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Please join us in welcoming Jocelyn Broyles to the MOAPPP staff. Jocelyn's role as Program Coordinator will focus primarily on promoting science-based prevention curricula, on Let's Talk Month and on Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Jocelyn's background with the faith community, and her work with youth, bring another dimension to the MOAPPP staff. You may contact Jocelyn at email@example.com or 651-644-1447 x 19.
MOAPPP convenes the Minnesota Sexuality Education Resource Review Panel (MSERRP) to review and recommend sexuality education and HIV prevention curricula and resources for use in schools and communities. We are seeking new panel members for the coming year who are committed to comprehensive sexuality education and who represent a variety of perspectives and experiences. If you have any questions about the panel or are interested in serving on MSERRP, please contact Jocelyn Broyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-644-1447 x 19 or download the application (PDF). Applications are due January 8, 2007.
Earlier this year, emergency contraception (EC) received approval for over-the-counter sales to women ages 18 and older. While this was a big step forward, more work is needed to ensure that all women and men receive accurate information about--and unrestricted access to--EC. Young people under 18 still face barriers to receiving EC when it is most needed.
Please join Advocates for Youth in taking action. Send a letter to your city or campus newspaper stressing the importance of access to EC for all women and urging health centers and pharmacists to make emergency contraception available in your city and/or on your campus. Visit the Advocates for Youth Take Action Center for more information.
Youth Community Connections and the Minnesota Alliance With Youth are recruiting youth representatives ages 14-18 for their joint Youth Advisory Council. If you, or a youth you know, want to be a voice for young people in Minnesota and have ideas to make your community or the entire state a better place, please apply! Applications are due by Friday, December 15th, 2006 at 5:00pm. Application packets are available online.
- Why Teen Pregnancy Rates Have Declined
- Teen Births Drop in 2005
- Adolescent Violence Prevention Resources
- New Resource on Youth in Foster Care
- HIV/AIDS and Young People
- New Study: Factors That Shape Young People's Sexual Behavior: A Systematic Review
- New Report: Breaking the Promise: The Politics of Domestic HIV Prevention
- Emergency Contraception Now Available in Most U.S. Pharmacies
- New Report: Reducing Unintended Pregnancies through Title X Funds
- New Federal Appointment Raises Concerns
- CDC To Add HPV Vaccine to Subsidized Immunization Program for Children
- Most U.S. Adults Support Comprehensive Sex Education
- Study Examines Young Adolescents Perception of Risks and Benefits of Sex and Condom Use
- Most Government-Funded Abstinence-Until-Marriage Programs Not Reviewed for Scientific Accuracy
- Former Surgeons General Join to Fight STDs
- New Resource: Four HIV/AIDS Prevention Fact Sheets
The December publication of the American Journal of Public Health includes an article that looks at data from the National Survey of Family Growth examining sexual behavior and contraceptive use among girls and women ages 15 to 19. The researchers found a 38% decline in teen pregnancy rates from 1995 through 2002. They attributed 86% of the decline to increased contraception use and 14% to reduced sexual activity. According to the researchers, use of condoms and hormonal contraceptives increased during the study period, and more young people are using more than one contraceptive method. The study's findings call into question the federal government's focus on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, the researchers said. To view an abstract of the study, please go to www.ajph.org.
Preliminary data on births in the United States in 2005 show the birth rate for teens aged 15 to 19 was 40.4 births per 1,000 teenagers, a 35 percent decrease from a peak of 61.8 births per 1,000 in 1991. This is the lowest level ever recorded, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. For more information, please go to www.cdc.gov.
Adolescent Violence Prevention, the new edition of the Maternal Child Health Library Knowledge Path, shares resources that measure, document and monitor adolescent violence; identify risk and protective factors; and report on promising intervention strategies. The knowledge path is available at www.mchlibrary.info.
Youth in foster care are at significant risk for teen pregnancy. A recent research brief published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy indicates that teen girls in foster care are 2.5 times more likely to have been pregnant by age 19 than those not in foster care. Ten Tips for Foster Parents offers ideas to help foster parents strengthen their relationships with foster youth and how best to communicate about sex, love and relationships. For more information, please go to the National Campaign's foster care webpage.
