadequate prenatal care and inadequate weight gain during pregnancy. You can read the full article here. (PDF)

The Effectiveness of Universal School-Based Programs for the Prevention of Violent and Aggressive Behavior

According to this study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, universal school-based programs to reduce or prevent violent behavior are proven to decrease rates of violence and aggressive behavior among school-aged children.

Fact Sheets

Advocates for Youth Fact Sheet: The Impact of Homophobia and Racism on GLBTQ Youth of Color

A new fact sheet from Advocates for Youth highlights difficulties that youth of color face from racism, harrassment and poor sexual health education. Read the fact sheet at

The HPV Vaccine: Background, Coverage and Benefits

This fact sheet presents selected information for state public health leaders and others on the risk imposed by genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and the vaccine manufactured to protect against it. To view the fact sheet, visit (PDF)


Parents and Youth Living with HIV Speak Out on Sex Education

The AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families recently released a report called In a Position to Know: Parents and Youth Living with HIV Speak Out on Sexuality Education. The executive summary is available from AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families (PDF).

Youth Risk Taking Behavior: The Role of Schools

This report from the University of California addresses youth risk-taking, asserting that it is not always harmful and, in many cases, is a normal part of adolescents’ growth into adulthood. While aimed at schools, this resource is a good read for anyone working with youth who wants to understand youth risk-taking behavior. To read the report, visit (PDF)

Preparing Staff to Work with Immigrant Youth

The National Youth Development Information Center published this report to describe their understanding of the immigrant youth experience, as well as practical tips for hiring, developing and retaining staff to work with this population. For more information, visit


Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe Brochures

Healthy Teen Network has partnered with the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law to create the Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe series of brochures. These brochures offer guidance to health care providers, teens and parents of teens about ways they can deliver, receive and support adolescents’ access to confidential contraceptive services.



In cooperation with Dads & Daughters, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America has launched its “Time to Talk” campaign to help parents talk frequently with their children–an essential strategy to keep them healthy and drug-free. Go to for resources, newsletters and more.

Other Resources

MCH Library Expands Availability and Access to Historical Documents

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library website now includes over 300 historical documents published by the U.S. Children’s Bureau between 1912 and 1969, the earliest years of the federal agency. Many of the documents are being made available online for the first time. Selected topics include child health, infant mortality, child labor and public health services for mothers and children, including children with physical and cognitive disabilities. The collection is available at

Adolescent Preventive Health Watch

Adolescent Preventive Health Watch is an electronic resource produced by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) that provides an overview of activities related to adolescent reproductive health that have taken place over the last year. The tool presents a rationale for an adolescent reproductive health focus and includes selected information and resources categorized in five sections: AMCHP’s adolescent health work; national and state performance measures related to adolescent reproductive health; success stories from state agencies; research about adolescent reproductive health; and new resources for state agencies working on adolescent reproductive health. This resource is available at


September 20, 2007
Sex Ed and the State

5:30 p.m.
Riverview Theater
3800 South 42nd Avenue, Minneapolis

When a bill is supported by strong research, a Surgeon General’s report and an overwhelming majority of Americans – what happens when it’s introduced in the Minnesota state legislature? “Sex Ed and the State” is a documentary about comprehensive sexuality education in public schools. Minnesota lawmakers give interviews, along with advocates, opponents, educators and other stakeholders in the debate over the best strategy to fight adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The event is free and open to the public. The film is directed and produced by Jim Winkle. To view a film clip and to obtain more information, visit This showing is co-sponsored in part by MOAPPP and the Sexuality Education for Life Coalition.

September 26, 2007
Clarifying the Message: Advocating for Change

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Free Event sponsored by the Sexuality Education for Life Coalition

Building public and political will for responsible sexuality education is a key strategy for supporting the health of adolescents in Minnesota. Attend this Sexuality Education for Life workshop to learn how what we say makes a difference. Learn more about how to frame the needs of adolescents in our communities in a way that promotes science based public policies. To RSVP for this event, please respond to Amy Kodet, MOAPPP Policy Intern at [email protected] or 651-644-1447 x17 and see the registration flyer. (PDF) To learn more about the Coalition and to become a member, visit

October 4, 2007
How do I TALK to my kids about the BIRDS and the BEES?

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Ridgedale Hennepin County Library
12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka
Free Admission

MOAPPP September 2007 E-MonthlyRobie H. Harris, educator and award-winning author of It’s NOT the Stork! It’s So Amazing! and It’s Perfectly Normal, will present age appropriate recommendations on how parents can accurately and comfortably discuss nearly every question about birth, babies, bodies, families and healthy sexuality. For parents of children from toddlers to teens! There will be time for questions and answers and for book signing with the author. Contact [email protected] or 651-644-1447 x19 with questions or see the event flyer. (PDF)

October 5, 2007
It’s NOT the Kids! It’s US! Whose Responsibility is it to Educate Our Kids and Teens about Sexual Health?

