MOAPPP Announcements

MOAPPP's Annual Report

Annual ReportMOAPPP is pleased to announce the publication of its 2007-2008 Annual Report! We encourage you to take a moment to learn about the scope of our work, and some of the ways in which we partner with youth-serving agencies in Minnesota communities. You may view the report online, download it in PDF format or request a print copy from this webpage.






Join us for the 18th Annual MOAPPP Conference! Join more than 400 colleagues for two days of dynamic speakers, challenging workshops and countless opportunities for networking and conversation. To take advantage of the early registration discount, register by April 17, 2009. For more information and a conference brochure, visit the conference page.

Be an Exhibitor at MOAPPP’s 18th Annual Conference, May 7-8, 2009

Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to promote your program, organization or business to social service and health care providers, educators, advocates, program directors and youth who work to prevent adolescent pregnancy and support pregnant and parenting teens. Exhibit space is limited, so register TODAY! Visit the conference page of the MOAPPP website for more information and an application.

Save the Date! Wednesday, June 10, 2009 for MOAPPP's Annual Benefit

Join other MOAPPP supporters at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant for amazing food by premier chef Jack Reibel, and musical entertainment by Ronn Easton’s All Star Soul Revue, featuring the music of legends like The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Four Tops, The O'Jays, Brothers Johnson, and many, many more all-time magic Motown favorites.

Invitations and more information to follow in late April. We're already tapping our toes in anticipation!

New Resource Available at MOAPPP - Parent Educator Library

We are excited to announce a new resource available to all MOAPPP members, and to participants in the It's That Easy: The Caring Adult's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children training. We recently added more than 35 titles to our onsite library for you to preview or check out. The titles range from Amazing You by Dr. Gail Saltz and What's Going on Down There? by Karen Gravelle to Spanish titles such as Convesaciones: Relatos por padres and madres de hijas lesbianas e hijos gay by de Mariana Romo-Carmona. Plan to stop by to preview the titles in this new section. For more information, contact Jocelyn Broyles, 651-644-1447 x19,

Other Announcements

Minnesota Department of Health HIV/AIDS Telebriefing

You are invited to participate in a conference call on April 15, 2009 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. MDH staff will present highlights of the 2008 data regarding HIV and AIDS cases in the state. For more information on how to participate, see the flyer.

Participate in the Gender Inclusive Sexuality Education Survey

The Gender Inclusive Sexuality Education (GISE) workgroup wants to know what you think! This group plans to offer workshops and trainings to youth-serving professionals, and seeks your input to help them tailor training opportunities specific to your needs. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation!

April, 2009
National STD Awareness Month

During the observance of National STD Awareness Month, April 2009, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) encourages all grantees, local public health departments and clinics to help spread the word about the record numbers of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that continue to be reported throughout the state. In 2008, a record high bacterial STDs were reported. The full news release can be seen at:

To help spread the word, free downloadable posters, fact sheets and materials are available online at:


National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Have you started planning how your organization will promote May as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM)? It is not to late! Observed each May by states and communities throughout the country, NTPPM seeks to involve communities in promoting and supporting effective teen pregnancy prevention initiatives. Visit the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month page on the MOAPPP website for resources and ideas.

May 6, 2009
The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Hundreds of thousands of teens nationwide are expected to participate in the eighth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on May 6, 2009. For ideas on how you can help promote the National Day, please visit the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy page on the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy website.

For Youth


In the coming months, look for the National Campaign’s latest website aimed at young adults. Sex. Really. will launch later this spring, but the first content for the site has already made its debut on YouTube. Fashion Makeover…With a Baby and Chances are the first two in a short series of comedic videos available through the Sex. Really. YouTube channel. Stay tuned for more!

MTV Unwraps GYT: Get Yourself Tested

MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation, working with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its nationwide network of health centers, and other partners nationwide, officially unveiled GYT: "Get Yourself Tested," a campaign to increase testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among those under 25 years old.

