A longtime ally passed away in December. Debra Delgado, most recently of The Atlantic Philanthropies, was the architect of Plain Talk, or Hablando Claro, while with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Her energy and enthusiasm on behalf of young people was remarkable: her willingness to forge new paths in the areas of adolescent sexual and reproductive health moved the field forward. We were fortunate to have worked closely with Debra on the Plain Talk initiative, and will carry her vision for healthy youth into our current and future work.
Please join the MOAPPP staff and Board of Directors in saying farewell to Lisa Weisman, MOAPPP Development and Communications Director. Lisa left MOAPPP at the end of November to spend time with her family and to pursue new opportunities.
For the past six years, Lisa has worked behind the scenes at MOAPPP-researching funding opportunities, writing grants, managing MOAPPP's membership and individual giving programs, planning fundraising events and overseeing MOAPPP's external communications. Additionally, for the past twelve years, she has been involved as a volunteer in developing programming and providing mentoring for adolescent mothers. We wish her well.
MOAPPP is excited to announce a new training and technical assistance partnership, "Promoting Science-Based Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention through the Teen Outreach Program (TOP)". MOAPPP is seeking three to five youth-serving agencies to participate in a three-year training and technical assistance partnership. During this period, MOAPPP will provide support for partner sites to prevent teen pregnancy through the Teen Outreach Program (TOP).
Using a new tool called Getting to Outcomes, recently developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MOAPPP will help the selected sites conduct a community needs assessment, create goals and objectives to steer program implementation, receive TOP curriculum training, develop an evaluation plan and surveys, assist in program start-up and create a strategy for program sustainability.
Applications are due Friday, January 25, 2008
MOAPPP is seeking an Information and Resource Management Intern to increase dissemination and use of science-based information and resources regarding adolescent reproductive health. For more information, see our job opportunities page.
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/or 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.
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.
Each year, MOAPPP honors individuals, agencies, policy advocates 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 visit the conference page of the MOAPPP website to download the nomination form.
Minnesota, along with 23 other states, will hold its 2008 precinct caucuses on what has been dubbed Super Tuesday. Precinct caucuses are the first step used by Minnesota's major political parties to select the candidates and issues they will support in the elections. For more information on how to participate in your local precinct caucus, see the Minnesota Caucuses (PDF) brochure.
- President Bush Signs $555B Omnibus Spending Bill Affecting Title X and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding
- Teen Birth Rate Rises for First Time in 14 Years
- U.S. Senator Proposes Bill Supporting Age-Appropriate Sexuality Education, After-School Programs
- FDA Proposes New Warning Label for Some Contraceptives
- Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs Face Rejection
- New Mexico Will Not Reapply for 2008 Federal Abstinence-Only Education Funds
- New York Times Examines Why Risky Behavior is Common in Teens
President Bush Signs $555B Omnibus Spending Bill Affecting Title X and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding
The spending bill increases funding for the Title X family planning program by $17 million for a total of $300 million. The bill also maintains funding for community-based abstinence-only-until-marriage programs at the previous year's level of $113 million. For more details, visit the Daily Women's Health Policy Report.
The teen birth rate in the United States rose in 2006 for the first time since 1991, and unmarried childbearing also rose significantly, according to preliminary birth statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The statistics are featured in a new report, Births: Preliminary Data for 2006, (PDF) prepared by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics and are based on data from over 99 percent of all births for the United States in 2006. Although the findings in this early version will not change, the final report will have more detailed data.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has called on Congress to approve legislation (S 1137) he introduced earlier this year that would fund age-appropriate sexuality education and after-school programs after a CDC report issued in December found that the U.S. teen birth rate increased last year for the first time in 15 years. For more information, visit the Daily Women's Health Policy Report.
The FDA has proposed new warning labels for over-the-counter contraceptive products containing nonoxynol-9-including diaphragms, gels, foams and films. These products would have to include a warning that nonoxynol-9 can irritate the vagina and that products containing this spermicide may increase the risk of HIV transmission, Reuters reports. Health advocates who have been concerned about the lack of a warning label on these products applaud this move. For more information, visit www.kaisernetwork.org.
The number of states refusing federal money for "abstinence-only" sexuality education programs jumped sharply in the past year as evidence mounted that the approach is ineffective, according to The Washington Post. Fifteen states have either notified the federal government that they will no longer be requesting the funds or are not expected to apply, forgoing more than $15 million of the $50 million available, officials said. For the full article, visit The Washington Post.
In a growing trend among states, New Mexico has become the 15th state to reject Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage funding. The New Mexico Department of Health cited their commitment to using evidence-based programs as the reason for the refusal. Minnesota rejected the funds earlier this year. For more information, visit the Daily Women's Health Policy Report.