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Temple Israel
2324 Emerson Avenue, Minneapolis
Fee: $15, includes lunch

MOAPPP September 2007 E-MonthlyThe “who, what, when, where and why” of sharing sexual health information with our young people continues to be controversial in this country and can wear down even the most committed health educator. Enjoy an informal lunch conversation with award-winning and internationally acclaimed children and teen sexual health book author Robie Harris. Her comments will inspire and renew participants’ energy and commitment to the important work of sexual health education. For more information about this event, see the flyer (PDF) or contact [email protected] or 651-644-1447 x19.

October 13, 2007
Macy’s Shop For A Cause (MOAPPP) Day!

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
All Macy’s Department Stores

Purchase a shopping pass for $5 from MOAPPP to Macy’s Shop For A Cause Day on Saturday, October 13. Your pass will make you eligible to receive savings of 10-20% off of most of your Macy’s purchases all day. MOAPPP keeps 100% of the proceeds from the shopping passes it sells. This is a great opportunity to support MOAPPP while getting a jump-start on your holiday shopping at great discounts. For more information, see the event flyer (PDF) and shopping pass donation form (PDF).

For questions, contact [email protected] or 651-644-1447 x16.

November 7, 2007
Relationships Matters: Promoting Secure Attachment in Young Families

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Center for Families
3333 North 4th Street, Minneapolis
Fee: MOAPPP member $40 / Non-member $75
Includes Lunch

Relationship drives many aspects of infant development, including cognitive, emotional and social development. This interactive workshop offers an introduction to the infant mental health framework – the definition, history and current knowledge about what works – and examines implications for our work with adolescent parents and their children. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Marilyn Colby Rivkin at [email protected] or 651-644-1447 x15.

November 7, 2007
Adolescent Parent Forum and Resource Fair

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Center for Families
3333 North 4th Street, Minneapolis

A free event sponsored by MOAPPP, Minneapolis Teen Parent Connection, Northwest Teen Parent Connection, Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support and Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health.

This forum and resource fair is for anyone who works with teen parents, their families and the programs that serve them. Come for a great opportunity to learn, network and share information. There will be a keynote presentation, “Relationship Matters: A Brief Introduction to Infant Mental Health” by Carol Siegel, PhD and exhibits of a wide variety of adolescent parent programs and resources. For more information or to register as a participant or exhibitor, contact Marilyn Colby Rivkin at [email protected] or 651-644-1447 x15.

November 13-14, 2007
It’s That Easy! The Caring Adult’s Guide to Talking With Kids About Sex and Relationships

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location TBA, Minneapolis
Fee: MOAPPP member $100/ Non-member $150
Includes Lunch

This training is for professionals who work with or have access to parents with children ages birth to 18. It offers tools and techniques to help parents share age-appropriate sexual health information with their children. The training includes topics such as attachment, parent-child connectedness, brain development, how to engage parents in identifying and sharing family values on sexuality and healthy relationships, and the influence of media and popular culture. Participants receive the It’s that easy curriculum and activities/tool box with the expectation that they facilitate the It’s that easy workshops with parents in their community settings. For more information, please see the event flyer (PDF) or contact [email protected], 651-644-1447 x19.

Other Events

September 13, 2007
Quality in Early Child Care & Education: It’s All About Relationships

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Sponsored by the Center for Early Education and Development, the McEvoy lecture series kicks off the year with a focus on relationships: why relationships with adults are essential during early development, implications for children when attachment and interaction is high versus low quality and implications for early childhood professional development programs and public policies. This lecture will be recorded by Twin Cities Public Television and broadcast at several later dates. For more information, visit the CEED website.

September 15, 2007
Beyond Silence II: Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Recovery Month Forum

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association
1130 North 7th Street, Minneapolis

This event will include:

  • Exhibits from local agencies with resources on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) treatment, prevention and other community health initiatives
  • Youth Track for 10-18 year olds: How to Say No to Drugs, peer pressure and prevention education
  • Keynote Address by Ford Kuramoto, Los Angeles/National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA)
  • Remarks by local and federal officials
  • Presentations and forum for discussion, including:
    • Reflections on local substance abuse trends
    • Panel discussion on eliminating access barriers for substance abuse treatment

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please see the event flyer (PDF) or For questions, contact Johnny Chio at 612-376-7715, [email protected].

