LTM is a national campaign that promotes parents as their children's primary sexual health educators. It is an opportunity for faith communities, media, businesses, schools and community agencies to assume leadership roles in supporting communication between young people and the adults in their lives. Visit the LTM section of MOAPPP's website for information about how your organization can become a LTM partner.
Hennepin County Public Health and Human Services Department has created "Let's Talk" tins. The tins hold questions that parents can use to initiate meaningful conversations with their children at mealtime or anytime. If your organization would like a supply of tins to distribute to the families your organization serves, contact Jocelyn at email@example.com or 651-644-1447 x19
MOAPPP's annual conference brings together more than 400 health and social service providers, educators, advocates and managers who work to prevent adolescent pregnancy and support pregnant and parenting adolescents. We invite you to submit a workshop proposal for this year's conference. Go to the conference page of the MOAPPP website for more information.
Join the MOAPPP Advocacy Network to stay connected to policy and funding issues related to youth development programs, adolescent sexual health and support for adolescent parents and their children. You will join a growing number of concerned citizens, and will receive e-mail alerts when it is important for you to take action.
The Guttmacher Institute, a leading non-profit research organization committed to improving and promoting sexual and reproductive health, has received a grant from the Ford Foundation to explore the challenges high school students face in accessing information about sexual health. The Guttmacher research team would like to partner with a public school in the Midwest or the South to conduct interviews with high school juniors and seniors in early 2008. Students of all races, ethnicities and economic backgrounds will be interviewed and eligible schools should reflect this diversity. This qualitative study is for investigative purposes, and does not involve any interventions; rather, this study seeks to inform future research and policy by listening to students, in their own words, relate how they obtain information about abstinence, pregnancy prevention and safe sex.
All interested health educators, school administrators and faculty, please contact Lucy Hebert, Research Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachel K. Jones, PhD, Senior Research Associate, at email@example.com. For information about the Guttmacher Institute, visit www.guttmacher.org.
The Minnesota AIDS Project is looking for interested youth, ages 13-18, to apply to become a MN-TAP member for the '07-08 school year. MN-TAP members work with fellow teens to influence their awareness and knowledge about policies affecting adolescent sexual health, and to engage them as community leaders. For more information about how you can become involved, please contact Kate Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-373-9162. Additional information is available from the event flyer (PDF)
Scenarios USA is a non-profit organization that uses writing and filmmaking to foster youth leadership, advocacy and self-expression in underserved teens. They host an annual story, play and scriptwriting contest for youth ages 12-22, and need your help to select the winning entry that will be turned into a Hollywood-produced short film. This year's contest topic is What's the REAL DEAL about Masculinity? Time commitment is minimal. For more information, visit www.scenariosusa.org or call 866-414-1044.
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. For more information, visit www.advocatesforyouth.org.
- Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine Covers Minnesota's Sex Education Debate
- First Daughter Jenna Bush Launches Book Tour that Aims to Get Teenagers Involved in Issues, Including HIV/AIDS
- Advocacy Group Launches Ads Urging Massachusetts Governor to Accept Federal Abstinence-Only Sex Education Grant
- HPV Vaccine Gardasil Partially Protects Against an Additional 10 HPV Strains, New Data Show
- 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Rules that Philadelphia Clinic did not Violate Rights of Minor, Parents by Dispensing EC on Request
- Black AIDS Institute Releases Report on State of HIV/AIDS Among U.S. Blacks
- New Study Finds Connection Between Abusive Relationships and Teen Pregnancy
- Suicide Trends Among Youth and Young Adults
Former St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist, Laura Billings, thoroughly examines the sex education debate in Minnesota in the October edition of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, available on newsstands this month.
First Daughter Jenna Bush Launches Book Tour that Aims to Get Teenagers Involved in Issues, Including HIV/AIDS
First daughter Jenna Bush recently launched a three-month, 25-city tour to promote her nonfiction book, titled Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope, that profiles a 17-year-old single mother in Panama who is HIV-positive. Bush said that the book is a "call to action," adding that there are many issues, such as HIV-related discrimination, that young people can address. For more information, visit www.kaisernetwork.org.
