Since 1996, Minnesota's Education Now and Babies Later program (MN ENABL) has funded community-based organizations across the state to work with young people to prevent too-early pregnancies.
During the last 11 years, more than 20 MN ENABL grantees targeted youth ages 12-14, sharing information on relationships, decision-making and skill building to resist social pressure and postpone sexual activity. Grantees used curriculum-based instruction with youth, community organizing techniques to engage parents and media campaigns to reinforce the program's goal.
The MN ENABL program was funded through a mix of state and federal dollars, including federal abstinence funds. Because of changes in the federal guidelines and decisions at the Minnesota state legislature, the MN ENABL program has experienced a 75% reduction in funds. Grantees were informed last month that their funding would end in July. The Department of Health is currently deciding how to use the remaining state funds.
MOAPPP was an early partner in the MN ENABL program, offering grantees training in community organizing, resources on teen pregnancy prevention and other technical assistance. MOAPPP also helped sponsor a statewide MN ENABL media campaign encouraging parents to talk to their children about sex.
The MN ENABL program touched many communities across the state, and MOAPPP would like to congratulate grantees for their success in highlighting the importance of saying "not yet," promoting service learning, and in strengthening communication between parents and children.
The 2007 legislature approved $5.3 million in new funds for after school (or evening, weekend or summer) enrichment activities, targeted toward youth ages 9-14. The funds will be made available through a competitive grant process handled by the Minnesota Department of Education. Awards will range from $75,000-300,000 over a two-year grant. The deadline for applying is August 3, 2007. Application information and forms are available from the Minnesota Department of Education.
This grant offers an excellent opportunity to fund programs we know work to prevent teen pregnancy. MOAPPP would like to encourage organizations to apply for funds to implement the Teen Outreach Program (TOP). TOP is a nationally-recognized program based on the principles of positive youth development that combines curriculum-guided classroom discussion and community service work. TOP has been shown to support positive youth development and prevent negative outcomes for youth, such as early pregnancy and school failure.
MOAPPP will sponsor an informational meeting next Friday, July 20, about TOP for organizations interested in applying for funding to implement this program.
WHAT: Informational meeting about the Teen Outreach Program and the Minnesota After School Grant
WHEN: Friday, July 20, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: MOAPPP office, 1619 Dayton Ave. Ste. 111, St. Paul
RSVP for the meeting by calling 651-644-1447 x0.
Participate by phone: if you can't make the meeting in person, call 651-644-1447 x0 to reserve a spot on the conference line.
Questions? Contact Jill Farris at 651-644-1447 x18 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently released its annual report about abortions in Minnesota. (PDF) One of the facts receiving a great deal of news coverage was the rise in the number of abortions to teen girls aged 17 and under. For a MOAPPP discussion of this report, please visit our website.
In a first-in-the-nation project, NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota is working to survey the more than 1,500 pharmacies throughout the state to determine women's access to emergency contraception (EC). Although EC has been available over the counter to those 18 and older since 2006, there are concerns that access to this important birth control option remains limited by pharmacy practices. Volunteer to help collect this important information from home, with friends or at a NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota phone bank. For more information, please contact Melissa Reed at email@example.com
The Youth Leadership Team (YLT) helps shape Campaign policies, programs and messages; represents the Campaign to the press and media; works to raise awareness about teen pregnancy in their communities and gives voice to the unique perspectives and opinions of teens. YLT members must be 14-17 years of age as of September 1, 2007, committed to working in their community to prevent teen pregnancy, able to participate in YLT meetings and events, and interested in talking to local and national media about the role of teens in teen pregnancy prevention. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 3, 2007. For more information and nomination forms, go to www.teenpregnancy.org.
- Adolescents' Beliefs About Preferred Resources for Help Vary Depending on the Health Issue
- Associations between Confidential Services and Parent-Teen Communication
- Drug Use and Sexual Behavior Reported by Adults: United States 1999-2002
- Child Trends Report Reveals Wide State Variation in Teen Birth Rate
- Preventing Repeat Teen Pregnancy: Postpartum Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate, Oral Contraceptive Pills or the Patch?
- Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs Remain Fully Funded
- SIECUS Releases State Profiles 2006: A Portrait of Sexuality Education and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in the States
- Parents Say They're Getting Control of Their Children's Exposure to Sex and Violence in the Media – Even Online
- New Study: Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks
- FDA To Conduct Surveys About STI and Pregnancy Prevention Language on Condom Packaging
Published in the July 2007 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, this research found that the majority of adolescents believed it somewhat or very important to get help for a severe respiratory complaint (94%), cigarette use (81%), and symptoms of depression scenarios (88%); only 27% of adolescents believed it somewhat or very important to get help for a sexual behavior scenario. (Marcell AV, Halpern-Felsher BL. 2007. Adolescents' beliefs about preferred resources for help vary depending on the health issue. Journal of Adolescent Health, 41(1),61-68).
This study examined whether the availability of confidential services was a barrier to adolescents' communication with their parents about heath issues and whether adolescents' comfort with discussing reproductive health issues would impact future communication with parents about potentially serious and sensitive reproductive health care issues. Less than half of the adolescents reported that they would tell their parents if they were found to have a serious and sensitive reproductive health problem. There was no significant difference between adolescents who came in for confidential vs. non-confidential services regarding whether or not they would discuss these issues with their parents (Lerand, S.J., Ireland, M., Boutelle K. 2007. Communication with our teens: Associations between confidential service and parent-teen communication. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 20,173-178).
This report presents prevalence estimates for self-reported adult drug use and sexual behaviors in the United States, taken from a nationally representative sample of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population. The full report can be found at public.cq.com. (PDF) (Fryar, C.D.; Hirsch, R.; Porter, K.S.; Kottiri, B.; Brody, D.J.; Louis, T., 2007. Drug use and sexual behaviors reported by adults: United States, 1999-2002. Advance data from vital and health statistics, 384. National Center for Health Statistics. Hyattsville, MD).
Teens in some states are much more likely to have a baby than are teens in other states, according to the 2007 edition of Child Trends' annual Facts at a Glance. (PDF) A state-by-state ranking shows that Minnesota has the seventh lowest teen birth rate in the nation, with 27 births per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19. The report also finds that the national teen birth rate is at an historic low, continuing a 14-year decline in the proportion of teens who become mothers.
Preventing Repeat Teen Pregnancy: Postpartum Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate, Oral Contraceptive Pills or the Patch?
A recent study evaluated the repeat teen pregnancy rates among adolescents who chose the contraceptive patch, oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) or Depo Provera (DMPA) for postpartum contraception. The study found that adolescents who chose DMPA for postpartum contraception were significantly less likely to become pregnant within one year of delivery, as compared to teens who choose OCPs or the patch. For an abstract of the article, go to the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.
Despite earlier positive signs that the new Congress would reduce funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, recent decisions have sex education advocates concerned. Two of the three federal funding streams are up for renewal this year (Title V and Community Based Abstinence Education (CBAE)). Funding for Title V is likely to receive a three month extension and further discussion will be held about future funding in the fall. Funding for CBAE is currently being debated at the committee level.
National advocacy groups continue to push for an end to these programs. MOAPPP is monitoring the situation and will keep you informed as it progresses. To read in more detail about the current status of Title V funds, please visit www.kaisernetwork.org and marketplace.publicradio.org. More details about the current status of CBAE funding are also available from www.kaisernetwork.org.
SIECUS Releases State Profiles 2006: A Portrait of Sexuality Education and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in the States
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) released its 2006 State Profiles, detailing sexuality education and abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in states and communities across the country. The State Profiles contain information on each state's laws, recently proposed legislation and noteworthy events related to sexuality education. The profiles also detail the amount of money that states and state-based entities receive for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and how these funds are used.
Parents Say They're Getting Control of Their Children's Exposure to Sex and Violence in the Media – Even Online
According to a new national survey of parents released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, parents believe they are gaining control of their children's exposure to sex and violence in the media, although they remain concerned about inappropriate content in the media.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a study that examines how teens understand their privacy through several lenses: by looking at the choices that teens make to share or not to share information online, by examining what they share, by probing for the context in which they share it and by asking teens for their own assessment of their vulnerability. For a copy of the complete report, visit www.pewinternet.org.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to survey 1,200 people on their understanding of a condom's efficacy in preventing sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and unplanned pregnancies based on current labeling. Survey responses will be considered in FDA's condom labeling recommendations to manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.kaisernetwork.org.