September 17, 2007
The Teen Brain – A Workshop with Dr. David Walsh

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Paul – Riverfront
11 East Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

“The Teen Brain” examines the changes in the adolescent brain and offers parents and practitioners guidance on how to use this information to understand, communicate with and stay connected to young people. Dr. David Walsh, president and founder of the National Institute on Media and the Family, has emerged as one of the world’s leading authorities on parenting, family life and the impact of media on children and teens. “The Teen Brain” is offered as a stand-alone workshop or as part of the 2007 National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference. For more information, go to Teen Brain Registration.

September 17 – November 12, 2007
Introduction to Infant Mental Health – Online Course

This online course offered by the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), University of Minnesota, is designed for professionals interested in the field of infant mental health and intervention with infants, toddlers and their parents. Readings, video and observational tasks are included to familiarize participants with the foundations of infant mental health and direct work with infants and parents. While not a clinical class, this course attempts to introduce the role and function of the infant mental health specialist and the use of relationship and reflection in work with families. More information is available at

September 18 – 20, 2007
2nd Annual FutureNet and Family Planning Update Conference
Being Well, Staying Well: Sexual Health for All Ages

The Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Ames, IA

FutureNet, Development Systems Inc., the Family Planning Council of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Public Health join together to bring you the 2007 FutureNet/Family Planning Update Joint conference. “Being Well, Staying Well: Sexual Health for All Ages” is this year’s theme as we acknowledge that sexual health for everyone is timeless and ageless. For more information on the conference and to register, visit or contact Joy Esposito at [email protected].

September 25 – November 15, 2007
Fall Fatherhood Seminars: Working with Never-Married Families

Workshop dates and locations:
Marshall, September 25, 2007
Duluth/Proctor, October 2, 2007
Minneapolis, October 16, 2007
Moorhead, October 23, 2007
Bemidji, October 24, 2007
Hutchinson, November 1, 2007
Rochester, November 14, 2007
Saint Cloud, November 15, 2007

Join Minnesota Fathers and Families Network (MFFN) and the University of Minnesota Extension for one of eight sessions across Minnesota titled “Counting and Serving Never-Married Families.” Learn key statistics and recent research about never-married parents; gain a better understanding of the national “fragile families” research, with a focus on fatherhood; learn about themes impacting never-married parents including relationship issues, co-parenting styles, and support for children; share concrete ideas for supporting unmarried parents in local program delivery; and network with other community professionals on topics of fatherhood and family development. Details are available at or by calling MFFN at 651-222-7432.

September 26-29, 2007
National Conference on Reproductive Health

Hilton Hotel, 1001 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis

Reproductive Health 2007 brings together the leading researchers, writers and experts in the field. This year’s conference includes the latest information on contraception, reproductive cancers, infertility, abortion, sexually transmitted infections, sexuality, reproductive genetics and more. For more information and to register, go to

October 2, 2007
Through-u-Families Become MediaWise Professional Training

8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus
1890 Buford Avenue
Fee: $50, includes training, materials, lunch and snacks

The MediaWise program provides training and resources to early childhood providers and family service professionals who in turn educate parents about the power and impact of media (including video games, the Internet and television) in shaping norms, attitudes and behaviors. At this training, you will receive up-to-date research and information about the impact of media on brain development, childhood obesity, school readiness, school performance, bullying, youth violence and other child health and development issues; the newly-revised MediaWise training kit, specially tailored for Early Childhood and training to prepare you to present these materials to other professionals and families. CEUs and nursing contact hours are available. Register online at or call 612-672-5437.

October 4 and 11, 2007
Healthy Sexuality, Healthy Youth

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Merrick East Side Community Center, St. Paul

Sexuality can be one of the most difficult topics for adults to discuss with youth. Yet young people desperately need adults to be comfortable in talking with them openly and honestly about sex and sexuality so that they receive accurate information. Join us as we explore ways in which adults can more effectively partner with youth to help them learn the facts around sexual health. For more information, visit or contact Cece Gran at 612-624-9117, or [email protected].

October 5, 2007
Preconception Care Conference: A Lifespan Approach to Reproductive Health

Minnesota Department of Health
Snelling Office Park, 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul

This conference will present preconception and inter-conception care as a continuum approach to health across the lifespan. The long-term goal of the conference is to achieve comprehensive, integrated health care for all Minnesota women of reproductive age, while the near-term goal is to advance Minnesota’s healthcare system further towards such integrated care. For program and registration information, go to the conference brochure. (PDF)

October 5, 2007
Every Student Connected: Developing a Language of Connection to Engage Students and Families

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington

The future success of students is closely linked to how connected they feel to their school. This workshop will focus on what schools can and must do to maintain respectful communication with students and their families. It will show how schools can communicate with respect by building on student and family strengths. For more information or to register, please see the workshop flyer. (PDF)