A recent article in the New York Times examines reasons why young people are more likely to engage in risky behavior. Included is a discussion about how skills-based interventions, like the kind included in responsible sexuality education curricula, can contribute to healthy growth. For more information, visit the Daily Women's Health Policy Report.
Although the proportion of young teens who have had sex has decreased in recent years, early pregnancy and parenthood continue to be a concern. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently released Science Says #33: The Sexual Behavior of Young Adolescents, which provides new data on the sexual behavior of young teens and offers recommendations to parents, policymakers and those working with young teens. Read more at www.teenpregnancy.org.
There is a new Minnesota Student Survey page on the Minnesota Department of Health external website. Results from the 2007 Student Survey will be released in mid-January and will be added to this web page.
- Sexuality Education Before Age 15 Discourages Teens from Becoming Sexually Active, CDC Study Finds
- Greater Risk of Sexual Health Problems if Initiating Sex When Younger or Older Than Average
Recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the current issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, shows that teenagers who have had formal sexuality education before age 15 are more likely to abstain from becoming sexually active. To read a summary, visit the Daily Women's Health Policy Report.
Published in the American Journal of Public Health, this study found that those engaging in sex at a relatively young age had some risk factors for STIs. It also found that both early and late starters were at increased risk of complications in sexual function. An abstract of the study is available from the Daily Women's Health Policy Report.
January 16, 2008
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2324 Emerson Avenue South, Minneapolis
Led by nationally recognized author and trainer, Bill Taverner, his one-day workshop is designed to increase professionals' understanding of the dynamics, complexities and risks of adult-teen relationships. For more information and to register, see the Unequal Partners Flyer and Registration form. (PDF) This workshop is co-sponsored by MOAPPP, Minnesota Department of Education-Safe and Healthy Learners and Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD. For more information, contact Jocelyn Broyles at 651-644-1447 x19 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 27, 2008
Teen Pregnancy Prevention 101
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
2324 Emerson Avenue South, Minneapolis
This training is intended 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; basics of adolescent growth and development; 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. An informational flyer and registration form will be available in mid-January on the MOAPPP website. For more information, contact Jill Farris at 651-644-1447 x18 or email@example.com.
May 1 - 2, 2008
MOAPPP's 17th Annual Conference
Broadening Our Perspective: Refining Our Approach
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Save the date for MOAPPP's 17th annual conference. This year's conference will challenge us to Broaden Our Perspective—to reflect on conventional wisdom and current assumptions about the youth we serve and the work we do—and Refine Our Approach to better match the realities and opportunities that exist today. Join more than 400 colleagues for two days of dynamic speakers, challenging workshops and countless opportunities for networking and conversation. Conference brochures will be mailed in mid-February.
MOAPPP is a founding member of the Sexuality Education for Life Coalition. The Coalition advocates for policies on sexuality education and access to confidential health care for minors. Here is a list of Coalition events for 2008. For additional information, visit www.sexedforlife.org.
February 5, 2008
Sex Ed for Life - Youth Advisory Group Meeting - Planning Youth Lobby Day
Future Meetings to be Determined
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Help plan the 2008 SEFL Youth Lobby Day at the Capitol!
Youth who have previously attended a lobby day and newly interested youth are invited to participate in planning this year's event. Youth and young adults interested in participating in this year's Youth Advisory Group meeting should contact Amy Kodet at MOAPPP at 651-644-1447 x17 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 13, 2008
Sex Ed for Life - Advocacy Skills Building Workshop
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Church Center, 122 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis
This year's member meeting will be an advocacy skills building event. Hear updates on the status of state and federal sexuality education and learn how to lobby decision makers about the importance of effective programs. To RSVP for this free event, contact Amy Kodet at MOAPPP at 651-644-1447 x17 or email@example.com.
February 19, 2008
Sex Ed for Life - Capitol Lab
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
State Office Building 346
Get comfortable finding your way around the Minnesota State Capitol. This event will familiarize Coalition members with the State Capitol and the legislative process. Join us for an inside look at how the political process works. This event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP by contacting Amy Kodet, MOAPPP Public Policy Intern at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-644-1447 x17.
April 8, 2008
Sex Ed for Life - Youth Lobby Day
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
State Capitol Great Hall and Rotunda
Youth and their parents will learn about the legislative process and issues surrounding comprehensive sexuality education and minors' consent. Please join us for this opportunity to learn about SEFL issues, hear from advocates and legislators, and if schedules permit, meet with the legislators from your district. For more information, contact Amy Kodet at MOAPPP at 651-644-1447 x17 or email@example.com.
