MOAPPP Announcements

May 1 - 2, 2008
MOAPPP's 17th Annual Conference
Broadening Our Perspective: Refining Our Approach
Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center

MOAPPP Annual Conference

The 2008 conference brochure is here! This year's conference will challenge us to Broaden Our Perspective-to reflect on old assumptions and conventional wisdom 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. Early Registration deadline is April 11, 2008. For more information, visit the conference page.

Call for Exhibitors for MOAPPP's 17th Annual Conference

MOAPPP Annual Conference

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. Visit the conference page of the MOAPPP website for more information and an application.

Public Policy Update - 2008 Session in Full Swing

Minnesota's 2008 legislative session is off to a fast start. Last week, an updated economic forecast was released, indicating an expected $935 million budget shortfall. The state is constitutionally required to balance its budget every two years-in this instance by June 2009. You can count on hearing a great deal in the upcoming weeks about plans to manage the expected deficit. To receive updates and action alerts on policy and funding decisions that affect young people in Minnesota, sign up at MOAPPP Advocacy Network and the Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed.

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

It's not too soon to start planning how your organization can promote May as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM). Observed each May by states and communities throughout the country, NTPPM seeks to involve communities in promoting and supporting effective teen pregnancy prevention initiatives. Advocates for Youth has a comprehensive National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) Planning Guidebook,(PDF) that provides strategic tips and examples to help local communities plan and implement activities. Watch MOAPPP's website for more information about Minnesota events during NTPPM.

National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Materials to promote the 2008 National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (May 7, 2008) are now available in the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy's online store. All of the National Day items sold out last year, so remember to place your order as soon as possible. To place an order, visit the 2008 National Day Online Store.

Other Announcements

Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

On March 10th, women and girls are encouraged to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS by getting tested for HIV; practicing risk avoidance and reduction behaviors to prevent HIV; discussing HIV prevention with partners, friends and family and providing support for those living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, read Advocates for Youth publications about young women of color and HIV.

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to increase awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians and work together to create a greater awareness of the disease. Advocates for Youth has compiled a list of information at Read The Facts: HIV and Young American Indian/Alaska Native Women. For more information, visit and

2007 Minnesota Student Survey Results

Results from the 2007 Minnesota Student Survey are available online from the Minnesota Department of Education. You can view statewide, regional and county reports. A trend report is also available. Summaries from alternative schools, area learning centers, juvenile correctional facilities and tribal schools will be available soon.

For Youth

Project Girl Workshop

The Walker Art Center will host a day-long workshop on March 29 dedicated to turning girls, ages 10-14, into critical consumers of mass media advertising and entertainment. To register or for more information, contact or call 612-375-7683.

Summer Journalism Camp

The "Three Sixty” youth journalism program based at The University of St. Thomas is looking for 30 teens grades 9-12 who want to tell stories and explore careers in journalism at a two-week, residential journalism camp this summer. For more information, visit

In the News

New York Times Examines Providing HPV Vaccine to Boys in Effort To Reduce Cervical Cancer Rates

According to the Times, Merck will submit data to FDA this year seeking approval for its HPV vaccine Gardasil to be administered to boys. Gardasil is already approved for boys in Australia, Mexico and the European Union. To read more, visit the Daily Women's Health Policy Report.

Contraceptive Costs at Minnesota Colleges Increasing

The cost of prescription contraceptives at college health clinics in Minnesota has increased up to fivefold since last year. The cost of birth control increased last year as the result of an inadvertent change to the federal law that created a financial disincentive for pharmaceutical companies to sell deeply discounted birth control to college clinics. To read more, visit the Daily Women's Health Policy Report.

Bush's FY 2009 Budget Proposal Increases Abstinence-Only Funding, Flat Funds Family Planning

President Bush's fiscal year 2009 budget proposes to increase spending for abstinence-only education and global health initiatives while eliminating or reducing spending on other health care programs. The proposal includes level funding for the Title V abstinence-only education and Adolescent Family Life Act programs and an increase of $27.7 million funding for Community-Based Abstinence Education Programs. Advocates for science-based approaches to teen pregnancy and STI/HIV prevention continue to oppose investing money in unproven abstinence-only programs. For more information, visit the Daily Women's Health Policy Report.

New Resources

Translating Research Into Practice

The National Center of Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University has made presentations from the recent "Women's Health 2006: Translating Research into Practice" available online. Visit for more information.

Young Asian and Pacific Islander Women are at Higher Risk of STIs than their Male Counterparts

This report details the fact that Asian and Pacific Islander young women are more likely to have had a history of STIs (13%) than young API men (4%). STI rates among API subgroups are shared, as well as recommendations for next steps. Read the report at Predictors of STDs Among Asian and Pacific Islander Young Adults.