In the News

CDC releases Preliminary Data on 2007 Birth Rates

On Wednesday March 18, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released a report that included preliminary data for 2007 on births in the United States. The report shows that the birth rate for teens increased one percent (1%) between 2006 and 2007. Birth rates remained unchanged for younger females, aged 10-14 years, but also increased for women in their twenties, thirties and early forties. Read the full report (PDF).

Syphilis Rates Rise in Minnesota, Particularly Among Young Men

Health officials are expressing concern over a recent rise in syphilis cases in Minnesota. In 2008, early syphilis cases were up 40 percent compared to 2007. Early syphilis—infection of less than one year—is the most infectious stage of the disease and thus of greatest concern to public health. The biggest concern to the Department of Health is that the biggest jump in cases were among young men ages 15-24. For more information, read the MN Department of Health press release.

FDA to Reconsider Age Restrictions on Access To Emergency Contraception

A federal judge has ordered the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to allow nonprescription sales of the emergency contraceptive Plan B to women ages 17 and older—a change to the current limit of age 18—and to "reconsider" its restrictions on selling the medicine without a prescription to anyone. Read the Washington Post article.

FDA Approves New Female Condom

The FDA recently approved a new, cheaper female condom, designed for quieter use. The new design could boost distribution of the product to both US women as well as to women in developing countries that have a high HIV/AIDS concern. Read more at

Time Magazine: How to Bring an End to the War over Sex Ed

A March 19 article in Time Magazine examines the choice one school district in conservative South Carolina made to improve sex education. They are seeing dramatic reductions in the number of teen pregnancies as a result.

Are the Political Stars Aligned for Sex Ed?

A recent Washington Times article describes the changing tide in Washington D.C. regarding the long-standing battle between funding for responsible sex education versus abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

First Ever Cuts to Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding

President Obama signed into law the first-ever cut to community-based abstinence-only-until-marriage funding for Fiscal Year 2009. For more information, visit

REAL Act Introduced

Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act, authored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ), and co-authored by Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum, was introduced on March 17. The REAL Act would establish the first ever federal grant program for responsible sex education. Under the bill, sex education programs would be age-appropriate, medically accurate and provide information about both contraception and abstinence. For more information, visit

University of Minnesota Researchers Discover Promising Compound that May Prevent HIV Transmission

An experimental microbicide containing a naturally occurring compound provides protection in monkeys against the simian version of HIV by diminishing immune responses to the virus. The development of an effective microbicide would be a significant advance in the prevention of HIV transmission in women. Read more at and

New Resources

A Question of Hope: Reducing Latina Teen Childbearing in California

This film is the result of a recent collaborative effort between researchers at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco, with the support of the California Department of Public Health. The film's purpose is to gain insight into the factors associated with teen pregnancy among Latinas in California. For more information and to view the film online, visit

Racial Equity Tools

This website is designed to support people and groups who are working for inclusion, racial equity and social justice. The site includes ideas, strategies and tips, as well as a clearinghouse of resources and links from many sources.

With One Voice (lite)

This new public opinion survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy provides some guidance on what might help to reverse the recent increase in the teen birth rate. Results from the nationally-representative survey make clear that when it comes to teens' decisions about sex, parents are more influential than they think. Download With One Voice (lite) 2009 (PDF).

New Research

Research briefs from Child Trends

Three new research briefs have been issued by Child Trends exploring the recent increase in teen child-bearing, estimates for the future and the importance of remaining focused on reducing the number of teens having babies.

  • Teen Births: Examining the Recent Increase (PDF), explores whether the data reflect a short-term blip or a true reversal in the decline of the U.S. teen birth rate. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy offers additional analysis of the data on their website.
  • Estimating Who Will Become Teen Mothers: Differences Across States
    An estimated 18% of females nationwide will become teen mothers. States vary widely in the estimated percentage of females who will have a baby before the age of 20, ranging from 8% in New Hampshire to 30% in Mississippi. It is estimated that 12% of females in Minnesota will become teen parents.
  • Ten Reasons to Still Keep the Focus on Teen Childbearing (PDF) highlights the need to continue the work that led to a sharp drop in teen childbearing in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Latino Youth

The entire issue of Journal of Early Adolescence, Volume 29 (February 2009) is devoted to research on Latino early adolescents with respect to normative developmental issues during this developmental period such as academic achievement, quality of the parent-child relationship, externalizing and internalizing behaviors and cultural values.