Advocacy Group Launches Ads Urging Massachusetts Governor to Accept Federal Abstinence-Only Sex Education Grant
Citing results from a congressionally-commissioned study by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently rejected continued federal funding to promote abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. The National Abstinence Education Association launched an advertising campaign calling on the Governor to accept the federal grant. The director of the NAEA said that Massachusetts is the first state targeted in NAEA's ad campaign but that more could come. To read the Mathematica study, visit www.mathematica-mpr.com.
Merck recently released data showing that its human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil partially prevents infection of 10 HPV strains in addition to the four HPV strains targeted by the vaccine. For more information, visit www.kaisernetwork.org.
3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Rules that Philadelphia Clinic did not Violate Rights of Minor, Parents by Dispensing EC on Request
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on Friday ruled unanimously that a city health clinic did not violate a 16-year-old girl's rights or those of her parents when it gave her emergency contraception without notifying her parents. For more information, visit www.kaisernetwork.org.
This report looks at the state of AIDS among blacks in the U.S. It features statistics on the HIV/AIDS epidemic among blacks; information about CDC testing reforms; and the status of HIV/AIDS, treatment, prevention and mobilization efforts. To see the full report, visit www.blackaids.org.
Published in the journal, Ambulatory Pediatrics and released last week, this study finds that one quarter of adolescents with histories of abusive relationships said that their abusive partners had actively tried to get them pregnant by manipulating condom use, sabotaging birth control and making explicit statements about wanting them to become pregnant. To read more, visit www.endabuse.org.
The authors found that the largest percentage increase in suicide rates from 2003 to 2004 was among females, ages 10-14 (76% increase), followed by females, ages 15-19 (32% increase) and males, ages 15-19 (9%). The authors conclude that, where indicated, health authorities and program directors should consider focusing suicide-prevention activities on these groups to help prevent suicide rates from increasing further. Suicide Trends among Youths and Young Adults Aged 10-24 Years: United States, 1990-2004.
- National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Releases Guide, What Helps in Providing Contraceptive Services for Teens?
- Online Course about Covering the Bases: Adolescent Sexual Health
- Emergency Birth Control Pills: The Role of Educators and Youth Serving Professionals
- One Test. Two Lives (OTTL)
- Integrating Viral Hepatitis Prevention into Public Health Settings
- Free Online Magazine Provides Guidance for Parents of Teens
- Media Campaign Launches Phase II of Parent Chronicles
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Releases Guide, What Helps in Providing Contraceptive Services for Teens?
Over the years, the National Campaign has produced and disseminated a number of detailed reports and publications designed to answer this question. What Helps is an overview of what is known about carefully evaluated clinic interventions that help prevent teen pregnancy. For more information, visit www.teenpregnancy.org.
Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this online course was developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help pediatricians overcome their self-reported barriers to sexually transmitted infection and HIV prevention counseling and testing for adolescents. For more information, visit www.pedialink.org.
This document includes a brief summary of the importance of emergency birth control pills as a pregnancy prevention method for adolescent and young adult women in South Carolina. It provides suggestions for actions that educators can take to improve youth's knowledge of and access to emergency birth control pills, including a lesson plan and resources for educators about emergency birth control pills. To view the document, visit www.morningafterinfo.org.
One Test. Two Lives is a health communications program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help obstetricians and nurse-midwives ensure that all of their patients have the opportunity to learn their HIV status as a routine part of prenatal care and to protect their newborns from HIV infection. This campaign builds on the significant progress to date in reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission, and gives providers new tools to further reduce the number of infants born with HIV. Visit the One Test. Two Lives (OTTL) website for more information.
This supplement presents approaches used by state and local health programs to integrate viral hepatitis prevention services in correctional facilities, sexually transmitted infection and HIV prevention and treatment programs and other public-health settings serving at-risk individuals. To see the full issue, visit www.publichealthreports.org.
ParentingTeensOnline is a free online magazine for parents of teenagers, ages 12-19. The magazine and website offer practical, expert and parent-guided advice and information on teen health, media and technology, drugs/alcohol, sexuality, education, volunteering, sports and social issues. The editorial director says "because adolescence can be challenging for parents, we let them know what's happening before they need to know it." For a free subscription, visit www.parentingteensonline.com.
