MOAPPP Announcements

Amazon.com and Holiday Gift Giving

Amazon.com

Why not give holiday gifts this year that also give back? Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season at Amazon.com Gift Central. Link to amazon.com by way of MOAPPP's website and MOAPPP will receive a percentage of the sale. A link to amazon.com appears on the left-side navigation bar on every page of MOAPPP's website for your convenience. Remember to make all of your amazon.com purchases through MOAPPP!


Year-End Charitable Giving

Many people do their charitable giving in December so that they receive the tax deduction for that calendar year. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to MOAPPP as part of your year-end giving. For more information about the scope of our work, review our 2007 Annual Report. (PDF) MOAPPP met all of the Charities Review Council's Accountability Standards this year, and will make sure your donation makes a difference in the lives of Minnesota youth.


Curriculum Review Panel Recruiting New Members for 2008

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, contact Jocelyn Broyles at jocelyn@moappp.org or 651-644-1447 x19 or download the application. (PDF) Applications are due Wednesday, January 3, 2008.

 MOAPPP Annual Conference 2008 

Present a Poster Session at MOAPPP's 17th Annual Conference, May 1-2, 2008

MOAPPP is pleased to offer the opportunity to present a poster session at our annual conference, May 1-2, 2008. The intent of the poster session is to spotlight important issues, best practice and new research in a brief and informal, yet structured setting. Poster sessions will take place during the morning exhibit and networking time on both days of the conference. Visit the conference page of the MOAPPP website for more information and an application.


Call for Exhibitors for MOAPPP's 17th Annual Conference, May 1-2, 2008

Join us as an exhibitor for the 17th Annual MOAPPP Conference, "Broadening Our Perspective: Refining Our Approach," May 1-2, 2008 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. The MOAPPP Conference convenes approximately 400 social service and health care providers, educators, advocates, program directors and youth who work to prevent adolescent pregnancy and support pregnant and parenting teens in Minnesota. Visit the conference page of the MOAPPP website for more information and application.


2008 MOAPPP Annual Awards Nominations

Each year, MOAPPP honors individuals, agencies, policy makers and programs that make outstanding contributions toward the promotion of adolescent sexual health, the prevention of adolescent pregnancy and the support of adolescent parents in Minnesota. Please let us know about the people you know who deserve to be recognized by their peers. With your help, we can honor the remarkable efforts going on throughout the state. Nominations are due on February 1, 2008. Please download the nomination form. (PDF)

Other Announcements

Reviews of Abstinence-Only Speakers and Programs

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) recently released new reviews of abstinence-only-until-marriage speakers and programs, monthly controversy reports and information updates into their Community Action Kit for sex education activists. For more information, visit www.communityactionkit.org.

In the News


Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding - A Federal Update

Earlier this month Congress passed a spending bill that included a $28 million dollar increase in funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, with total funding for these programs now at $204 million. When the bill went to the President's desk, it was vetoed for other reasons, and an attempt to override the veto failed by two votes. Congress will now start over and prepare a new spending bill.

Public health researchers are weighing in on the issue. In a recent letter to Congressional leadership, Dr. John Santelli and others asked Congress to cut or eliminate abstinence-only-until-marriage funding because it withholds information that can keep young people safe and healthy. To read the letter, visit www.nationalpartnership.org.

National advocacy groups continue to push for an end to abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and for funding for proven programs. The Sexuality Education for Life-Minnesota coalition is monitoring this issue and will keep you informed as the situation progresses. To read a recent press release about this topic from Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), visit www.siecus.org.


Birth Control Critic and Former Director of Family Research Council Appointed to Oversee Title X Family Planning Program

Family planning advocates have expressed grave concerns about the recent appointment of Dr. Susan Orr as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DASPA). The DASPA oversees Title X, the nation's family planning program. Dr. Orr is the former senior director for marriage and family at the Family Research Council, an organization well-known for its anti-contraceptive viewpoint. For more information, visit www.siecus.org.


College Student Health Survey Released

Boynton Health Service at the U of MN released the results of a College Student Health Survey conducted both at the U of M and at 14 other campuses in Minnesota. The results can be found at www.bhs.umn.edu. Chapter 7 of the report focuses on Sexual Health and Chapter 5 includes data on Sexual Violence.