- New Fact Sheet: Adolescents: Overlooked by Programs for the World's Orphans and Vulnerable Children
- Postpartum Depression Education Brochure and Fact Sheet Translated
- Shoulder to Shoulder BLOG
- New Fast Facts on Young Men
- New Fact Sheet: The Impact of Homophobia and Racism on GLBTQ Youth of Color
As many as 15 million children and youth worldwide have been orphaned or made vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As orphans approach sexual and physical maturation, they are at increased risk of HIV. Their orphaned and vulnerable status can also leave them more vulnerable to sexual abuse, exploitation, illness and homelessness. Many engage in risky sexual behaviors in order to survive. Many organizations that focus on the protection and care of orphans and vulnerable children have largely overlooked adolescents and neglected the special emphasis and tailored programs needed by this population. Read the fact sheet at www.advocatesforyouth.org.
This educational brochure and fact sheet, written and produced by Fairview Health Services, have been translated into Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish. Download from the website or order through Fairview Press: 612-672-4774. For more information, visit www.health.state.mn.us.
Shoulder to Shoulder, a Minnesota-based project for parents of teens and other caring adults to share practical, evidence-based information and tools, is launching a new blog to connect parents of teens to information and each other using technology. Using the blog, parents can pose questions, provide ideas on topics of concern and learn about teen culture in our communities. Go to www.shouldertoshoulderminnesota.org for more information.
Healthy Teen Network just added three new Fast Facts fact sheets on topics relevant to young men to the Research and Resources section of the HTN Web site. They are: Unique Needs of Young Fathers, The Impact of Early Abuse on Male Sexual and Reproductive Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Young Men. All three fact sheets can be found at www.healthyteennetwork.org.
As members of more than one minority group, GLBTQ youth of color face special challenges in a society which often presents heterosexuality as the only acceptable orientation and in which nonwhites have disproportionately higher rates of negative sexual outcomes. Economic and cultural disparities, as well as sexual risk taking and other risk-taking behavior, make these youth vulnerable to HIV, pregnancy and sexual violence. To read the fact sheet, visit www.advocatesforyouth.org.
July 30-August 2, 2007
2007 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health: Engaging Youth: Working Together With Parents And Families
Minnesota Department of Education - Conference Center B
1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville
August 2: Graduate Students Only
The Center for Adolescent Nursing, Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center and Konopka Institute at the University of Minnesota, along with the Coordinated School Health and MOAPPP are proud to announce our 2007 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health. Check out the program link for more information on this opportunity. Registration deadline is July 16th. For more information, visit the program information page or the registration page. If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Baumgartner at 612-626-0606 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 8, 2007
Teen Pregnancy Prevention 101
2324 Emerson Avenue South, Minneapolis
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$50 MOAPPP member/$75 Non-member
This training is designed for professionals new to the field of teen pregnancy prevention. Participants will review the basics of teen pregnancy prevention including pregnancy, STI and birth statistics; trends in teen pregnancy and sexual behaviors; risk and protective factors associated with teen pregnancy; and prevention strategies that work. Each participant will leave with a basic understanding of current research and resources in teen pregnancy prevention, what to do to promote adolescent sexual health and where to go for more information and support. For more information and registration, go to the program flyer (PDF) or contact Jill Farris 651-644-1447 x18 or email@example.com.
August 14, 2007
Minnesota Reproductive Health Update
University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus
$100 Non-profit / $115 For-profit
This training provides the latest in contraceptive information and STD/HIV treatment and prevention. Specialists in the field will address a range of topics including contraceptive technologies, HIV & STDs in Minnesota, HPV and adolescent health. This workshop is designed for nurses, nurse practitioners, clinicians, health educators and other health care providers who want current information on reproductive health issues. For more information and to register for this event, go to www.hcet.org.
October 4, 2007
How do I TALK to my kids about the BIRDS and the BEES?