Parent-Adolescent Communication about Sex in Latino Families: A Guide for Practitioners

This new publication assesses available information of parent-teen communication in Latino families and pinpoints the research findings that are most useful to practitioners. In addition, the publication gives communication tips for Latino parents in both English and Spanish. For more information, visit (PDF)

New HIV and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resources Available

Four new books on HIV and teen pregnancy prevention are now available from Sociometrics. The books describe Sociometrics' NIH-funded research and development efforts and are available at a discounted price through the following links:

  • Adolescent Sexual Health Education: An Activity Sourcebook
  • The Complete HIV/AIDS Teaching Kit with CD-ROM
  • Tools for Building Culturally Competent HIV Prevention Programs
  • Model Programs for Adolescent Sexual Health (available in May 2008)

Health Care Education and Training (HCET) 2008 Calendar Now Available

Health Care Education and Training, Inc. (HCET) is a nonprofit agency specializing in quality, affordable education, training and program development to enhance reproductive and women's health care. HCET works with federal, state and local health departments as well as private non-profit health organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. For the 2008 training calendar, visit (PDF)

Assessing Adolescent Reproductive Health: A Guide for Out-of-School-Time Practitioners

This brief (PDF) discusses adolescent reproductive health and provides program practitioners with questions that can be used to screen or monitor reproductive health among out-of-school time program participants.

New Research

Social and Emotional Consequences of Refraining from Sexual Activity

This study concluded that sexual education programs should address how adolescents can cope with or prevent negative consequences of refraining from sexual activity, so that decisions to wait are rewarding and decisions to engage in sexual activity are motivated by maturity and readiness. To read more, visit the American Journal of Public Health.

Contraceptive Use Patterns Across Teens' Sexual Relationships

This new research brief from Child Trends indicates that teens in strong, positive romantic relationships are more likely to use contraception. For more information, see the fact sheet (PDF) with research highlights.


March 13, 2008
Diversity Not Adversity: An Honest Dialogue about Differences and Working with Diverse Populations

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Center for Families
3333 North 4th Street, Minneapolis

Led by Clarence Jones of Southside Community Health Services, this open dialogue will engage participants in candid conversations on how we can effectively embrace diversity without losing our souls (sense of self, history, traditions, values, etc.). This session will explore how providers can successfully and sensitively address the health, economic and social needs of adolescents and families of different cultures. For more information, see the event flyer (PDF) and the registration form. (PDF)

March 19, 2008
Relationship Matters: Promoting Secure Attachment in Young Families

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Duluth Building for Women
32 East 1st Street, Duluth

Relationship drives many aspects of infant development, including cognitive, emotional and social development. This workshop focuses on the importance of relationship - between parents and children and between adolescent parents and the professionals who work with them - and how these relationships foster the healthy development of children. It also highlights the strengths and challenges experienced by adolescent parents and their children, and the role every provider can play in enhancing the lives of these young families.

For more information, see the flyer and event registration form. (PDF) Questions? Contact Marilyn Colby Rivkin at 651-644-1447 x15 or

May 1 - 2, 2008
MOAPPP's 17th Annual Conference
Broadening Our Perspective: Refining Our Approach

MOAPPP Annual Conference

Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

This year's conference will challenge us to Broaden Our Perspective-to reflect on old assumptions and conventional wisdom 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. For a sample of keynotes and workshops, visit the conference webpage or view the Conference Brochure. (PDF)

Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed Events

 Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed 

MOAPPP is a founding member of the Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed. 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

April 8, 2008
Youth Lobby Day

12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
State Capitol Great Hall and Rotunda

The Coalition for Responsible Sex Ed is hosting our annual Youth Lobby Day at the State Capitol in St. Paul. This FREE event for young people will include a rally in support of sexuality education, coaching on how to be an effective advocate, lunch and one-on-one meetings with legislators. Advance registration is required by Friday, March 21st. For more information, contact Amy Kodet at or 651-644-1447 x17. Register online or download the registration form and photo consent form. (PDF)

Other Events

March - May 2008
"Lunch and Learns" Enhancing Cultural Competency

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Children's Hospitals and Clinics, St. Paul and Minneapolis

This free workshop series is dedicated to growing cultural competency. For more information, see the event flier. (PDF)

March 12 and 19, 2008
Healthy Sexuality, Healthy Youth

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
American Red Cross
1301 West St. Germain, St. Cloud

Attend this training to explore ways in which adults can more effectively partner with youth to help them learn the facts around sexual health. To register, visit or call 612-624-1999.

March 15, 2008
Q-Quest Youth Fest!

A Conference Exploring and Celebrating the Voices of Queer Youth & Allies

9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Webster Community School
425 NE 5th Street, Minneapolis

This conference will offer young people the opportunity to explore personal identity and voice within the context of a diverse queer community, consider options for education, career and family, and think, create and celebrate with other youth from diverse backgrounds. Visit the Minneapolis Public Schools Calendar to register online.