Parental Involvement Laws Have Little Impact on Abortion Rates

Laws requiring parental involvement in minors' abortions—promoted by their proponents as a way of encouraging parent-child communication and lowering the teen abortion rate—appear to do little to reduce teen abortion OR pregnancy rates. Read the full report (PDF) from the Alan Guttmacher Institute.

Pre-Natal Involvement Secures Father-Child Relationship For Unmarried Dads

In a study released in last December, researchers found that pre-natal involvement was critical for unmarried fathers to build a stable family life. The study, based on data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, is summarized at

Incapacitated and Drug-Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault

Incapacitated/drug-alcohol facilitated sexual assault (IS/DAFS) is rapidly gaining recognition as a distinct form of assault with unique public health implications. This study, published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, reports the prevalence, case characteristics and associated health risks of IS/DAFS among adolescent girls.

Impulsivity and Its Relationship to Risky Sexual Behaviors and Drug Abuse

Results of this study confirm that young people with impulse control problems are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior and to abuse drugs. Growing evidence suggests that deficits in the prefrontal cortex may contribute to the poor self-regulation displayed in certain individuals with histories of disruptive behavior.

Sexual Insistence and Disliked Sexual Activities in Young Adulthood

Young adults—both male and female—experience sexual coercion. This study, published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, found that young adults repeatedly engage in sexual behaviors that they dislike; women are considerably more likely than men (12% vs. 3%) to do so.

Ten Promising Practices in Teen Fatherhood Programs

A National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse brief authored by Child Trends, "Promising Teen Fatherhood Programs: Initial Evidence Lessons from Evidence-Based Research," identifies ten common features of "model" and "promising" programs for teen fathers. Read the report (PDF).

Trends in Sexual Risk Behaviors by Nonsexual Risk Behaviors, 1991–2007

This article published in the Journal of Adolescent Health analyzed data from the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey to examine the association between involvement in nonsexual risk behaviors and trends among sexual behaviors. Sexual behaviors varied considerably between youth engaged in no risk behaviors and those in the highest risk behavior groups. The authors suggest that the results raise questions about the potential impact of interventions that would reduce sexual risk taking by reducing nonsexual risk behaviors.


April 28, 2009
The Power of Youth Voice

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
TIES Building
1667 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul

Why engage young people? How can giving young people a voice in the issues that affect them benefit an organization? How can organizations implement this strategy with young people? What do organizations need to consider before engaging young people? If you or anyone in your organization is interested in learning more about Youth Leadership and Youth Voice, this workshop is for you! Come learn from the National Youth Leadership Council about the principles of Youth Leadership and Youth Voice and how to implement them with excellence. For more information, see the event registration form. Questions? Contact Jocelyn Broyles at 651-644-1447 x19 or

April 30 & June 19, 2009
What About the Baby? Nurturing Healthy Attachment in Young Families

April 30, 2009-St. Cloud State University, Atwood Memorial Center, 720 South 4th Avenue, St. Cloud
June 19, 2009-Rochester Community and Technical College, Coffman Hall 206/208, 851 SE 30th Avenue, Rochester

9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Early learning happens in the context of relationships. This workshop focuses on the importance of relationship between adolescent parents and their children and between young families and the professionals who work with them. It offers insight into the strengths and challenges faced by young parents, the competing developmental agendas of adolescent parents and their children, and strategies for promoting relationships that lead to the healthy development of both parent and child. (This workshop has been offered in the past under the title: Relationship Matters). For more information and to register for this training, see the flyer and registration form. Questions? Contact Sue Fust at 651-644-1447 x15 or

Join us for the 18th Annual MOAPPP Conference! Join more than 400 colleagues for two days of dynamic speakers, challenging workshops and countless opportunities for networking and conversation. To take advantage of the early registration discount, register by April 17, 2009. For more information and a conference brochure, visit the conference page.