As part of its continuing Parent Chronicles initiative, the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has developed a new set of action items and quiz questions that encourage parents to explore their teens' lives and help bridge the generation gap. Many parents are in the dark when it comes their teen's world-they don't understand the lingo, the pressures they face, or even how their child relates to his/her peers. Learning more about their teen's world helps parents better communicate and relate to their child. To view the Parent Chronicles initiative, visit www.theantidrug.com. Downloadable versions for community groups can be found at www.mediacampaign.org.
November 7, 2007
Relationship Matters: Promoting Secure Attachment in Young Families
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Center for Families
3333 North 4th Street, Minneapolis
Fee: MOAPPP member $40 / Non-member $75
Relationship drives many aspects of infant development, including cognitive, emotional and social development. This interactive workshop featuring Carol Siegel offers an introduction to the infant mental health framework—the definition, history and current knowledge about what works— and examines implications for our work with adolescent parents and their children. For more information see the event flyer (PDF) and the registration form (PDF) for the workshop. For questions, contact Marilyn Colby Rivkin at email@example.com or 651-644-1447 x15.
November 7, 2007
Adolescent Parent Forum and Resource Fair
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Center for Families
3333 North 4th Street, Minneapolis
A free event sponsored by MOAPPP, Minneapolis Teen Parent Connection, Northwest Teen Parent Connection, Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support and Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health.
TThis forum and resource fair is for anyone who works with teen parents, their families and the programs that serve them. Come for a great opportunity to learn, network and share information. There will be a keynote presentation, "Relationship Matters: A Brief Introduction to Infant Mental Health" by Carol Siegel, PhD and exhibits of a wide variety of adolescent parent programs and resources. For more information or to register as a participant or exhibitor, see the registration form. (PDF) For questions, contact Marilyn Colby Rivkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-644-1447 x15. This event is sponsored by MOAPPP, Minneapolis Teen Parent Connection, Northwest Teen Parent Connection, Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support and Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health.
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
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 email@example.com, 651-644-1447 x19. Registration is due October 15. Space is limited.
October 11, 2007
Healthy Sexuality, Healthy Youth
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Merrick East Side Community Center, St. Paul
Sexuality can be one of the most difficult topics for adults to discuss with youth. Yet young people desperately need adults to be comfortable in talking with them openly and honestly about sex and sexuality so that they receive accurate information. Join us as we explore ways in which adults can more effectively partner with youth to help them learn the facts around sexual health. For more information, visit www.youthworkinstitute.org or contact Cece Gran at 612-624-9117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 16 - November 15, 2007
Fall Fatherhood Seminars: Working with Never-Married Families
Workshop dates and locations:
Minneapolis, October 16, 2007
Moorhead, October 23, 2007
Bemidji, October 24, 2007
Hutchinson, November 1, 2007
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 www.mnfathers.org or by calling MFFN at 651-222-7432.
October 18, 2007
Spiritual Advantages of Involved Fatherhood
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis - Office of Indian Ministry
3045 Park Avenue, Minneapolis
Emotionally connected and involved fathers help their kids become more mature and compassionate. Michael Obsatz, PhD, will explore the role of the "father" in our children's lives. He will also examine masculinity, and look at ideas that encourage nurturing fatherhood and those that do not. The spiritual beliefs of fathers will be discussed, including experiencing the wonder of youth and creation, the deepening of their own feelings and feeling more connected to others. This is a joint effort of The Office of Indian Ministry and Anishinabe Academy. To register, call 612-824-7606.
October 19, 2007
Conference on Sexual Minority and Gender Variant Youth: An Educational Conference
College of Dupage, Glen Ellyn, IL
This educational conference on issues facing sexual minority and gender variant youth includes information on the following topics:
- LGBT Youth and Substance Abuse
- Intersection: Race and Sexuality
- Comprehensive Sexuality Education
- Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Youth in Schools
- The Vision: Safe Schools for LGBTQ Youth
- Developmental Challenges for LGBTQ Youth
- Ally Practice: A Rehearsal for Real Life
- The Practice: Model Safe School Programs
- Resource Tables and Networking
Contact information for questions:
Nancy Mullen at QYC, 815-754-5331 or email@example.com
Maryann Krieglstein at the College of DuPage at 630-942-2103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Jarczyk at NCO Youth & Family Services at 630-961-2992 x223 or email@example.com
Registration is available online at www.ncoyouth.org.