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Ridgedale Hennepin County Library
12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka
Robie H. Harris, educator and award-winning author of It's NOT the Stork! It's So Amazing! and It's Perfectly Normal, will present age appropriate recommendations on how parents can accurately and comfortably discuss nearly every question about birth, babies, bodies, families and healthy sexuality. For parents of children from toddlers to teens! There will be time for questions and answers and for book signing with the author. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-644-1447 x19 with questions or see the event flyer. (PDF)
October 5, 2007
It's Not the Kids! It's Us! Whose Responsibility Is It to Educate Our Kids and Teens About Sexual Health?
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2324 Emerson Avenue, Minneapolis
Cost: $15, includes lunch
The "who, what, when, where and why" of sharing sexual health information with our young people continues to be controversial in this country and can wear down even the most committed health educator. Enjoy an informal lunch conversation with award-winning and internationally acclaimed children and teen sexual health book author Robie Harris. Her comments will inspire and renew participants' energy and commitment to the important work of sexual health education. For more information about this event, see the flyer (PDF) or contact email@example.com or 651-644-1447 x19.
October 13, 2007
Macy's Shop For A Cause (MOAPPP) Day!
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
All Macy's Department Stores
Purchase a shopping pass for $5 from MOAPPP to Macy's Shop For A Cause Day on Saturday, October 13. Your pass will make you eligible to receive savings of 10-20% off of most of your Macy's purchases all day. MOAPPP keeps 100% of the proceeds from the shopping passes it sells. This is a great opportunity to support MOAPPP while getting a jump-start on your holiday shopping at great discounts. For more information, see the event flyer (PDF) and shopping pass donation form (PDF).
For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-644-1447 x16.
November 13-14, 2007
It's That Easy! The Caring Adult's Guide to Talking With Kids About Sex and Relationships
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location TBA, Minneapolis
This training is for professionals who work with or have access to parents with children ages birth to 18. It offers tools and techniques to help parents share age-appropriate sexual health information with their children. The training includes topics such as attachment, parent-child connectedness, brain development, how to engage parents in identifying and sharing family values on sexuality and healthy relationships, and the influence of media and popular culture. Participants receive the It's that easy curriculum and activities/tool box with the expectation that they facilitate the It's that easy workshops with parents in their community settings. For more information, please see the event flyer (PDF) or contact email@example.com, 651-644-1447 x19.
July 11 and 12, 2007
Safe Homes for Homeless GLBT Youth
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location varies - see below
On any given night in Minnesota, there are 204-215 GLBT youth who are homeless. One of the ways that the Twin Cities' community is addressing this problem is through the GLBT Host Home Program. As volunteers, adults open their homes and their hearts to young people who need and are looking for a healthy and nurturing connection. If you are interested in hearing more about this community-based program, please come to one of the following informational meetings:
- July 11 - Midtown YWCA, 2121 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
- July 12 - YouthLink, 41 North 12th Street, Minneapolis
Questions? Call Raquel (Rocki) at Avenues for Homeless Youth: 612-522-1690 x110.
July 16-18, 2007
8th Annual Native American Prevention Program Sharing Conference: Joining Voices
Shooting Star Casino
Hotel and Event Center, Mahnomen
Fee: $30 (up to 3 youth per paid adult attend for free)
Learn about specific prevention programs and strategies that are being implemented with Native American youth audiences; learn about evidence-based programs, principles and practices; network with other prevention program professionals. For more information, please see the conference brochure. (PDF)
August 11, 2007
Latino Family Resource Fair
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Midtown Farmer's Market, East Lake Street and 22nd Avenue, Minneapolis
The Latino Family Resource Fair (La Feria) will celebrate its 13th year as a recognized and reputable tradition within the Minneapolis community. La Oportunidad, Metropolitan Health Plan and the Midtown Farmers' Market are pleased to once again host this fun and informative event for Latino families living in the Minneapolis community and the greater metropolitan area. At La Feria this year, special focus will be placed on educational resources. La Feria is free, open to the public, and offers something for family members of all ages. For more information contact Haley Buenzli at 612-872-6165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 17, 2007
The Teen Brain – A Workshop with Dr. David Walsh
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Paul – Riverfront
11 East Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul
"The Teen Brain" examines the changes in the adolescent brain and offers parents and practitioners guidance on how to use this information to understand, communicate with and stay connected to young people. Dr. David Walsh, president and founder of the National Institute on Media and the Family, has emerged as one of the world's leading authorities on parenting, family life and the impact of media on children and teens. "The Teen Brain" is offered as a stand-alone workshop or as part of the 2007 National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference. For more information, go to Teen Brain Registration.
