The MOAPPP conference offers two days of dynamic speakers, challenging workshops and multiple opportunities to network with Minnesota professionals committed to teen pregnancy prevention and support for pregnant and parenting teens. Continuing education contact hours will be available from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc, MN Board of Psychology, MN Board of Social Work and MN Board of Nursing.
Please join us in welcoming Nikki McComb to the position of Outreach Coordinator. Nikki has several years experience providing resources and referrals to youth and families through her work at the Minneapolis Urban League, Turning Point, Harriet Tubman Center for Women and Right Step Academy. She also brings a proven track record in marketing and public relations. We are excited to have her as part of the staff. You can contact Nikki at 651-644-1447 x13 or email@example.com.
Ask your state Representative and Senator to support Responsible Sexuality Education! Let them know that you believe responsible sex education should be taught in Minnesota public schools and that you want to see action on the issue this session.
Find your legislator at www.leg.state.mn.us, and find out if your legislator has been supportive of comprehensive sexuality education this session by clicking here.
Advocacy Update: Minnesota Legislation
Responsible Family Life and Sexuality Education
A bill (HF 615) to require comprehensive sexuality education in Minnesota public schools has been included for the first time in the House Education Omnibus bill, and continues to move forward in committee. The language supporting - but not requiring - school districts to offer developmentally appropriate sexuality education in grades K-6 was removed from the bill. Removing the K-6 language does not detract from the intent of the bill and does not in any way preclude school districts from offering K-6 curriculum. SF 588 has not been included in the Senate Education Omnibus bill.
Stay connected this session. To receive action alerts and legislative updates, become a member of the Sexuality Education for Life Coalition. For questions or more detailed information about what's happening at the Capitol, please contact Coalition co-conveners Lorie Alveshere at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Brugh at email@example.com.
Advocacy Update: Federal Legislation
REAL Act - Introduced March 22, 2007
Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act on March 22, 2007. The bill would create federal funding, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for comprehensive sexuality education. Comprehensive sexuality education is defined in this bill as that which is age-appropriate, medically accurate and stresses abstinence while also educating young people about contraception. Programs funded by the REAL Act would also stress family communication, responsible decision-making and negotiation skills.
For more information about the REAL Act, please visit www.siecus.org. To find out if your US Representative and Senators are signed on as co-sponsors visit the Library of Congress listing. If they are, let them know you appreciate their support for comprehensive sexuality education. If they are not, visit Advocates for Youth Take Action Center and ask them to support S.972/HR1653. Bill details are also available here.
How is your organization planning on promoting National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) next month? MOAPPP takes the lead in Minnesota to promote participation in the campaign statewide. The campaign offers a way to increase awareness of the effects of teen pregnancy and to involve communities in promoting and supporting effective prevention initiatives. Here are a few ways to participate:
- Download a campaign graphic for your agency's website
- Contact your county, city or town and initiate an official proclamation
- Submit a press release to your local paper
- Use the campaign to support the important work you do in your community
- More ideas are also available on MOAPPP's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month page
To order a free poster from MOAPPP, contact Jocelyn at 651-644-1447 x19 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is pleased to offer a series of audio public service announcements (PSAs) recorded by teens, for teens and parents of teens to promote the 2007 National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. For more information, visit www.teenpregnancy.org.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has a new initiative focused specifically on helping the Latino community in its efforts to reduce continued high rates of adolescent pregnancy and childbearing. Visit the National Campaign's website for more information about the initiative and to download Voices Heard: Latino Adults and Teens Speak Up About Teen Pregnancy (PDF).
Abstract submissions are now being accepted for Reproductive Health 2007, the annual meeting of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Society for the Advancement of Reproductive Care (SARC) and Society of Family Planning (SFP). This year's conference will be held on September 26-29 in Minneapolis. Deadline for abstracts is March 21, 2007, 5:00pm EST. For more information, visit www.arhp.org.
- Highest Number of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Reported in a Single Year: Officials Call for More Screening and Treatment of Partners
- Washington Post Examines Reaction to Book on Fertility Charting for Teens
- Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs Resigns
- HHS Assistant Secretary for Children, Families Horn To Step Down
- Wisconsin Governor Rejects Federal Abstinence Education Funds
- Ohio Governor's Proposed Budget Would Eliminate Abstinence-Only Education Programs
- Recent Legislation in New York and Washington Advances Sexuality Education; Missouri Legislation Moves to Tighten Sexuality Education
- New Report Draws Connections Between Poverty and Teen Pregnancy
Highest Number of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Reported in a Single Year: Officials Call for More Screening and Treatment of Partners
New data released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for National STD Awareness Month show that 16,428 cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a record number, were reported in Minnesota in 2006. Reportable STDs in Minnesota include chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Read the entire news release here. For more information, contact Doug Schultz, MDH Communications at 651-201-4993.
