MOAPPP Announcements

Fall MOAPPP Membership Drive Now in Progress

If you recently received a MOAPPP membership packet in the mail, please take a look at it and consider becoming a part of the only professional association in the state of Minnesota dedicated to adolescent pregnancy prevention and adolescent parenting. In order for MOAPPP to continue to provide its many programs and services, we need your membership support. Visit the membership section of the MOAPPP website today!

Thanks for Making "Let's Talk Month" a Success!

Let's Talk Month

MOAPPP thanks our partners and friends for their support in making 2007 "Let's Talk Month" a great success. Thanks to everyone that passed out information, gave a presentation or just took a moment to talk to a young person. Looking forward to "Let's Talk Month" 2008!

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) and Holiday Gift Giving

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

Other Announcements

Emerging Answers 2007

This publication, an update of the ground-breaking Emerging Answers published in 2001 by Dr. Doug Kirby, provides information on effective programs to prevent teen pregnancy including curriculum-based sex education, youth development and service learning programs; describes the characteristics of effective sex and STD/HIV education programs; and provides new evidence for other promising approaches to reducing sexual risk. The publication lists eight new effective programs to prevent teen pregnancy and STDs. The report was released on Wednesday, November 7 and can be found on the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy's website.

Select Winning Films for Scenarios USA!

Scenarios USA needs your help to select the winning entries from our "What's the REAL DEAL about Masculinity?" writing contest. Scenarios USA is a nonprofit organization that hosts an annual story, play and scriptwriting contest for youth ages 12-22. Read more and sign up for the Selection Committee by November 28, 2007 at

2008 European Study Tour

Advocates for Youth and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are sponsoring the eighth European study tour from February 29 - March 16, 2008. The organizations will select 30 participants to explore and identify strategies, programs and policies in the Netherlands, France and Germany that have influenced adolescent sexual behavior and outcomes. Applications are due on December 2, 2007. For more information, visit

In the News

Majority of U.S. Adults Favor Distribution of Contraceptives in Public Schools, Poll Finds

Sixty-seven percent of U.S. adults favor allowing public schools to provide contraceptives to students, including 37% who favor providing them only to children whose parents have consented and 30% who favor providing them to all students who ask, according to a recently released poll. Read more information about the poll results at

Minnesota Says No Thanks to No-Sex Funding

A recent article by Josephine Marcotty (PDF) highlights the Minnesota decision to not apply for federal funding for Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage programs. Advocates have long spoken out for federal and state funding that support programs backed by evidence of effectiveness, and are pleased with the state's decision.

Speaking of Sex

A recent article by Laura Billings in the Mpls/St Paul Magazine highlights the topic of sex education in Minnesota public schools.

New York City Department of Education Recommends 'Research-Based' Sex Education Curriculum for City High Schools

The New York City Department of Education recently announced it would recommend a research-based sex education curriculum called Reducing the Risk at all high schools in the city. Reducing the Risk encourages students to delay sexual activity and provides information about contraception and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. For more information, visit

New York State Declines Federal Funds for Abstinence-Only Sex Education Programs, Health Commissioner Says

New York state has rejected approximately $3.5 million in funding from the federal Title V abstinence education program and will spend the $2.6 million that the state provided for the same abstinence program on other sex education programs. "The Bush administration's abstinence-only program is an example of a failed national health care policy directive," State Health Commissioner Richard Daines said, adding that the policy is "based on ideology rather than on sound scientific-based evidence that must be the cornerstone of good public health care policy." For more information, visit

Los Angeles Times Examines Some Congressional Democrats' Support of Abstinence-Only Education

The Los Angeles Times recently examined the outlook for federally funded abstinence-only sex education programs. Although some Democrats have "long criticized the programs" for being ineffective at curbing sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy, the programs are "surviving attempts to shut them down" in part because of support from House Appropriations Committee Chair David Obey (D-Wis.) and other Democrats. For more information, visit

House Decision to Increase Funding for Abstinence-Only Sex Education Leaves Youth 'Vulnerable,' Opinion Piece Says