October 10-11, 2007
33rd Annual Program Sharing Conference on Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention
St. Cloud Civic Center, St. Cloud
Program Sharing is Minnesota's premier conference showcasing effective prevention programs, practices and strategies around the issues of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and related violence (ATOD). This conference highlights evidence-based prevention principles in the domains of planning and evaluation, education and skill development, community organization, public and organizational policy and professional growth and responsibility. To register, please visit www.emprc.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.
National Fatherhood Initiative announces the availability of 145 Fatherhood Resource Center (FRC) awards, featuring a suite of skill-building resources (from curriculum for facilitating change in small groups to interactive CDs and brochures) designed specifically for dads.
For more information, visit www.fatherhood.org.
Deadline: July 20, 2007, 5pm EST
This grant opportunity is designed to improve the health status, relative to HIV/AIDS, of young adult minority populations by eliminating disparities. This program also promotes promising practices and model programs targeting unique minority communities.
For more information, visit www.grants.gov.
Deadline: July 30, 2007
National Fatherhood Initiative announces availability of up to 100 awards, each in the amount of 250 Daddy Packs, a resource designed especially for new and expectant dads featuring skill-building brochures and an interactive CD-ROM, "Directions for Dads."
For more information, visit www.fatherhood.org.
Deadline: July 31, 2007, 5pm EST
The Tiger Woods Foundation supports projects that provide education and youth development to underserved youth ages 5-17, particularly those that focus on youth in urban American cities.
For more information, visit www.twfound.org.
Deadline: August 1, 2007
This grant opportunity is designed for educational programs that respond to social issues, especially those that directly or indirectly strive to improve education or increase skills for its participants.
For more information, visit www.usairways.com.
Deadline: August 1, 2007
Two year grants ranging from $75,000 - $300,00 will be awarded to programs statewide that provide children and youth, 4th – 12th grade, with enrichment activities during those times when school is not in session. Programs selected for funding must: increase school connectedness; support and enhance academic achievement; enhance the capacity of participants to become productive adults; prevent truancy and juvenile crime.
For more information, visit education.state.mn.us.
Deadline: August 3, 2007
The Staples Foundation for Learning® is accepting applications for its educational funding program to support local groups with programs and services that enable job skills and/or education for individuals, particularly for disadvantaged youth.
For more information, visit www.staplesfoundation.org.
Deadline: August 3, 2007
This is a new pilot grants program that will provide funds to individuals, and individuals working with small organizations and groups, who join together to imagine and implement innovative ideas and solutions that lay the groundwork for long-term social change. The foundation is looking for grant proposals that address a need or cause the individual's community thinks is important. Twenty semi-finalists will each receive $10,000 grants to start bringing their ideas to life. Four final grant recipients will then be chosen by the public using an online voting system. These finalists will each be awarded an additional $25,000.
For more information, visit www.casefoundation.org.
Deadline: August 8, 2007
This grant opportunity is designed to help cash-strapped schools implement new programs or purchase new equipment, materials or software for school library or literacy programs.
For more information, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
Deadline: August 10, 2007
America and Walt Disney Company are accepting applications for the Disney Minnie Grants program. The purpose of the program is to support youth led (ages 5-14) service projects focused on the environment, disaster relief, public health and awareness, community education, hunger, literacy or any issue that youth identify as a community need.
For more information, visit www.ysa.org.
Deadline: August 30, 2007
The Women Helping Others (WHO) Foundation - Grants for Grassroots Charities Serving Women and Children
The Women Helping Others Foundation is accepting applications for its grant program to support grass-roots charities serving the overlooked needs of women and children. The Foundation's priority areas are health, education and social services. The Foundation recognizes the value of new programs created to respond to changing needs and will consider funding projects of an original or pioneering nature within an existing organization.
For more information, visit www.whofoundation.org.
Deadline: September 11, 2007
There are no ongoing funding opportunities available at this time.
There are no new inkind grants available at this time.
There are no other resources available at this time.