In the United States, half of all new HIV infections occur in people under age 25; ¼ in people under the age of 21. Stay informed about the impact of HIV on young people with The Facts - Young Women of Color and the HIV Epidemic and The Facts - Adolescents and HIV/AIDS now available from Advocates for Youth.
A recent study published in Lancet analyzed 268 studies conducted between 1990 and 2004 examining sexual behavior among young people. The researchers identified seven key themes that affected condom use, and recommend these themes be considered when designing HIV education programs. For more information, go to www.kaisernetwork.org.
In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, SIECUS released a special report examining recent reductions in funding for domestic HIV prevention and the shift away from proven prevention strategies to ideologically driven programs and divisive risk elimination paradigms. It offers seven recommendations for moving forward. To see the full report, visit www.siecus.org.
According to Barr Pharmaceuticals, supplies of emergency contraception are expected to be available in most U.S. pharmacies by mid-November. For more information, visit www.kaisernetwork.org.
A recent analysis by the Guttmacher Institute says that doubling the $283 million in federal funding for the Title X family planning program could help prevent about 244,000 unintended pregnancies, 116,000 unplanned births and about 98,000 abortions annually. To see the full report, visit www.guttmacher.org (PDF)
Family planning advocates nationwide have raised concerns about the recent appointment of Dr. Eric Keroack to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs. Before his appointment, Dr. Keroack was medical director for A Woman's Concern, crisis pregnancy centers of Massachusetts, which oppose the use of contraception, do not distribute information about birth control, and support sexual abstinence until marriage. In his new position, Keroack will advise HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt on issues including reproductive health and adolescent pregnancy and will administer $283 million in annual family-planning grants.
Merck pharmaceutical company recently announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to add the company's human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil to its Vaccines for Children Program, which provides no-cost immunizations to children ages nine to 18 covered by Medicaid, Alaska Native and American Indian children, and some uninsured and underinsured children. For more information, visit www.kaisernetwork.org.
A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine reports that 82% of U.S. adults support comprehensive sex education, and about half oppose abstinence-only programs. For more information, read the report summary at www.kaisernetwork.org.
A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health set out to answer the question: "What do young adolescents identify as the potential positive and negative outcomes of having sex, using a condom or not using a condom?" The researchers concluded that communication with adolescents regarding safe sexual activity could benefit from widening the communication from a focus on health risks to include discussion of the psychosocial risks and benefits that adolescents themselves think about with respect to sex and condom use. To read the study abstract, visit www.jahonline.org.
A recent Government Accountability Office report says most Health and Human Services funded abstinence-only-until-marriage education programs - which receive about $158 million in federal funding annually - are not reviewed for scientific accuracy before they are granted funding. For more information, see www.kaisernetwork.org.
The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that two former U.S. Surgeons General, Dr. Jocelyn Elders and Dr. David Satcher, will join sexuality researchers and teachers to discuss plans to end the country's focus on abstinence-only programs and reverse climbing STI rates.
The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), University of California, San Francisco has published four new fact sheets on topics related to HIV/AIDS prevention, available in English and Spanish:
- How does methamphetamine use affect HIV prevention?
- What works best in sex/HIV education?
- ¿Cuáles son las necesidades de prevención del VIH en zonas rurales?
- ¿Cuál es el efecto del estigma en el tratamiento y prevención del VIH?
There are no new MOAPPP events at this time.
Multiple Dates December 2006 - January 2007
Building Blocks of Early Literacy
MN Literacy Council
756 Transfer Road, St. Paul, MN
December 11, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Early Literacy 101
January 19, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Connecting Classrooms to Home
December 12, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. or January 18, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - The Home Impact
The Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) and Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) are offering a training series on early literacy, including the ones listed above. Cost is $25 per session. For a description of each session, more information about the training series, and how to register, go to education.umn.edu.
December 6, 2006
Shutting Off the Tap to Teens IX
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bloomington Civic Plaza, Bloomington, MN
A skill-building workshop to help reduce underage social access to alcohol. For more information, contact Julie Wilbert at 612-348-4033 or .