March 27-28, 2008
2008 Evergreen House Annual Conference: Tools to Empower Youth Professionals and Parents

First Lutheran Church
9th Street & Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji

The purpose of this conference is to bring together youth-serving professionals and parents to share information, network and learn about current issues facing youth and families. This conference is intended for youth organization staff, tribal department staff, teachers and paraprofessionals, county child protection and human services staff, social workers, Rule 25 Assessors, probation officers, mental health professionals and others working in the human services field. For more information, visit

April 1, 2008
Breaking Cycles, Building Circles

Best Western Marshall Inn, Marshall

This conference will focus on breaking cycles of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, community violence, school failure, etc., while healing youth and families in order to build strong circles of support, resiliency and development. For registration fee information and registration forms, visit

April 8, 2008
Let the Healing Begin: Engaging African American Adolescent Males Around Life Choices

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center

This conference provides an opportunity for community leaders, educators and youth service providers to learn ways to engage adolescent African American males around issues of violence and community life. Notions of manhood and masculinity among adolescent African American males will be explored. Participants will learn more practical ways to promote healthy lifestyle alternatives to violence and crime, as well as strategies to promote coping with anger, aggression and societal frustration. For more information, visit

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. For questions about presenting in workshops or becoming a vendor or sponsor, contact Sue Weyer at 651-295-8216.

April 19, 2008
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

A Walk to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence

Registration starts at 7:00 a.m., Walk begins at 8:30 a.m.
Burnsville Center, Burnsville

This nationwide event gives men the opportunity to stand up and "walk-the-walk" to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate the community about support services. Participants are asked to submit their registration forms by March 28, 2008. For more information, contact the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program (SAFE): Fairview Ridges Hospital Attn: SAFE, 201 East Nicollet Blvd., Burnsville, MN 55337 or 952-892-2714.

April 23, 2008
Somali Reproductive Health Forum

12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota Church Center Building
122 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis

Minnesota International Health Volunteers will present the results of its qualitative research study about how Somali adolescents learn and communicate about sexuality and reproductive health. Topics will include cultural norms in the Somali community about discussing sexuality and reproductive health, including parent/youth communication, Somali community perspectives on the importance of educating youth about sexuality and reproductive health, and recommendations for culturally appropriate outreach and education about sexuality and reproductive health for Somali youth. Registration is free but required at

April 23-24, 2008
Strengthening Families to Prevent Child Abuse 2008 Conference

University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Drive, St. Paul

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota announces their annual conference, "Prevention Works: Igniting Change for Families.” For more information and registration, visit or see the conference brochure. (PDF)

April 29, 2008
Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make It Right...Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically

Professionals - 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Lord of Life Church
14501 Nowthen Blvd. NW, Ramsey
Fee: $24

Parents - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Fred Moore Middle School Center for the Arts
1523 South 5th Avenue, Anoka

The Anoka County Child Abuse Prevention Council, an action team of the Alliance for a Violence-free Anoka County, and Connexus Energy announce that Barbara Coloroso, nationally recognized author and speaker, will be presenting at both a professional and community event on Tuesday, April 29. Ms. Coloroso, who wrote, The Bully, The Bullied and the Bystander, will be addressing her remarks based on her new book, Just Because it's Not Wrong Doesn't Make it Right...Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically.

For more information or to register for the professional event, contact Donna McDonald at 763-422-7047 or To register for the parent event, call 763-433-4145.

Funding Opportunities

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Please Note: All deadlines are subject to change. Please verify dates with the funder before submitting a proposal.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Teen Relationship Violence Prevention

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a new initiative to address the prevention of teen dating and sexual violence entitled Building Healthy Teen Relationships. This initiative will support the creation and evaluation of comprehensive community-based models of prevention that aim to decrease relationship violence and increase positive, protective relationship skills. Up to eight geographically and ethnically diverse sites will receive up to $250,000 per year for up to 48 months.

For more information, visit
Deadline: March 17 for online registration of intent to apply and April 16, (3 p.m. ET) for brief proposals

Medica Foundation - Behavioral Health, Healthy Living

Behavioral Health: Filling the Gaps is a funding opportunity designed to develop capabilities or change processes related to the continuum of behavioral health care service interventions, accessibility and sustainability. Individual grants may be awarded for amounts up to $50,000.

Healthy Living is a funding opportunity designed to modify and enhance lifestyles to achieve optimal health status and quality of life. Individual grants may be awarded for amounts up to $30,000.

For more information, visit
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted from March 1 through March 21, 2008 for Behavioral Health and Healthy Living .

Medica Foundation - Reducing Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care

Reducing Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care is a funding opportunity designed to identify gaps in health care for diverse and low-income populations and to develop programming related to the identified racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in the areas of health care literacy and preventive services. Individual grants may be awarded for amounts up to $40,000.

For more information, visit
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted from June 1 through June 20, 2008

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