House Democratic leaders' decision to increase federal funding for abstinence-only sex education programs in order to attract Republican support for legislation that would reauthorize and expand could "leave millions of young Americans vulnerable to sickness and suffering of the most preventable kind," New York Times op-ed contributor Amanda Robb writes in a recent opinion piece. For more information, visit

NPR Examines HIV/AIDS Education on U.S. College Campuses

NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday" recently reported on efforts to educate U.S. college students about HIV/AIDS. According to NPR, most colleges "operate on the principle that students already know about HIV." The NPR audio of the segment is available online. For more information, visit

Average Medical Costs for Prenatal Care and Childbirth in U.S. About $7,600, Government Report Says

Medical expenditures associated with an uncomplicated pregnancy and hospital birth averaged approximately $7,600 in 2004, according to a new report released by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. For more information, visit

CDC Awards $35 Million to Support HIV Testing and Increase Early Diagnosis of HIV among African Americans

The CDC announced that it is giving state and local health departments a total of $35 million for HIV testing, diagnosis and education. The funds will be used to target minority populations that are affected by HIV and AIDS. While African Americans are only 13 percent of the U.S. population, out of the 1 million plus Americans that are living with HIV, nearly half of those people are African American. For more information about the states that received funding, visit

Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Family Planning Clinics in Providing the HPV Vaccine

Clinics are an especially important source of health information and services for low-income and minority women, who are at particularly great risk of developing and dying from cervical cancer. To read more, visit Guttmacher Policy Review.

School Health Policies and Programs Study 2006 (SHPPS)

The results of this study conducted every six years by the CDC will appear in the October 2007 issue of the Journal of School Health. SHPPS 2006 describes key school health policies and programs across all eight school health program components: health education, physical education and activity, health services, mental health and social services, nutrition services, healthy and safe school environments, faculty and staff health promotion, community and family involvement. For more information, visit

Abstinence-Only Sex Education Programs Not Effective at Preventing Spread of HIV in High-Income Countries, Study Says

A recent study conducted at the University of Oxford found that abstinence-only programs had no significant effect in either decreasing or increasing risky behavior when compared with control groups. For more information, visit

Defining Virginity and Abstinence: Adolescents’ Interpretations of Sexual Behaviors

This study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health examined adolescent conceptualizations of virginity and abstinence and whether differences in adolescent definitions of these terms differed by age, gender, ethnicity and sexual experience.

New Resources and Research

Minnesota Youth Snapshot

The Minnesota Department of Education and the Department of Public Safety have released the first in a series of reports about Minnesota's young people. Each quarter MDE and DPS will complete a Snapshot focusing on issues facing Minnesota youth. For more information, visit

Young Fathers Video and Workshop Guide

This two-disc package features the award-winning Young Fathers documentary, which focuses on two young fathers, Dupree and Anthony. It provides an intimate portrait of their lives, especially their relationships with their children. The film explores the challenges of early parenthood, healthy co-parenting relationships, child support and marriage issues. Anthony's and Dupree's experiences highlight the circumstances of many low-income fathers, including those who have been involved with the criminal justice system. For more information, visit

HPV Test More Accurate than Pap Test at Detecting Cervical Cancer, NEJM Studies Say

Human papillomavirus tests are more accurate than Pap tests in the detection of cervical cancer and precancerous changes in the cervix, according to two studies published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. For more information, visit

New Study Finds Connection Between Abusive Relationships and Teen Pregnancy

A new study finds a significant connection between abusive relationships and pregnancy in adolescent girls. Researchers from UC Davis found that one quarter of adolescent girls who reported a history of relationship abuse also reported that their abusive partners were actively trying to get them pregnant by manipulating birth control or condom use, or by explicitly stating that they wanted them to become pregnant.

Educational Outcomes and Family Well-Being of Teen Parents: A Description of the High School Graduation, School Attendance, Subsequent Births and Child Welfare Contacts of Teen Parents Served in Ramsey County, Minnesota

This report from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) Minn-LinK at the University of Minnesota shares evaluation outcomes from a study of adolescent parents using the Ramsey County MFIP program. The full report (PDF) is available, a well as a two-page summary. (PDF)

Updated Resource: Unmarried Fathers' Guide to Paternity, Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support in Minnesota

The Unmarried Fathers' Guide to Paternity, Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support in Minnesota has been recently updated and is now available online. The update includes information about the new child support laws as well as information not previously covered such as how a child's name is decided, custody evaluations and parenting plans. To view and download the new guide, visit (PDF) More resources for fathers including publications, handbooks and reference guides are also available.