A recently published book about fertility charting for teens has "sparked controversy" among some abstinence-only education supporters and some comprehensive sexuality education supporters. For the full article, please visit www.washingtonpost.com.
Dr. Eric Keroack, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Health and Human Service Office of Population Affairs recently announced that he will resign from the post due to an action taken against his private medical practice in Massachusetts by state Medicaid officials. Advocates for family planning have been seeking Keroack's removal since he was appointed to oversee Title X, the nation's family planning program in November 2006. They argued that Keroack's history as the medical director for A Woman's Concern, a crisis pregnancy center known to oppose contraception for any woman and to advocate for sexual abstinence until marriage, made him unqualified to advise on such issues as reproductive health and adolescent pregnancy. On Friday, Evelyn Kappeler, a senior legislative analyst, was appointed to serve as an interim replacement for Keroak. For more information, please visit www.kaisernetwork.org.
Wade Horn, assistant secretary for HHS' Administration for Children and Families, who oversees abstinence education programs for the Bush administration, announced Monday that he will resign from his position. As assistant secretary, Horn oversaw a $46 billion budget for 65 programs, including abstinence education programs. For more information, please visit www.kaisernetwork.org.
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) has directed the state Department of Health and Family Services to notify federal officials that Wisconsin is refusing $600,000 in Title V federal abstinence education funds for fiscal year 2007. To receive Title V funds, states must adhere to new requirements, including barring teachers from discussing contraception and requiring them to say that sex within marriage is "the expected standard of sexual activity." For more information, please visit www.kaisernetwork.org.
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's proposed $53 billion budget would eliminate the state's federally funded abstinence-only sex education programs. California, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have also rejected Title V funds. Fore more information, please visit www.kaisernetwork.org.
Recent Legislation in New York and Washington Advances Sexuality Education; Missouri Legislation Moves to Tighten Sexuality Education
So far in the 2007 state legislative session, several attempts have been made to both advance and restrict sexuality education. New York and Washington have brought forth bills to strengthen access to sexuality education, while Missouri has tried to deny young people access to full, accurate information. Fore more information, please visit www.siecus.org.
"The time has come for a reinvigorated fight against inequality and despair," say Brookings scholars Isabel Sawhill and Ron Haskins. "The next President should launch a new generation of effective policies based on a comprehensive work-family-education assault on poverty and inequality, including funding teen pregnancy prevention, premarital education and family planning efforts." The paper, Attacking Poverty and Inequality, was prepared for the Brookings Institution's Opportunity 2008, a project designed to provide policy ideas for presidential candidates.
- New Resources from Together For Youth
- With One Voice 2007
- Adolescent Violence Prevention
- The 2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report
- Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STI/HIV Education Programs (TAC)
- Advocates for Youth Fact Sheet: The Facts: HIV and Young American Indian/Alaska Native Women
- Advocates for Youth Fact Sheet: The Facts: Dating Violence and Adolescents
- Spanish-Language Fatherhood Curriculum
- For Adolescent Parents: Bonding For Life
- New Issue Brief: Early Head Start and Teen Parent Families: Partnership for Success
- Terms of Engagement: How to Involve Parents in Programs to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
To recognize May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, Together for Youth has created "Teen Survival Kits" for teens in our community for several years. Throughout the month of May, the "Teen Survival Kits" are distributed in schools, youth-serving agencies, faith-based institutions and health clinics to advocate teen pregnancy prevention. The kit comes with a list of the contents and all the items sealed in a bag. You can download and use any of these materials, add your own items (such as condoms if appropriate), and make them applicable to your own community. For ordering information, please visit www.healthyteennetwork.com.
In "With One Voice 2007: America's Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy," the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's latest nationally-representative survey of adults and teens, teens say that parents most influence their decisions about sex. You can read it at www.teenpregnancy.org. (PDF)
The new edition of "Knowledge Path: Adolescent Violence Prevention" is an electronic guide to selected resources from public health, medical, criminal justice, education and social services literature that measure, document and monitor adolescent violence; identify risk and protective factors; and report on promising intervention strategies. To learn more, visit www.mchlibrary.info.
This fourth annual report to Congress provides a comprehensive national overview of disparities in health care among racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the general U.S. population and within priority populations and tracks the progress of activities to reduce disparities. The full report and highlights can be found at www.ahrq.gov.