May 11-13, 2009
Teen Outreach Program (TOP) - Facilitator Training

Northern Service Center
1 Mendota Road West, West St. Paul

This is your LAST CHANCE to participate in this training at this reduced price. The Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is a nationally acclaimed, science-based program that has been shown to prevent adolescent pregnancy and help youth succeed in school. Designed for youth ages 12 –19, TOP incorporates a strong service-learning component based on principles of youth development. TOP has been successfully implemented in a variety of settings and with diverse populations. In addition to the 2½ days of highly interactive training, one participant from each agency receives a copy of the TOP curriculum. For more information and to register, contact Jocelyn Broyles at 651-644-1447 x19,

June 18, 2009
Becoming Indispensable: Ensuring Program Sustainability

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wilder Center
451 Lexington Pkwy North, St. Paul

Now that you’ve implemented an effective adolescent pregnancy prevention program, how can you ensure it is sustainable over time? This training, led by Tom Klaus from Advocates for Youth, Washington, D.C., examines how program and organizational sustainability are interconnected; how evaluation results can build community and financial support; and the optimal conditions necessary for programs to continue beyond the life of their original funding. This session is designed for executive directors, program managers and Board members from community-based organizations. For more information and to register for this training, see the flyer and registration form. Questions? Contact Jill Farris at 651-644-1447 x18 or

June 23-24, 2009
It's That Easy: The Caring Adult's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Children

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sawmill Inn of Grand Rapids
2301 South Pokegama Avenue, Grand Rapids

If you work with parents/caregivers of children birth to 18, you are in a unique position to support them in their critical role as sexuality educators for their children. However, sexuality is not always easy to discuss. Come learn tools and techniques to engage parents/caregivers in developmentally appropriate approaches to raising sexually healthy children. Participants receive the It's That Easy manual, a comprehensive guide designed to help you work with parents in your community.

For more information, see the event registration form. Questions? Contact Jocelyn Broyles at 651-644-1447 x19, Scholarships are available.

Special acknowledgements to our partners for their dedication to this project: Healthy Youth Development–Prevention Research Center-U of MN, Health Start/West Side Community Health Services, Saint Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health, Sexual Violence Prevention Program-MN Department of Health, Teen Age Medical Service, West Suburban Teen Clinic, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota International Health Volunteers.

June 24, 2009
Engaging Boys: Practical Strategies for Promoting the Sexual Health of Young Men

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wilder Center
451 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul, MN

This workshop weaves youth development principles with best practices from around the country for engaging young men on issues of sexual health and responsibility. This highly interactive session, led by Chuck Marquardt from the California Family Health Council, Inc., explores the impact of conflicting social messages about masculinity, creative approaches for involving boys in pregnancy prevention and practical strategies for modifying services to engage young men. For more information and to register for this training, see the flyer and registration form. Questions? Contact Jill Farris at 651-644-1447 x18 or

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 2009. For additional information, visit

No Coalition events for April.

Other Events

April 18, 2009
Building Foundations: A Day of Connection for Mothers and Sons

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Twin Cities

An all-day retreat for 10-12 year-old sons and their mothers or female mentors. Activities are designed to support positive parent-child communication about puberty and sexuality, and to emphasize the value of building healthy relationships. For more information, visit

April 20, 2009
Girls Coalition of Minnesota Intensive WORKSHOPS

  • Project Girl Media Literacy Curriculum Training
  • The Street Outreach Approach to Working with Homeless Girls

12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Neighborhood House
179 Robie Street East, St. Paul

New in 2009, the Girls Coalition of Minnesota is offering pre-conference intensive workshops the day before the 2009 Girls Coalition of Minnesota annual conference (formerly the Minnesota Conference on Adolescent Females). You can register for one of these half-day intensive workshops even if you are unable to attend the full conference! For more information on the FULL SCHEDULE of events, visit