January 21, 2007
Welcome to My Life - 12th Annual AFFIRM Event
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Main Street, Hopkins, MN
AFFIRM (Adolescent Females Finding Identity, Respect, and Merit) is an event for 6th - 8th grade girls and the significant females in their lives. The afternoon includes a theater performance and interactive workshops for teens and adults. AFFIRM is sponsored by the Minneapolis section of the Nation Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). Registration is $5.00. Participants can pre-register or pay at the door. For more information, contact NCJW at 952-922-7900 or NCJW@visi.com.
January 22 - 23, 2007
Minnesota Fatherhood Summit
St. Cloud Civic Center, St. Cloud, MN
Join the Minnesota Fathers & Families Network (MFFN) for their 4th annual winter conference. The conference is for educators, social service workers, non-profit and government staff, and other fatherhood advocates who work with fathers, mothers, families and children. Keynote presenters include Gov. Al Quie, former Governor of Minnesota; Adrienne Burgess, Director of Policy and Research at Fathers Direct in London, England; and Tom Klaus, Program Director at Advocates for Youth in Washington, D.C. For further details, including a full list of workshop topics, go to www.mnfathers.org or contact MFFN at 651-222-7432 or email@example.com.
January 25 - 26, 2007
Second Annual Birth-to-Three Conference
Poverty: Its Effect on Our Youngest Children and their Families
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, Alexandria, MN
The MN Birth-to-Three Conference is designed for practitioners in all programs who work with infants, toddlers, and current and expectant parents from low-income and at-risk families. This conference is co-sponsored by the MN Department of Education, MN Department of Health, and the MN Department of Human Services with the help of other contributors. Information and registration materials for the conference are available at www.mngts.org.
Please Note: All deadlines are subject to change. Please verify dates with the funder before submitting a proposal.
After-school programs with current 501(C)(3) status are invited to submit requests for programs that encourage youth to learn about community service and teamwork. Requests must address two components: 1) $10,000 for projects to improve the after-school program, its services or its facility and 2) $5,000 for a project that would help to beautify the neighborhood in which the after-school program operates. Applicants must submit a short application and a video that clearly describes the proposed projects. There must be clear evidence that the projects were planned and developed by the after-school program's youth with the assistance of the program's staff.
For more information, visit www.ameriquestcares.org.
Deadline: January 15, 2007
Founded in September 2005, G&K Services Foundation focuses on helping people reach their full potential by supporting innovative approaches to developing self-esteem and cultivating life and leadership skills. Grants will be directed to Education and Human Services, especially supporting organizations that: provide basic needs, develop basic skills, encourage self-sufficiency and promote sustained, long-term change. The foundation plans to issue grant awards annually in June. The Minnesota Common Grant Application Form will be accepted.
For more information, contact Michelle Zirbes, Community Relations Manager, at 952-912-5633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: January 15, 2007
The Gannett Foundation is accepting applications for its Local Community Grants program. The purpose of this program is to support organizations in Gannett communities that focus on issues such as education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.
For more information, visit www.gannettfoundation.org.
Deadline: January 15, 2007
Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families/Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) - National Communications System (NCS) for Runaway and Homeless Youth Grant
The FYSB is accepting applications for the NCS for Runaway and Homeless Youth. The NCS assists youth who have run away, or are considering running away, and their families through a toll-free hotline; linking youth and families across the country to shelters, counseling, medical assistance and other vital services. The NCS strives to be a one-stop resource for youth in crisis offering crisis intervention, advocacy, information and referral.
For more information, visit www.acf.hhs.gov.
Deadline: January 26, 2007
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis has a 100-year tradition of supporting civic improvements and human services. Through its grant program the Club supports programs dealing with women's and children's issues and interests. Nonprofits with a total annual operating budget of $2 million or less and that are located and providing services within a 70-mile radius of The Woman's Club of Minneapolis are encouraged to apply. Special consideration is given to organizations located in and serving inner city Minneapolis. The Club makes one-year grants only. Grants will not exceed $10,000.
For more information, visit www.womansclub.org.
Deadline: February 16, 2007
The focus of this funding initiative is to:
- Provide youth with safe places to learn and grow
- To support their educational enhancement
- To encourage adults to mentor children
For more information, visit www.newyorklife.com.
There are no new inkind grants available at this time.
There are no other resources available at this time.