MOAPPP's February 2004 E-Monthly

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Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting, a nonprofit organization, is composed of individuals and organizations in Minnesota that work to strengthen policies and programs related to adolescent pregnancy prevention, adolescent pregnancy care and adolescent parenting.

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"This is My Reality- The Price of Sex: An Inside Look at Black Urban Youth Sexuality"

This new study reports that many low-income black urban youth view sex as "little more than a transaction," and mainstream media messages about sex, love and relationships have "little impact" on the sexual behaviors of urban youth. The report was released by Motivational Educational Entertainment Productions in partnership with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. A video documentary accompanying the report includes excerpts from the study focus groups and interviews with 10 experts on sexuality, the media and public health. See: www.teenpregnancy.org

New Resources on Parent-Child Connectedness

Parent-Child Connectedness is an important protective factor for many adolescent health outcomes including pregnancy and STD/HIV prevention. ETR Associates took an in-depth look at parent-child connectedness to better understand how it is established, how it works as a protective factor and how it can be strengthened. Resources that summarize their findings can be found at www.etr.org/recapp through the "new content this month" scroll bar. There will be an on-line forum to address parent-child connectedness on February 2, 7:00am to 4:30pm Pacific Time. To register for this forum, visit ReCAPP's homepage at www.etr.org/recapp and click on the forum button on the right-hand side of the screen.

The Longer Teens Delay Sex in First Relationship, the More Likely They are to Use Contraceptives

U.S. teenagers have a high rate of unintended pregnancy, in part because many do not use contraceptives or use them inconsistently. However, according to "Patterns of Contraceptive Use Within Teenagers' First Sexual Relationships," by Jennifer Manlove et al. of Child Trends, national data from the Adolescent Health survey shows that the longer teenagers delay sexual intercourse in their first relationship, the more likely they are to use contraceptives consistently throughout that relationship. See: www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3524603.pdf

Report Details Impact of Childcare Budget Cuts

The Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota has produced a study on the impact of last year's 86 million dollar childcare funding cuts. According to Minh Ta, CDF's Policy Director, the report reveals that Minnesota is now below Mississippi in terms of generosity for providing childcare assistance, more families are returning to welfare, because they cannot afford childcare, and, for the families that are still eligible, they're struggling to pay the new hyped-up childcare co-payments. Lastly, childcare providers are closing across the state. Go to www.cdf-mn.org for the full report.

Report on U.S. Public's Views on Sex Education in Public Schools

National Public Radio, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government recently released a survey that examines the U.S. public's views on sex education in public schools. The project reviews whether U.S. residents think sex education should be taught in school, as well as what kind of sex education should be taught and surveys middle, junior high and high school principals on what their schools are teaching students in sex education courses. To view a copy of the survey: www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/pomr012904oth.cfm

MOAPPP Executive Director

MOAPPP's Executive Director, Nancy Nelson, is retiring in June 2004. The MOAPPP Search Committee is actively seeking candidates to provide leadership to this organization. Qualifications for the position include demonstrated knowledge of issues; experience in administration, financial management, and fundraising; and communications and advocacy skills. For a complete job description, see MOAPPP.org. MOAPPP's compensation package is competitive in salary, health and other benefits. To apply, send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: MOAPPP Search Committee, 1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 111, St. Paul, MN 55104. Email applications will be accepted: moappp@moappp.org. Application deadline: March 5, 2004.

Call for MOAPPP Award Nominations

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 nancy@moappp.orgor via fax at 651-644-1417 by April 9, 2004.

Looking for MSERRP Panel Members

The Minnesota Sexuality Education Resource Review Panel (MSERRP) reviews and recommends sexuality education and HIV/AIDS curricula and resources for use in schools and communities in Minnesota. The panel consists of approximately forty individuals, representing a broad range of expertise in sexuality and HIV/AIDS education. Though panel members represent a diversity of community-based and statewide organizations, each supports comprehensive sexuality education as the most effective approach to educating youth and families about healthy sexuality and HIV prevention. MSERRP is currently seeking new members. If you are interested in learning more about MSERRP or in receiving an application, please contact Marilyn Colby Rivkin at 651-644-1447 ext. 15 or marilyn@moappp.org.

Sallie Mae Fund Scholarships

In 2004, the Sallie Mae Fund,a charitable organization sponsored by student loan company Sallie Mae, will award more than $2.5 million in scholarships to help enroll students in college through its community-based initiative, Project Access. The fund seeks to help increase access to higher education for a diverse generation of Americans through its support of the following scholarship programs for ethnic minority and underserved students. For a complete listing of 2004 scholarship guidelines, criteria, and application procedures, visit the Sallie Mae Fund Web Site.

Upcoming Events

February 26, Amigas en Salud: Global Partners from Minnesota to Mexico

Planned Parenthood of MN/SD Global Partners and the Center on Women and Public Policy of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs present a discussion on the successful efforts of the international family planning Neza clinic, La Fundacion Mexicana para la Planeacion Familiar (Mexfam) to overcome social and cultural taboos regarding sexuality. Keynote address by Jan Malcolm, former Commissioner of Health. 6:00-8:30 PM. Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Please RSVP to Nicole Courneya, or 651-696-5520.

March 2nd, Healthy Generations Videoconference: Children's Environmental Health

1:00-3:00 PM. Presenters will provide background information on children's environmental health, discuss, information on the interaction between the environment, exposure, and biology, share information on environmental justice and related policy issues, and discuss the City of Plymouth's program to keep children safe from household hazardous wastes. Time will be available after the presentations for questions and discussion. To register for the videoconference or to receive a copy of the newsletter, please contact Jan Pearson at Provide your name, mailing address and site you plan to attend. Available sites include: Alexandria, Brainerd, Crookston, Duluth, Mankato, Minneapolis, Montevideo, Owatonna, St. Cloud, Saint Paul, Willmar, and Worthington.

March 22, Parent Educator Forum with Deborah Roffman

MOAPPP hosts a forum directed at professionals who work with parents. This is an opportunity to explore effective strategies for promoting parents and caregivers as primary sexuality educators of their children. Nationally known author and family life educator Deborah Roffman will lead the workshop, sharing insight and enthusiasm from her experience working in the classroom and with parents. For more information contact Lisa Turnham, 651-644-1447 x18, or lisat@moappp.org.

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. This two-day event brings together educators, service providers, youth workers, religious and civic leaders, public health professionals, and all others committed to teen pregnancy prevention and support for pregnant and parenting teens. It offers three keynote speakers, 35 interactive workshops and ample opportunities for networking and collaboration. Registration materials will be sent at the end of the month. For more information, contact marilyn@moappp.org.

May 13, MOAPPP 2004 Fundraising Event

Please mark your calendars for the MOAPPP 2004 Fundraising Event to be held on Thursday, May 13th, 6 to 9 PM. We will be at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant and our featured entertainment will be Nachito Herrera. Nachito Herrera is described as a "dazzling pianist" - his music is Cuban/Latin jazz. Benefit details will be coming soon.

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