April 20, 2009
Building Cultural Competency with African-Born Youth, Young Adults and Families

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Federal Hiway Credit Union Administration Building
840 Westminster Street, St Paul, MN

This training will integrate the skills of mediators, educators and direct service providers with the context of youth, young adults and families with African heritage living in Minnesota. It is offered with insight from a Muslim faith leader, a youth panel and conversations with others serving refugee/immigrant families. For more information, visit

Parenting With No Workshop

April 20-Duluth
May 9-Rochester
August 17-Moorhead
October 20-Minneapolis
November 6-St. Cloud

Parenting with No, a new workshop from MediaWise with featured speaker Dr. David Walsh, delivers practical, hands-on training based on key messages and strategies from the bestselling book, "No, Why Kids—of All Ages—Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It" which sparked a statewide movement, Say Yes to No. The workshop is designed for parents as well as teachers, early childhood professionals, social workers, parent educators and health care providers. Optional leader’s training is included and continuing education credits will be available. For more information or to register, visit

April 21, 2009
Girls Coalition of Minnesota 19th Annual Conference

Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center

The Girls Coalition of Minnesota seeks to build the leadership capacity of professionals, create opportunities for increased collaboration among organizations and individuals and to highlight emerging issues and research of importance to young women across Minnesota. The 2009 conference will offer workshops on a broad range of topics related to young women and girls. For more information, email or visit

April 21, 2009
From Dr. Seuss to Porn: Countering Normalization of Sexual Harm

12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Schwan's Center at National Sports Center
1700 NE 105th Avenue, Blaine

Living in a sexually toxic society means we're all affected and desensitized, to varying degrees, in both our personal and professional lives. To be effective, prevention requires recognition of these problems, as both a public health and public safety concern, as well as engaging others who care about children’s and society's health. This session presented by Cordelia Anderson, includes activities for discussion and action planning. Attend this workshop and learn:

  • To understand the normalization of sexual harm and its relevance to prevention
  • To identify four factors that normalize sexual harm
  • To identify three actions for prevention

Cost is $25. Certificates of attendance are available. For more information, contact Donna McDonald, Violence Prevention Coordinator, Anoka County Community Health Department 763-422-7047, . This workshop sponsored by the Anoka County Child Abuse Prevention Council and Connexus Energy.

April 24, 2009
Every Student Connected: Supporting Student Connectedness During School Transitions

Brookdale Library
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center

Transition to a new middle or high school can trip up students. Grades and attendance can decline. Learn how successful transition programs can build positive connections between students and their new schools. For more information, see the event flyer or contact Becca Anderson at .

April 29, 2009
World Café: How Can Sexuality Educators and Chemical Health Educators Work in Collaboration?

North Memorial - Outpatient Center Campus (Meet in the "Oak Room")
3435 West Broadway, Robbinsdale

Attend this lively and important discussion about the intersections in our work, identify collaborative opportunities and talk about what’s on your mind! For more information, see the event flyer.

Making the Connections: A Day of Discovery for Mothers and Daughters
May 9 and October 10-Twin Cities
October 3-Rochester

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Girls ages 10-12 and their mothers or female mentors are encouraged to connect and communicate. Through dialogue, activities and discussion, we bring an element of fun and lightheartedness to some important topics, including:

  • Puberty
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Family communication and connection

For more information, visit

May 18, 2009
Straightlaced: How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up

The Children's Theater
2400 South 3rd Avenue, Minneapolis

This feature-length documentary and educational campaign explores how gender expectations limit the lives of all teenagers. Constant pressure to act a certain way, confronting messages about body image, silencing emotions and feelings and making incorrect assumptions about peers are just some of the complex issues brought to light in Straightlaced. For more details, see the flyer (PDF). To purchase tickets, visit

New Online Course
Inside the Adolescent Brain: New Perspectives for Family Planning Providers

This course, sponsored by JSI/NETCAPP, is intended for family planning clinicians, counselors and new staff, as well as school and community-based staff working with adolescents to prevent unplanned pregnancy, and STIs including HIV. For more information, visit