October 10-11, 2007
33rd Annual Program Sharing Conference on Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention

St. Cloud Civic Center, St. Cloud

Program Sharing is Minnesota’s premier conference showcasing effective prevention programs, practices and strategies around the issues of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and related violence (ATOD). This conference highlights evidence-based prevention principles in the domains of planning and evaluation, education and skill development, community organization, public and organizational policy and professional growth and responsibility. To register, please visit

October 25-26, 2007
Wise Guys Curriculum Training

Baltimore, MD

Wise Guys is a promising teen pregnancy/STI prevention program focusing on adolescent boys ages 11-17 and young men up to age 29. The curriculum covers topics such as healthy relationships, sexuality, goal setting and violence prevention. This training is for those who wish to implement prevention programs with boys and young men, such as educators, health care workers, mentors, coaches and counselors. Wise Guys is also available in Spanish. For more information, visit

November 8, 2007
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Basics and Beyond Conference

Holiday Inn Saint Paul East
2201 Burns Avenue, St. Paul

This one-day conference highlights current research, successful prevention and intervention strategies, and federal and state policies related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. For more information on keynote speakers, workshops and registration information, go to the conference brochure. (PDF)

November 14-17, 2007
Healthy Teen Network 2007 National Conference
On Their Turf: Creative Ways of Supporting Teens & Young Families

Baltimore, Maryland

Each year, Healthy Teen Network’s conference attracts more than 600 professionals who work on behalf of adolescents and their children to reduce teen pregnancy, promote beneficial decisions regarding sexuality and reproductive issues, ensure healthy pregnancies and support teen parents to raise healthy children. For more information, please visit the 2007 Conference Home page.

January 14 – 15, 2008
Minnesota Fatherhood Summit

Join the Minnesota Fathers & Families Network for their 5th annual winter conference. The conference is geared toward family service professionals, educators, social service workers, public policy makers, and other fatherhood advocates. More details coming in late 2007. Contact MFFN with questions at [email protected] or 651-222-7432.


Funding Opportunities

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Please Note: All deadlines are subject to change. Please verify dates with the funder before submitting a proposal.

Family, Friend and Neighbor Grant Program – The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Community Partnerships Division

The Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) grant program, passed by the 2007 Legislature, has four purposes: to promote children’s healthy development, early literacy and school readiness and to foster community partnerships in carrying out these goals. The legislation promotes community partnerships as a means of strengthening/creating strategic alliances that will result in more resources available to assist FFN providers in their work with children and families. DHS will support partnerships that promote programming that is diverse in approach, and comprehensive in design and delivery. DHS anticipates awarding approximately six to ten grants of varying sizes ranging up to a maximum of $150,000 per grant statewide.

For more information, visit or contact [email protected].
Deadline: September 28, 2007

Evaluation Grant – University of Minnesota Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center

Youth serving agencies and organizations actively engaged in the healthy development of young people in the Twin Cities/Metro Area are eligible for this grant which provides $10,000 in funding and technical assistance to do evaluation-related work.

For more information, visit
Deadline: October 01, 2007

YouthPower Grants – U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Youth Service America

The purpose of this funding is for programs that help youth who are now in, or recently transitioned from, foster care with planning and implementing community service projects addressing themes such as the environment, disaster relief, public health and awareness, community education, hunger, literacy or other community needs. Grants will be made in the amount of $1,000 each.

For more information, visit
Deadline: October 1, 2007

Queer Youth Fund – The Liberty Hill Foundation

The Queer Youth Fund awards grants to innovative and effective leadership development programs or organizing projects that empower GLBTQQ youth to improve societal conditions affecting GLBTQQ youth and which make a long-term difference to their movement. Up to four $100,000 grants, payable over three to five years, will be made to different 501(c)3 organizations (or groups with fiscal sponsors) with specific work that matches the guidelines. Eligible organizations must have a total budget for their youth work of $750,000 or less.

For more information, visit
Deadline: October 2, 2007 for letters of intent

Stride Rite Corporation – Saucony Run For Good

This funding is targeted to programs that encourage active and healthy lifestyles in children 18 years of age and younger. Grants are open to communities and non-profits that initiate and support running and fitness programs for kids. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded by December 14, 2007.

For more information, visit
Deadline: October 8, 2007

Human Reproduction Education Projects – Lalor Foundation, Anna Lalor Burdick Program

The Anna Lalor Burdick Program of the Lalor Foundation is funding projects that educate young women about human reproduction in order to broaden and enhance their options in life. The trustees award a small number of grants in the range of $10,000 to $50,000.

For more information, visit
Deadline: November 15, 2007

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