Kiss and Tell: What Teens Say About Love, Trust and Other Relationship Stuff

This brochure is a compilation of findings taken from a national survey of young people, key themes and quotes that emerged from a survey conducted on the National Campaign website, and from focus group research conducted in 2007 throughout the United States. To view the brochure, visit (PDF)

I Wanna Hold Your Hand: The Progression of Social, Romantic and Sexual Events in Adolescent Relationships

This study found that social and romantic events among adolescents, such as spending time with one's partner in a group and holding hands, were far more common than sexual events, such as touching one's partner without clothing, and typically preceded sexual events in the trajectory of relationship events. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Adolescents' Discussions About Contraception or STDs with Partners Before First Sex

In this study, researchers found that youth with greater perceived condom knowledge and who communicated with their parents about everyday life were more likely to discuss contraception or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) before first sex. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

New Report Examines Drop Out Rates for Girls

The National Women's Law Center just released a new report, When Girls Don't Graduate, We All Fail: A Call to Improve High School Graduation Rates for Girls. The report finds that one in four girls drops out of school, and that one-quarter to one-third of female dropouts say that pregnancy or becoming a parent played a role in their decision to drop out. The report outlines specific proposals to help reduce dropout rates, providing additional support for pregnant and parenting students. To read the report, visit (PDF)

Double Jeopardy: New Brief on Repeat Births to Teens

Twenty percent of births to female teens ages 15-19 in 2004 were to teens who were already mothers. Child Trends' new research brief, Repeat Teen Childbearing: Differences Across States and by Race and Ethnicity, highlights state-level data on second and higher order births. The brief presents factors and programs that can help to prevent repeat births to teenage mothers. To read the report, visit (PDF)

New Report: Childhood Sexual Abuse and Teen Pregnancy

Produced by the National Campaign and Child Trends, this report provides an exhaustive review of recent literature on the link between childhood sexual abuse and teen pregnancy and related sexual behaviors. You can download the report at (PDF)

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools

The Center provides technical assistance and publications/resources for those who are concerned with enhancing policies, programs and practices related to addressing barriers to student learning and promoting mental health in schools. The Center’s Online Clearinghouse provides information on a growing range of youth-related topics.

Putting Positive Youth Development Into Practice: A Resource Guide (February 2007)

This guide by the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NCFY) provides those interested in youth development with a solid understanding of the theory behind the PYD approach, as well as practical advice for launching and running programs that support the positive development of young people.

Preparing Staff to Work with Immigrant Youth

This report developed by the National Youth Development Information provides the context of the immigrant youth experience and practical tips for hiring, developing and retaining staff to work with this population. A training manual and power point presentation are also available to complement the report.


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.
Minnesota Church Center, 122 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis
Fee: MOAPPP member $100/ Non-member $135
Includes Lunch

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, see the event flyer (PDF) or contact, 651-644-1447 x19. Space is limited.

Other Events

November - January, 2008
What's New with Teens and Their Families? Research Update for Professionals

Online Workshop sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service

What is normal teen behavior? How do families change through the teen years? This online workshop helps professionals who work with families of teens, explore current research in normal adolescent development and what it means for the parent-adolescent relationship and the two-way relationship between teens and an overview of their larger family system including child agency and parenting styles. Participants have opportunities to reflect on workshop content and explore what it means for their work with families. To register or view an online brochure, visit Questions? Contact Colleen Gengler, or 1-888-241-4635.

November 8, 2007
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Basics and Beyond Conference

Holiday Inn St. Paul East
2201 Burns Avenue, St. Paul

This one-day conference highlights current research, successful prevention and intervention strategies, and federal and state policies related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. For more information on keynote speakers, workshops and registration information, see the conference brochure. (PDF)

November 12, 2007
Sex Ed and the State

Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota
300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis
6:30 p.m.