New Resources

Health Brochures Available In Other Languages

The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has recently posted 13 health brochures in a number of languages. All the brochures are available for download free of charge. Topics include HIV/AIDS Prevention and Stigma and STDs, among others. For more detailed information, visit www.refugees.org.


Somali Child Spacing Program Booklets

Minnesota International Health Volunteers of Minneapolis recently produced a bilingual reproductive anatomy booklet, My Body: Human Reproductive Anatomy, intended for use by health providers and educators with their Somali patients to help them better understand reproductive functions and how certain contraceptive methods work. They can be ordered free of charge (shipping costs extra). Please contact Heather Burkland at 612-230-3258 if you have questions.


Engaging Youth…On Their Turf

A new publication from Healthy Teen Network, Engaging Youth... On Their Turf: Creative Approaches to Connecting Youth through Community, focuses on how adolescent health professionals can use creative approaches to engaging youth in positive youth development. The publication provides some next steps for professionals to develop or adapt creative approaches in existing programs for youth. Read more at www.healthyteennetwork.org.


Science-Based Approaches: A Year in Review (2006-2007)

Healthy Teen Network's Year in Review brochure identifies the most notable and innovative research, resources, programs and policy from the past year that employ a science-based approach in making a difference in the lives of teens and young families. View the publication at www.healthyteennetwork.org.


Fast Facts from Healthy Teen Network

Healthy Teen Network recently released one new Fast Facts fact sheet on The Unique Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth (PDF).


Working with Today's Increasingly Diverse Youth

This publication, The Times They Are A Changing: The Challenges and Joys of Working with Today's Increasingly Diverse Youth, from Healthy Teen Network is a documentation of a plenary session from Healthy Teen Network's 2006 national conference, and includes helpful resources to help you continue making a difference in your own community.


Ten Tips for Parents

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently redesigned and updated its brochure, 10 Tips for Parents, including a research-based list of practical tips for parents and adults to help the young people in their lives avoid pregnancy and pass safely through adolescence. View the brochure, (PDF) or for more information, visit www.thenationalcampaign.org.


Workshop Summary Addresses Adolescent Health Care

Challenges in Adolescent Health Care: Workshop Report summarizes the presentations and discussions that took place at two public workshops to study adolescent health care services in the United States. Topics include an overview of adolescent health issues, needs of the most vulnerable adolescents, making the system work and issues to address. The report is available at orsted.nap.edu.


Fact Sheet on Substance Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults Updated

The 2007 Fact Sheet on Substance Use: Adolescents and Young Adults contains the most recent available data on substance use, including the use of alcohol, cigarettes and illicit drugs among adolescents and young adults (ages 12-25). The fact sheet highlights topics such as dependence on and abuse of alcohol or illicit drugs and substance use initiation by type. The fact sheet is available at nahic.ucsf.edu. (PDF)


SIECUS Releases Publication on the Marriage Promotion Industry

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) recently released Legalized Discrimination: The Rise of the Marriage-Promotion Industry and How Federally Funded Programs Discriminate Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth and Families. This special report examines the rise of the federal government's involvement in promoting heterosexual marriage, idealizing notions of heterosexual marriage as the cure for all of society's ills in schools. To read the full report and executive summary, visit www.siecus.org.


Building Effective Youth Councils Publication

The Forum for Youth Investment recently released Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change (PDF) and Building Effective Youth Councils: A Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy Making (PDF). These and other publications are available on the The Forum for Youth Investment website.

New Research

The Falling Age of Puberty in US Girls

This report is a review of the published literature on the timing of puberty in US girls and describes the basic biology of puberty, identifies the various determinants that seem to influence its onset and explores their possible interactions. To view the full report, visit www.breastcancerfund.org.


Cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections Increasing Nationwide, Minorities Disproportionately Affected

The number of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases nationwide has increased steadily over the past years, with racial and ethnic minorities continuing to be disproportionately affected, according to a CDC report in mid-November. The report found that there were 1,030,911 new cases of chlamydia in 2006-an all-time high. To read the report in its entirety, visit www.cdc.gov. (PDF)


New Book on Gender Based Violence

Oxfam International recently published a new book entitled Gender-Based Violence as part of its series "Working in Gender and Development." Gender-Based Violence provides a collection of some of the most recent tactics, strategies and innovations in work against gender violence. Drawing from case studies around the world, the book serves as a resource for policy makers, activists and academics on issues ranging from femicide to human trafficking. Available free online at www.stopvaw.org.

MOAPPP Events

January 16, 2007
Unequal Partners Training

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Temple Israel
2324 Emerson Avenue South, Minneapolis

Save the Date! for the "Unequal Partners” Training. This one-day workshop is designed to increase professionals' understanding of the dynamics, complexities and risks of adult-teen relationships. Led by nationally recognized author and trainer, Bill Taverner. For more information and registration, go to Unequal Partner Flyer and Registration form. (PDF)


Other Events

January 14 - 15, 2008
Minnesota Fatherhood Summit

St. Cloud Civic Center, St. Cloud

MFFN's fifth annual winter conference explores the state of fatherhood in Minnesota. Presentations and workshops examine various groups of fathers and families and promote targeted services that positively engage men in families. MFFN's winter conference is geared toward family-services and fatherhood-services practitioners, educators, students, parents, policy makers, and advocates including state, county, faith-based and non-profit agencies serving fathers and families. For more information, visit www.mnfathers.org.


January 14, 2008
2007 Minnesota Student Survey Statewide Trends

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 4:30 p.m.)
Northland Inn
7025 Northland Drive North, Brooklyn Park

Findings from the 2007 Minnesota Student Survey will be reviewed as a lead-in to the two-day Safe and Healthy Learners Conference. For more information and to register online, visit www.togevents.com.


January 15-16, 2008
Second Annual Safe and Healthy Learners Conference: From My Space to Our Space: Creating Connected Communities

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.)
Northland Inn
7025 Northland Drive North, Brooklyn Park

Keynote presentations and breakout sessions will feature national, regional, and local youth development experts and practitioners. Join us in building connections that help our youth, families and communities thrive. For more information and to register online, visit www.togevents.com.


February 26-27, 2008
Minnesota Teen Leadership Summit to End Dating and Sexual Violence

February 26, 2008: Participants will have the opportunity to access resources about dating violence and sexual violence and how to help keep yourself and your friends safe. You'll also learn how to engage your peers and your community to prevent violence.

February 27, 2008: Girls Rock! the Capitol. Gather in the morning for breakfast and a welcome from a Minnesota legislator, participate in interactive workshops on issues that affect teens and women, then head to the Capitol to participate in the Violence Against Women Action Day Rally. You'll also get to be a Senator in a mock legislative committee. Meet with your elected officials and end the day at a reception with inspiring women legislators.

For more information, e-mail lindsay@mncasa.org.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Women's Consortium, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women

Funding Opportunities

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Social Venture Partners

Social Venture Partners Minnesota Philanthropic Partnership will support one organization that is trying to improve the lives of at-risk adolescents with a grant of $25,000 for capacity building. SVP defines capacity building as efforts that improve an organization's ability to achieve its mission.

For more information, contact brad.brown1@comcast.net.
Deadline: December 14, 2007


AmeriCorpsProgram / ServeMinnesota

Applications are now available for 2008-2009 AmeriCorp grants to pay for costs necessary to implement new or existing programs. ServeMinnesota administers federal AmeriCorps State grants in Minnesota and provides AmeriCorps programs with training and ongoing technical assistance to support the development of high quality AmeriCorps programs.

For more information, and to download the application materials, visit www.serveminnesota.org.
Deadline: Letter of Intent due December 17, 2007


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Healthy Together: Creating Community with New Americans is a BCBS grantmaking initiative designed to reduce health inequities for immigrants and improve the health and vitality of the entire community. The foundation awards grants to projects that foster exchanges and interactions between newcomers and the receiving community, strengthen the capacity of immigrant-led organizations and their attention to health and address social adjustment and mental health.

For more information, visit www.bcbsmnfoundation.org.
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry due January 11, 2008


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