Healthy Teen Network and ETR Associates are pleased to present the Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STI/HIV Education Programs (TAC). Based on the 2006 report, "Sex and HIV Education Programs for Youth: Their Impact and Important Characteristics," this tool is designed for adolescent reproductive health practitioners and program administrators to use in assessing, selecting, improving and designing a sex or STI/HIV education program.
This fact sheet highlights the social, economic and cultural barriers that limit the ability of many American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) young women to receive accurate and adequate information on preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For more information, visit www.advocatesforyouth.org.
Dating violence and abuse can lead to negative sexual health outcomes: the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy are higher for young people who have a history of abuse. For more information, visit www.advocatesforyouth.org
The National Fatherhood Initiative has produced "Siempre Papá" - a Spanish-language fatherhood program to address the social issue of father absence in the Latino community,. For more information, visit www.fatherhood.org.
This interactive guide from the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy contains information providers can use to help teen parents understand their child and build a trusting relationship that will last a lifetime. For more information, visit www.teenpregnancysc.org to download or order a copy of the guide.
CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy) released an issues brief focusing on the special needs of teenage parents and their children and how the unique set of services offered through Early Head Start programs can support them. Go to the CLASP website (PDF) to download a copy of this 23 page report.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy released a new publication that provides strategies for addressing the challenges programs face when involving parents in preventing teen pregnancy. Go to www.teenpregnancy.org (PDF) to download a copy of this report.
May 3-4, 2007
MOAPPP's 16th Annual Conference:
Broadening Our Perspective: Refining Our Approach
Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center
The MOAPPP Conference is the annual gathering of Minnesota professionals committed to teen pregnancy prevention and support for pregnant and parenting teens. Join more than 400 colleagues for two days of dynamic speakers, challenging workshops and countless opportunities for networking and conversation. If you have any questions please see the conference brochure (PDF) and visit our conference page for updates.
April 2 - 6, 2007
National Public Health Week Film Festival
In recognition of National Public Health Week, The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health presents it 3rd Annual Film Festival. Also sponsored by the Minnesota Public Health Association and community partners, including MOAPPP, the film festival addresses a different public health issue each night, including Sexuality Education on Friday, April 6.
All screenings begin at 5:30 p.m. in the newly renovated Mayo Memorial Auditorium on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. You can also see a full list of films and directions to the theater as well.
February 5, March 29, April 25, 2007
Lessons from the Field: Attachment Series
Coffman Union, University of MN, Minneapolis and 25 host sites in Greater MN
As part of its Lessons from the Field Series, the Center of Excellence in Children's Mental Health at the University of Minnesota is sponsoring a series of workshops focused on attachment theory and interventions.
Specific workshop topics include:
- Disturbances of attachment in early childhood
- Inter-relationship between attachment and other mental health concerns
- The intervention/treatment models
Fee: $15.00 per session. Visit www.cmh.umn.edu for more information and for a current listing of video host sites around the state.
April 10, 2007
Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) Spring 2007 Conference
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center
The YIPA conference, It's NOT Just Joking Around! A Survival Seminar on Bullying, is a great opportunity for people working with youth and their families to explore a comprehensive bully-prevention plan and concrete tools on how to effectively help bullies, victims and bystanders. The conference also features Jodee Blanco, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Please Stop Laughing at Me..., and the creator and executive producer of the It's NOT Just Joking Around!TM & bullying education program. For more details, visit www.mnyipa.org. Registration is available online and by mail.
April 10, 2007
Prevention Forum: Helping Parents Become Their Children's Primary Sexuality Educators
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
St. Louis Park City Hall
5005 Minnetonka Boulevard, St. Louis Park
This forum explores tips and techniques from the field about working with parents, a review of child and adolescent development, children's common questions and concerns, and tools parents can use to start and sustain lifelong conversations with their children about sexuality. For more information, contact Julie Wilbert at 612-348-4033 or Julie.Wilbert@co.hennepin.mn.us.
April 13, 2007
Children, Health and Culture: 6th Annual Conference on Cultural Competence in Pediatrics
St. Paul Heart and Lung Conference Center
255 North Smith Avenue, St. Paul
This conference is an all-day event that offers learning and exchange on pediatric health care for cultural and linguistic minorities. Sponsored by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the Center for Cross Cultural Health. For more information, contact Elsa Batica at 612-813-7724 or Elsa.email@example.com.
April 17-18, 2007
Healthy Girls: A Canvas for Life
U of MN Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul
Now in its seventeenth year, this conference offers a variety of educational and creative learning opportunities for women and men who work with adolescent girls, including a variety of workshops, panels featuring girls speaking for themselves, creative arts performances and a book and resource fair. The conference is designed to enlighten, support and inspire all professionals who are concerned about the future of adolescent girls. For more information about applying, submitting a workshop proposal, conference sponsorship or registration, go to www.mngirls.org.
