MOAPPP's April 2004 E-Monthly

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Annual Award Nominations Due April 9th

Each year, MOAPPP honors individuals, agencies, policy makers and programs that make outstanding contributions in the areas of adolescent pregnancy prevention and parenting in Minnesota. The awards are presented at the MOAPPP annual conference on May 7, 2004. MOAPPP currently seeks nominations for the award recipients. Please let us know about individuals, agencies, and programs you work with that deserve to be recognized by their peers. With your help, we can honor the remarkable efforts going on throughout the state. Please go to the MOAPPP website for a full description of the awards and the categories in which they are distributed, as well as a nomination form. Please send nominations to Nancy Nelson at or via fax at 651-644-1447 by April 9, 2004.

What are your plans for May Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month 2004?

May is fast approaching and with that comes another year to recognize Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month. The focus of this month is to increase public awareness of teenage pregnancy. We need to stay focused on what works to support adolescent health and May is an opportunity to promote these efforts. Remember, be creative, promote what works, involve youth, and have fun! MOAPPP can help you plan your May events with information, resources and ideas on our website or contact us for assistance at

What's Happening at the Legislature

Legislation that Affects Adolescent Sexual Health

  • Comprehensive Family Life and Sexuality Education Bill (SF 2443/HF 2546)

  • Comprehensive Initiative to Prevent Abortion and Unintended Pregnancy Bill (SF 1665/HF 2731).

  • Abstinence-only-until-marriage Curriculum Requirement Bill (HF 580)

  • Bill to Repeal Minors' Consent Law (HF 352/SF 570)

  • Bill to Reinstate Physical Education and Health Education (SF 1882/HF 2209)

Legislation that Affects Adolescent Parents

  • Bill to Modify Child Care Assistance Eligibility--"Mississippi Bill" (HF 2329/SF 2329)

  • Child Care Restoration Bill (HF 2327/SF 2496)

  • Child Care Rate Modification Bill (HF 2241)

  • Bill to Repeal of the Family Cap (SF 2615)

Sexuality Education for Life Coalition E-Alerts

  • To receive updates on comprehensive sexuality education and confidential health care for minors during the legislative session, sign up for the Sexuality Education for Life Coalition E-Alerts at

Contact your State Representative and Senator

  • You can find your state elected officials at District Finder.
  • You may also find your legislator by calling House Information at (651) 296-2146 or (800) 657-3550, and Senate Information at (651) 296-0504 or (800) 234-1112.

Faith Matters: How African-American Faith Communities Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy

To highlight the strong connection between faith and preventing teen pregnancy, the National Campaign and the National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses have developed a new guide, Faith Matters: How African-American Faith Communities Can Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy. To download a free copy, go to To order a print copy, go to

New Research Briefs "Science Says"

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is pleased to announce the release of the latest Science Says research briefs prepared under the auspices of our CDC-funded project, Putting What Works to Work: American Opinion on Teen Pregnancy and Related Issues 2003, Parental Influence and Teen Pregnancy, No Time to Waste, programs for middle-school aged youth and A Good Time School Programs to Reduce Teen Pregnancy. Now available to download from the Campaign's website, The new Science Says research briefs are available to download by clicking on the following links:

American Opinion

Parental Influence

No Time to Waste

A Good Time

Teenagers Who Take 'Virginity Pledges,' Other Teens Have Similar STD Rates, Study Says.

Teenagers who make "virginity pledges" to abstain from sexual intercourse until marriage have similar rates of sexually transmitted diseases as teens who have not committed to remain abstinent, according to a study presented on Tuesday at the 2004 National STD Prevention Conference in Philadelphia. See full report:

2004 KIDS COUNT Data book

CDF Minnesota is now accepting advance orders for the 2004 KIDS COUNT Data book, Minnesota Kids: A Closer Look. This annual publication provides an overview for eleven indicators of child health and well-being. It looks at trends over time and compares regions and counties throughout the state. On April 13 it will be available on the CDF website: Print copies can be ordered on the website

Upcoming Events

April 8, Spanish Language Parenting Resource Release

April 13, Minnesota Child Abuse Prevention Conference

April 15, Spanish Language Parenting Resource Release

April 15 and 16, Minnesota Conference on Adolescent Females

April 15, 22, 23, 26, HIV and Sexuality Education Curricula Preview Sessions

April 19 and 20, Showing our True Colors

May 5, National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

May 6-7, MOAPPP Annual Conference

May 13, MOAPPP Spring Fundraiser with Nachito Herrera

April 8th or April 15th, Spanish Language Parenting Resource Release

"ENTRE PADRES: Juntos en la crianza de nuestros adolescents" is a 16 page Spanish language parenting resource packed with strategies for raising teens. 100 copies will be provided free of charge to each agency. (April 8th, 2:30 - 4 PM, Dakota County Government Center, West St. Paul.) (April 15th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, East Lake Library, Minneapolis.)

April 13, Minnesota Child Abuse Prevention Conference

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. For more information, contact Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, 651-523-0099, 800-621-6322.

April 15 and 16, Minnesota Conference on Adolescent Females

The 14th Annual Minnesota Conference on Adolescent Females is designed to reach professionals committed to the belief that young women have the right to services and support that best fit their needs and nurture their potential. For more information go to:

April 15, 22, 23, 26, HIV and Sexuality Education Curricula Preview Sessions

Learn about what the research says, get hands-on time with each of 5 curricula, and discuss what works best in classrooms. April 15 in Roseville, April 22 in Mankato, April 23 in Alexandria, April 26 in Detroit Lakes. Click here for more information.

April 19 and 20, Showing our true colors: In the spirit of creating justice & safety for all victims.

This two day forum will focus on the needs of victims of sexual assault from communities of color within a multidisciplinary setting. Shoreview Community Center. Cost $60. Contact , 651-643-3010.

May 5th, National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

On the National Day, teens nationwide are asked to take a short, online quiz that asks them to reflect on the best course of action in a number of tough sexual situations. Find out more at

May 6-7, MOAPPP Annual Conference

MOAPPP's 13th annual conference, "Building Hope: Building Lives" will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. To find out more, go to the conference page of the MOAPPP website.

May 13th, MOAPPP Fundraiser with Nachito Herrera

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Join MOAPPP for an evening of HOT music with Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera at the Dakota Jazz Club! Look for your invitation in the mail soon or go on-line to purchase your tickets. There will be limited seating so don't delay! Questions? Call Lisa Weisman at 651-644-1447 ex.16.

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