When a bill is supported by strong research, a surgeon general's report and an overwhelming majority of Americans - what happens when it's introduced in the Minnesota state legislature? Attend this free documentary showing to learn more about the debate over the best strategy to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. To watch a one minute clip and for more information about the film, visit

November 14 - November 15, 2007
Fall Fatherhood Seminars: Working with Never-Married Families

Workshop dates and locations:
Rochester, November 14, 2007
Saint Cloud, November 15, 2007

Join Minnesota Fathers and Families Network (MFFN) and the University of Minnesota Extension for one of eight sessions across Minnesota titled "Counting and Serving Never-Married Families." Learn key statistics and recent research about never-married parents; gain a better understanding of the national "fragile families" research, with a focus on fatherhood; learn about themes impacting never-married parents including relationship issues, co-parenting styles and support for children; share concrete ideas for supporting unmarried parents in local program delivery; and network with other community professionals on topics of fatherhood and family development. Details are available at or by calling MFFN at 651-222-7432.

November 14-17, 2007
Healthy Teen Network 2007 National Conference
On Their Turf: Creative Ways of Supporting Teens & Young Families

Baltimore, Maryland

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, visit the 2007 Conference Home page.

November 15, 2007
Journeymen - Boys to Men film premiere

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Riverview Theatre, 3800 South 42nd Avenue, Minneapolis

This one-hour documentary is about two adolescent boys who change their lives through a Boys to Men Mentoring program. It examines the current state of American male culture - including the issue of father absence. For more information, contact Mike Obsatz at 763-522-4564 or Charlie Borden at 651-222-2551 or visit

November 20, 2007
The Five Protective Factors

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
A Videoconference Offered in 15 Minnesota Locations

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota and the DHS Children's Trust Fund present a statewide videoconference about the power and importance of the Five Protective Factors: conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. Protective factors serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children find resources, support and coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. The videoconference will be a time to learn about the research behind the Five Factors, as well as hear from community organizations that are using the Five Factors to help build strong families and children. The registration form is available at

November 20, 2007
Fundraising Fundamentals

5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Cross of Glory Church, 5929 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center
Free and Open to the Public

This workshop is for youth-serving organizations located in Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council member cities (Brooklyn Center, Champlin, Coprcoran, Crystal, Golden Valley, Hanover, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo or Rogers). This session will be taught by John Reilly and will cover finding the funders who support your work, building relationships with them, preparing successful grant proposals and developing a fundraising plan for your agency. Youth are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 763-503-2520 or email

November 29, 2007
A Window of Hope: AIDS Awareness Dinner

The Gale Mansion, 2115 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis
Free and open to the public

Each year there are more new HIV infections, indicating that people either aren't learning the message about the dangers of HIV, or are unable or unwilling to act on it. Join Community Action of Minneapolis for an informative evening on HIV/AIDS and dinner at the Gale Mansion. Leave educated and willing to act to decrease the number of new infections in our community. To RSVP, call 612-334-3672 x410.

December 3, 2007
Shutting Off the Tap to Teens: A Conference Focused on Reducing Underage Drinking

Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington

Many high school students believe college will be a time of unbridled alcohol use. Dr. Ehlinger, Director, Boynton Student Health Services, U of MN discusses how this attitude impacts college life including grades, finances and mental health, and can lead to legal problems. For more information, see the event brochure. (PDF)

January 14 - 15, 2008
Minnesota Fatherhood Summit

Minnesota Fathers and Families Network's fifth annual winter conference will be held on January 14-15, 2008 at the St. Cloud Civic Center. This year's theme is The State of Fathers & Families in Minnesota. Conference sessions explore the state of fatherhood in Minnesota by examining various groups of fathers and families and by promoting targeted services that positively engage men in families. MFFN's winter conference is annually 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. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit

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Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support (MDHFS)- RFP for TANF Program Agency Referral

MDHFS is soliciting proposals from independent contractors, and non-profit or for-profit organizations/agencies for developing organizational referral relationships to identify all Minneapolis pregnant teens and link them to public health nursing home visiting and other services. To be eligible for consideration, proposers must document experience/expertise in providing services to pregnant teens, establishing organizational referral relationships in the public health area and working with public health nursing services.

For more information, visit
Deadline: November 13, 2007 by 4:00 p.m.

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