MOAPPP's November 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 and parenting.

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New resources available from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Not Yet: Programs to Delay First Sex Among Teens: describes programs that have been proven, through rigorous evaluation, to postpone sexual activity among participants. Two New Science Says briefs: Another Chance and The Relationship Between Teenage Motherhood and Marriage. All publications are available for download and purchase on the National Campaign website

Report Synthesizes Research on Teen Mothers and Marriage

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, in collaboration with Child Trends, recently released The Relationship Between Teenage Motherhood and Marriage (PDF), a research brief developed and written by Child Trends' researchers Suzanne Ryan, Jennifer Manlove, and Kristin A. Moore. The brief explores trends in teenage motherhood and marriage, contrasts teen mothers' marital hopes with the realities of their marriage chances, and looks at the consequences for teen mothers of remaining unmarried. The brief is a part of the National Campaign's Science Says series.

New book on adolescent health, sex, and pregnancy prevention — Reality Check: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Strategies That Work

The book is a compilation of essays written by the country's leading experts It highlights several innovative approaches to issues such as sex education, access to contraception, youth development, policy implications, and male responsibility. For more information, visit the Get Real About Teen Pregnancy website.

Recipes for Success: Fresh Ideas for Teen Parenting Programs

The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina (APPCNC) produced this publication in response to growing requests from professionals seeking new ideas to help them provide services for expectant and parenting teens. This guidebook includes strategies found effective by other providers, as well as articles by experts in the field. For a copy of the book visit the APPCNC website.

Improving the Health of Adolescents & Young Adults: A Guide for States and Communities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have released Improving the Health of Adolescents & Young Adults: A Guide for States and Communities. The Guide is a companion to Healthy People 2010. The Guide was developed by CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health and HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Office of Adolescent Health, in collaboration with the National Adolescent Health Information Center (University of California, San Francisco). Printed versions or CD-ROMs of Improving the Health of Adolescents & Young Adults: A Guide for States and Communities can be ordered free of charge at the NIIAH site. The complete text of the Guide is available online for reading, and for downloading and printing.

Introducing the Healthy Youth Development Prevention Research Center

The University of Minnesota's Prevention Research Center - formerly known as the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center - was recently awarded a 5-year renewal of their grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The name change coincides with this funding renewal and reflects a broadening of the scope of research that the center conducts. Promoting youth development as a powerful strategy for reducing health disparities among Minnesota's youth is the core of the center's mission. Contact Lynn Bretl at 612-730-9029 or for more information.

James Wagoner of Advocates for Youth Visits Minnesota

Willmar, Saint Paul and Minnesota Public Radio all played host to James Wagoner, President of Advocates for Youth, who visited Minnesota in October to speak about the importance of relying on science in comprehensive sexual health education and prevention of HIV, STDs and unintended pregnancy - and how ideology has been getting in the way of sound scientific approaches to public health. The Willmar forum on October 18 was attended by local HIV advocates, teen pregnancy prevention advocates, as well as local health care and educational leaders and discussed the importance of making sure kids get accurate and complete information about sexuality that is based on what we know works. On Tuesday, October 19, Wagoner also participated in a debate on MPR's Mid-Morning show, along with a representative of the conservative Heritage Foundation. Wagoner soundly countered the arguments presented for abstinence-only education; pointing out the flaws and lack of credible evidence in such approaches while advocating for comprehensive sex ed. That evening, Wagoner spoke to a large group at Macalester College about current efforts by the federal government to replace science with ideology in public health and how organizations fighting those efforts are coming under attack.

Find out how your legislators voted — Children's Defense Fund Minnesota 2003-2004 Legislative Scorecard

Each year the Children's Defense Fund Action Council reports on how state legislators voted on key issues affecting children and families over the last two years. This scorecard includes votes cast by lawmakers during the 83rd State Legislative Biennial Session covering 2003 and 2004. You can view the scorecard online (PDF).

Upcoming Events

November 7, 2004
AFFIRM: What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs... A Firm Foundation

November 11 & 12, 2004
The Talk: An Intercourse on Coming of Age

November 19, 2004
GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY 101: Getting Ready for 2005

December 6 & 7, 2004
Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) Conferencet

January 19-20, 2005
Minnesota Fatherhood & Family Services Summit

November 7, 2004
AFFIRM: What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs... A Firm Foundation

1:00-4:30 p.m
Sabes Jewish Community Center
4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park.

Come for an afternoon of fun, food and good information. The program includes a performance of "Goddess Menses and the Menstrual Show" by the Youth Performance Company followed by interactive workshops and age-appropriate discussion groups on maintaining a healthy self image, staying safe, building friendships, managing money and setting goals. Bring your daughter, mentee, friend, girl's group, or class to this great event. For registration information call or email NCJW: 952-922-7900 () or email

November 11 & 12, 2004
The Talk: An Intercourse on Coming of Age

North Commons Park

Hormones are raging, moods are jumping and brain cells are stressed. Can you remember the big changes of puberty? Then let's talk about it! This original, teen driven work is the voice of the teen…amplified and lifted from the murmur of these turbulent and wonderful years! Founded in 1989, the Youth Performance Company is dedicated to igniting and fueling the artistic spirit of youth by developing, empowering and advancing young artists. For more information and tickets, contact Ryan North, Youth Performance Company, 612-623-9180,

November 19, 2004
GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY 101: Getting Ready for 2005

9:30am - 12:00 noon
Home Federal Building, Room 224
1016 Civic Center Drive NW
Rochester, MN

Affirmative Options, an active statewide coalition advocating for families moving from welfare to work, invites you and your colleagues to attend "Grassroots Advocacy 101." This is an interactive workshop that prepares service providers and citizens to engage in advocacy on issues impacting low-income Minnesota families. The workshop is open to staff, board members, volunteers, program participants, and others interested in working together to impact public policies. Olmsted Community Action Program, a member of Affirmative Options, is a cosponsor of the event. For more information and to register contact: Michelle Dibblee, Membership and Outreach Coordinator, Affirmative Options 651-642-1904 x231

December 6 & 7, 2004
Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) Conference

Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center, MN

The theme: Looking Back, Moving Forward: Continuing Our Investment in the Health of Minnesota's Populations of Color and American Indians celebrates the work funded by the 2001 Minnesota Legislature with the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI).

The Office of Minority and Multicultural Health is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the December 6 & 7, 2004 EHDI Results Conference. The fee for the 2-day conference is just $75, using this form (PDF) and the registration deadline is November 22, 2004.

January 19-20, 2005
Minnesota Fatherhood & Family Services Summit

St. Cloud Civic Center
St. Cloud, MN

Registration is now open! We are now accepting registrations from attendees and exhibitors. The day-and-a-half long conference, scheduled at the St. Cloud Civic Center, will provide opportunities for fatherhood practitioners, family services workers, educators, and government employees to re-energize and re-connect in a father-focused learning environment. Details are available online, or call (612) 787-4091.

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