Teenwise Minnesota

Teenwise Minnesota October 2011 E-Monthly

Teenwise Minnesota Announcements

Meet Teenwise Minnesota's New Interim Executive Director!

Teenwise Minnesota is pleased to announce that Marilyn Colby Rivkin has been hired as Interim Executive Director. We are excited to have Marilyn at the helm as we continue our search for the next Executive Director of Teenwise Minnesota.

Marilyn is a strategic leader who has a wealth of experience in program management, program planning and evaluation, and fund development, as well as expertise in adolescent sexual health and adolescent parent support. She comes to this work with a passion for young people and a deep understanding of the realities of the nonprofit world.

Many of you know Marilyn from her tenure at Teenwise Minnesota from 2001-2008. She was a strong member of the Teenwise Minnesota team—recognized for her leadership, vision and commitment to the organization. Since leaving Teenwise Minnesota, she has continued to be engaged in the field through Turnham Rivkin Consulting, LLC, working with a variety of adolescent health organizations throughout the Twin Cities.

Teenwise Minnesota is in the midst of change. We have a new name and a bold vision for the future. We are confident that with Marilyn's leadership, we will continue to provide the high quality training, education, resources and advocacy you have come to expect.

You can reach Marilyn at marilyn@teenwisemn.org.

Please join us in welcoming Marilyn back to Teenwise Minnesota!

Teenwise Minnesota Staff Transitions

We said good-bye in September to Program Coordinator, Jocelyn Broyles, who is focusing on her graduate program in leadership studies. Jocelyn coordinated MSERRP—the resource review panel that we manage for the Minnesota Department of Education—and helped build the It's That Easy! Initiative for parent educators over the last five years. She was also a trainer on evidence-based sex education programs, and provided support to local organizations to implement programs well. We wish her well on her journey.

We also said good-bye to Program Manager, Sue Fust, who led the Adolescent Parent Network for more than two years. Sue built our resource, training and technical assistance content regarding adolescent parent services from an outline to a nationally recognized model. Her advocacy efforts on behalf of teen parents included working with the National Women's Law Center to promote understanding of how the federal Title lX applies to young parents, as well as sparking Teen Parent Connection groups in several counties. As far as we can tell, Sue was the only person in the entire state working full-time to ensure the future success of young parents. We are currently assessing what parts of this work we can continue given our funding realities.

Changes like these prompt many questions, and highlight the ongoing challenges we're all facing. Please send Jocelyn and Sue your best wishes, and continue your support for the work we do on behalf of Minnesota's young people.

Let's Talk Month...There's Still Time...

Let's Talk Month• To plan an event or workshop for October's Let's Talk Month. Visit our Let's Talk Month web page to find ideas.

• To publicize Let's Talk Month events on our state-wide calendar (PDF).

• To encourage parents/caregivers to begin the conversation with the young person in their life.

New Resources

Latino Resource Center Now Available!

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is pleased to announce the launch of the Latino Resource Center. The Resource Center is an easy to use, one-stop online destination for information about teen and unplanned pregnancy among U.S. Latinos. The Resource Center contains a wealth of materials and activities to initiate and/or supplement existing efforts to address teen pregnancy in the Latino community.

New Research

Beyond the Call of Duty: A Study of Minnesota Teachers' Additional Responsibilities Related to Sexuality Education

Researchers in this study in the American Journal of Sexuality Education conducted focus groups with sexuality educators in Minnesota to explore ways that teaching sexuality education differs from teaching other health education content and to determine if additional supports or resources are needed for sexuality educators. Teachers described many specific additional responsibilities or concerns related to sexuality education, including a) interacting with parents, b) interacting with administration, c) addressing students' personal concerns, d) managing sensitive information in the classroom, and e) developing and updating lesson plans. Findings suggest that Minnesota teachers often go above and beyond their usual responsibilities to provide quality sexuality education for their students, both in and out of the classroom.

Substance Use, Sexual Intercourse and Condom Nonuse Among Depressed Youth

Researchers in this study in the Journal of Adolescent Health examined the association of substance use with occurrence of sex and condom nonuse among depressed youth. The study showed that depressed youth were less likely to have sex within hours after substance use and more likely to have sex within 12 hours after marijuana use. There was no main effect of substance use on condom nonuse. Study authors concluded that findings from this small, predominantly female sample suggest that contextual factors, not intoxication, influence associations of substance use with sexual behavior in depressed youth.