October 20, 2007
Third Annual - Native American Celebration Day
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Midtown Public Market
East Lake Street and 22nd Avenue South, Minneapolis (by the Midtown YWCA and the Light Rail Station)
This event will feature 40-50 health resource tables, cultural activities and entertainment such as drum group, exhibition dancers, tobacco, wild rice, bustle making demonstrations and more! If you are interested in participating by hosting a health/resource table, please contact Tammy Didion at 612-721-9816 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 25-26, 2007
Wise Guys Curriculum Training
Wise Guys is a promising teen pregnancy/STI prevention program focusing on adolescent boys ages 11-17 and young men up to age 29. The curriculum covers topics such as healthy relationships, sexuality, goal setting and violence prevention. This training is for those who wish to implement prevention programs with boys and young men, such as educators, health care workers, mentors, coaches and counselors. Wise Guys is also available in Spanish. For more information, visit www.wiseguysnc.org.
Sexual Behavior in the African American Community: The Hidden Stigma
The Minnesota Association of Black Social Workers will present an HIV/AIDS conference entitled, Sexual Behavior in the African American Community: The Hidden Stigma. Rev. Donald Archey, author of Pastor, How did you get AIDS? will be a keynote speaker and the short film Hidden Closet, by Nhiz Will Productions, will be shown. Youth are especially invited to attend. For more information, contact Deseria Galloway at 612-348-5827 or 612-596-9393. Visit www.cdcpin.org for more information.
October 27, 2007
"Keeping it Real" In Our Lives - Third Annual Teen Relationship Summit
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church
585 Fuller Avenue, St. Paul
Teen sessions, adult forum and intergenerational "speak out" for youth (7th-12th grades). Topics to be discussed during the summit will include the dynamics of the parent-child relationship, media influence, peer pressure, dating and human sexuality. For more information or to register, contact email@example.com or call 651-224-0341.
October 29, 2007 - Mankato
November 11-12, 2007 - Twin Cities Metro Area
Dads Make a Difference (DMAD) Teen Training
Fee: $55: Includes one-night lodging in Mankato or Twin cities, or $45 for one-day training in Mankato. Sliding fee or scholorships available.
Dads Make a DifferenceTM trains senior high teens, male and female, to teach a 4-lesson curriculum about the importance of fathers in children's lives to middle school-age youth in grades 6-9. The curriculum includes lessons on examining risky behavior, legal issues of fatherhood, father-child involvement, responsible decision-making and more. Both trainings are open to teens from schools and agencies statewide. For more information, see the program flyer (PDF) or contact Jan Hayne at 651-222-1622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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, visit the 2007 Conference Home page.
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 www.mnfathers.org.
Please Note: All deadlines are subject to change. Please verify dates with the funder before submitting a proposal.
Grants are for girls between age 10 and grade 10 to fund a special interest that has sparked their imagination, creativity or a dream they may not have thought possible. Girls must have an adult mentor who will guide her through the application process. Grant amounts range from $100-$500.
For more information, visit www.annbancroftfoundation.org.
Deadline: November 1, 2007
One-year and two-year funding is available. One-year grants ($2,000-$7,000 over one year) provide seed money for new projects. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls. Two-year grants ($5,000-$10,000 over two years) provide start-up funds for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls' sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities.
For more information, visit www.aauw.org.
Deadline: January 15, 2008
The goal of the Foundation's Reproductive Health and Rights program is to ensure that all women and girls in the U.S. have the power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproduction. The foundation supports organizations and projects engaged in leadership development, organizing, education, policy research and advocacy. Grants do not fund direct service delivery unless it is linked to policy and advocacy.
For more information, visit www.generalservice.org.
Deadline: February 1, 2008 (Letter of Inquiry).
There are no ongoing funding opportunities available at this time.
There are no new inkind opportunities available at this time.
Online Funder Databases
There are many options for finding grants through online databases. Fees range from $19.95 for one month to nearly $2,500 for a year. Here is a list of some of those databases; check them out to see if one is a fit for your organization:
- Foundation Directory Online
- Prospect Research Online ("PRO Platinum")