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
The Costs of Sexual Violence In Minnesota: How to Use this MDH Report in Your Community
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
If you want help in talking about the information in this report, or in strategizing about how to use the information, join this discussion with Donna Dunn from the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Laura Hutton from the Minnesota Department of Health. Registration is required. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. For a copy of the MDH Cost Report, visit the Minnesota Department of Health.
January 14, 2008
2007 Minnesota Student Survey Statewide Trends
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 4:30 p.m.)
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.)
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.
January 18, 2008
Every Student Connected: Building Capacity to Connect With Immigrant Students and Their Families
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center
The student population of schools is rapidly changing—even faster than the population of teachers. This can create challenges for teachers and other school staff as they try to connect with students from different backgrounds than their own. They need information and skills to support such connections to ensure the success and safety of all their students. Sponsored by the Initiative for Violence-Free Families at Family & Children's Service, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. For more information, contact Jeannette Raymond at email@example.com, 612-728-2084. Registration is due by January 11, 2008.
January 21-September 29, 2008
Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) 2008 Online Courses
CEED is offering a variety of online courses that may be of interest to those working with adolescent parents and their children. Examples include: Parent-Infant Pathways: An Educator's Guide to Providing Information and Support to New Parents; Introduction to Infant Mental Health; Addressing Needs of Young Children Who Engage in Challenging Behavior; and Relationship-based Teaching With Young Children. Go to the CEED website to print a 2008 schedule and informational flyer. (PDF)
January 28-29, 2008
Minnesota School Health Education Conference
Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, 7800 Normandale Drive, Bloomington
This two-day conference will focus on providing participants with best practice teaching and learning strategies and resources that will lead to serious, thoughtful, informed, responsible and state-of-the-art teaching, with the goal of improving health education in Minnesota schools. Visit www.bemidjistate.edu (PDF) for more information and to register.
January 30, 2008
2007 Minnesota Student Survey Results Video Conference
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meeting sites throughout the state
Prevalence and trend data from the 2007 Minnesota Student Survey will be presented by Ann Kinney and Peter Rode from the Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics. Registration for this video conference is online at www.surveymonkey.com. For more information, contact Jay Jaffee, firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-201-5496.
January 30-February 2, 2008
Strong Foundations Conference 2008: Turning Challenges into Possibilities: Supporting Families with Young Children
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, Duluth
Strong Foundations is Minnesota's birth-to-three conference for healthy development. For more information and to register, visit www.regonline.com.
February 8, 2008
Every Student Connected: Working to Create Equitable Schools by Challenging Class Stereotypes and Classism
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Center Community Center, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center
Social class differences between teachers and students, if left unexamined, can disconnect students and their families from schools. School staff can build their awareness, challenge existing assumptions and adopt practices that build solid connections with students and families from all social classes. For more information, contact Jeannette Raymond at email@example.com, 612-728-2084. Registration is due by January 11, 2008.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by the Minnesota Women's Consortium, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
April 15-16, 2008
18thAnnual Minnesota Conference on Adolescent Females
University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul
This conference offers a variety of educational and creative learning opportunities for women and men who work with adolescent girls featuring workshops, panels of girls speaking for themselves, creative arts performances and a book and resource fair. The conference is designed to enlighten, support and inspire all professionals who are concerned about the future of adolescent girls. For additional questions about presenting in workshops or vendor/sponsor information, contact Sue Weyer at 651-295-8216.
Please Note: All deadlines are subject to change. Please verify dates with the funder before submitting a proposal.
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
Young Men at Risk: Transforming the Power of a Generation, looks to identify the most innovative approaches to help young men ages 15 to 25 fulfill their potential and become healthy, successful adults. RWJF is especially interested in providing support to organizations that are outside the formal network of health-care providers, such as grassroots organizations, faith-based organizations and advocacy organizations. Awards up to $5,000 will be made to up to three competitors. Winners get a chance to enter the larger vulnerable populations competition for a chance at $1 million in funding.
For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
Deadline: January 23, 2008
The purpose of the Positive Alternatives Grant Program is to fund alternatives-to-abortion programs whose purpose is to support, encourage and assist a woman in carrying her pregnancy to term and caring for her baby after birth. In the last four years, this program provided support to several adolescent parent programs statewide.
Application forms are available at the Minnesota Department of Health website. Technical Assistance workshops will be held around the state starting in January. Direct questions to Mary Bochek, Positive Alternatives Coordinator, at 651-201-3581 or email@example.com.
Deadline: March 3, 2008
There are no ongoing funding opportunities available at this time.
There are no new inkind opportunities available at this time.
There are no new other resources available at this time.