April 21, 2007
Second Annual Emmet Till Legacy Foundation Youth Rally: Hear My Voice - Are You Listening?
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
North Senior High School
1500 James Avenue North, Minneapolis
This is a non-partisan event for youth ages 14 and up to encourage civic engagement, political engagement and voter registration. Featuring music, spoken word, hip hop, dance, holy hip hop and more! For more information, call 1-888-509-9614 x80 or email Emmet_Till_Legacy@yahoo.com.
April 24, 2007
Northwest Hennepin Teen Parent Connection Forum
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Willow Lane Early Childhood Education Center, Brooklyn Center
NW Hennepin Teen Parent Connection is hosting a forum to identify and develop resources for pregnant and parenting teens and their children in NW Hennepin County. For more information, please contact Jonette Zuercher 763-391-7253 or email NWHFSC@district279.org.
April 25-26, 2007
Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference - The Power of Prevention: Building Strong Families for Strong Communities
University of MN St. Paul Campus, Continuing Education and Conference Center
Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota presents the 2007 MN Child Abuse Prevention Month Conference that includes five pre-conference institutes on Wednesday, keynote by author Naomi Haines-Griffith titled "Invisible Scars: Understanding Emotional Maltreatment" and a variety of workshops on different prevention topics. For more information and to register, go to www.pcamn.org.
April 29, 2007
Hispanic Health Network Forum for Latinos
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
305 East 77th Street, Richfield
The purpose of this forum is to link Latinos with existing services, providers and resources in Spanish; to educate and inform Latinos on existing community health resources and topics regarding healthy lifestyles; to engage in dialogue with local Latinos about their own health practices that are working and, in addition, to identify areas for improving health outcomes. Those invited to attend the forum include Latino families, health and social service professionals, educators and other interested residents. For more information, contact Victoria Amaris, Hispanic Health Network at 612-722-0796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 4 - August 6, 2007
Introduction to Infant Mental Health
Offered by Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), University of Minnesota
This course offers an introduction to the field of infant mental health and intervention with infants, toddlers and their parents. Readings, video and observational tasks are included to familiarize students with the foundations of infant mental health and direct work with infants and parents. For more information, see the course flyer. (PDF)
July 11-13, 2007
The National Black Religious Summit 11 on Sexuality: Breaking the Silence
Sponsored by the National Black Church Initiative of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, this summit will continue the dialogue on critical issues affecting the African American community, including teen pregnancy, sexuality and religion, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS and other issues of reproductive health. For more information, contact email@example.com or 202-628-7700, or visit www.rcrc.org.
November 14-17, 2007
Healthy Teen Network 2007 National Conference
On Their Turf: Creative Ways of Supporting Teens & Young Families
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.
Please Note: All deadlines are subject to change. Please verify dates with the funder before submitting a proposal.
Funding up to $500 is provided for one-time youth-identified service projects that benefit young people's schools, neighborhoods or greater communities. Projects must based on the concept of one person doing a favor for others, who in turn do favors for others, with ever-expanding results.
For more information, visit www.payitforwardfoundation.org.
Deadline: April 15, Oct. 15 and Jan. 15 of each year.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Transitional Living Programs and Maternity Group Homes
The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau is accepting applications for the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and for Maternity Group Homes (MGH). Each TLP must provide a safe and appropriate shelter for up to 18 months of services with adult supervision, life and interpersonal skill building, career counseling and job skills, counseling and medical care as appropriate. MGHs must provide the same services as TLPs, in addition to providing parenting instructions and childcare. Other services may include, but are not limited to, transportation, family planning, abstinence education and pregnancy prevention services.
For more information, visit www.acf.hhs.gov.
Deadline: May 8, 2007
The Open Meadows Foundation offers grants of up to $2,000 each for projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding.
For more information, visit www.openmeadows.org.
Deadline: August 15, 2007
Women Helping Others supports grassroots charities in the United States and Puerto Rico serving the overlooked needs of women and children. Specific projects and programs addressing health, education and social service needs are the foundation's priority.
For more information, visit www.whofoundation.org.
Deadline: September 11, 2007
The purpose of this program is to support innovative programs addressing the health and well-being of children, families and communities.
For more information, visit www.cigna.com.
Dreyer's funds projects that promote family, school and community environments that build skills and foster talents in young people. Small event grants (up to $3,000) and ice cream products/auction items are provided.
For more information, visit www.dreyersinc.com.
There are no new inkind grants available at this time.
There are no other resources available at this time.