Masturbation and Sexual Behaviors Among US Adolescents

More males (73.8 percent) reported masturbation than females (48.1%). Masturbation was associated with numerous partnered sexual behaviors in both males and females. In males, masturbation was associated with condom use, but in females it was not. The authors of this study in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine concluded that sexual development is a dynamic process during adolescence, and masturbation is an enduring component of sexuality. Fundamental differences appear to exist between male and female sexual expression. Health care providers should recognize that many teens masturbate and discuss masturbation with patients because masturbation is integral to normal sexual development.

Transdermal Contraception As a Model for Adolescent Use of New Methods

Authors of this study in the Journal of Adolescent Health examined the factors related to adolescents' decisions to use the transdermal contraceptive patch so as to develop a model for understanding how adolescents decide to use new contraceptive methods. The researchers constructed a two-level model, encompassing individual, social and environmental factors, to explain adolescents' decisions to use a new method of hormonal contraception. Social and environmental influences on the decision-making process included media, social network experiences and opinions, healthcare providers, and partner relationships. These in turn affected the following individual factors in the decision to use the patch: individual characteristics, method knowledge and beliefs, method support and past contraceptive experience. The newness of the patch permeated all levels of the decision-making process. This model provides a framework for understanding the use of new contraceptive methods and can inform clinical strategies for contraceptive counseling with adolescents.

Teenwise Minnesota Events

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Other Events

October 6, 7, 18, 25, 27, 28, 31 and November 2, 2011
Weighing In: How Father Involvement Fosters More Active, Healthier Children

10th Annual Fall Fatherhood Seminar Series

October 6, 2011 - Little Falls
October 7, 2011 - Park Rapids
October 18, 2011 - Rochester
October 25, 2011 - Minneapolis
October 27, 2011 - Willmar
October 28, 2011 - St. Paul
October 31, 2011 - Proctor
November 2, 2011 - Alexandria

In this day-long seminar presented by Minnesota Fathers & Families Network, the University of Minnesota Extension Program, the Emily Program and the Minnesota Department of Health, family and health professionals will learn strategies to help fathers use their place at the table to improve relationships with activity, food, eating and self for their children, stepchildren and families. For more information, visit www.mnfathers.org or call Bob at MFFN with questions at 763-473-7432.

October 8, 2011
Mother-Daughter Retreat
Making the Connections: A Day of Discovery for Mothers and Daughters

Twin Cities

Planned Parenthood's Mother-Daughter retreats help girls ages 10-12 and their mothers or female mentors connect and communicate. Through dialogue, activities and discussion, there is an element of fun and lightheartedness to some important topics including: puberty, healthy sexuality, family communication and connection. Email education@ppmns.org or call 612-821-6198 for more information and to register.

October 18, 27 and November 1, 10 and 15, 2011
Parenting Teens

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center, Room 148
1001 Highway 7, Hopkins
Cost: $45 for five class section or $12/individual class

Parenting is a journey. Engage with other parents and parent education facilitator to share concerns, experiences and wisdom around parenting. Attend one to five classes.

Topics include:

  1. Effective Parenting: Communication, Independence Setting Limits
  2. Teen Development (Brain, Social/Emotional and Physical)
  3. Anger, Stress and Anxiety in Teens and Families
  4. Healthy Sexuality (Communicating Values, Relationships, Safety)
  5. Cyber Safety (Social Networking, Sexting, Monitoring Online)

Register online at www.hopkinscommunityed.org or call 952-988-4070 for more information.

October 20 and 21, 2011
Nurturing Adolescent Parent Families Conference

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center
11385 Grant Drive, Northglenn, CO

The Nurturing Adolescent Families conference will bring together multi-disciplinary individuals dedicated to improving the lives and relationships of adolescent parents. Participants will explore issues facing adolescent families and practice concrete tools to strengthen and enhance their work with this vulnerable population. For more information and to register, visit www.howtoreadyourbaby.org.

November 1 - December 9, 2011
Youth Work Matters

This online course takes an in-depth exploration into the foundational research and theories of positive youth development and provides an opportunity for youth practitioners to intentionally strengthen programs. Online activities include both synchronized group time and individual self-paced learning. Participants will engage with an online community to:

  • explore the field of youth development,
  • wrestle with foundational research and theories, and
  • produce ideas of how to apply the course content to working with youth and develop networks with other youth workers.

For more information and to register, click here.

December 7-9, 2011
National Sex Ed Conference

This year's conference, in Somerset, NJ, features:

  • 42 workshops—twice as many as last year
  • 3 longer pre-conference workshops
  • 4 keynotes that address sexuality education through the lifespan
  • An international panel discussing Sex Ed Around the World;
  • Poster presentations of research featured in the American Journal of Sexuality Education; and
  • A screening of the documentary film "Let's Talk about Sex"

For more information and to register, visit sexedconference.com.



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