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January 29, 2004 Legislative Preparation

May 6 - 7, 2004, MOAPPP Annual Conference

Involving Males in Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Be knowledgeable about the needs of the community and the population to be served before implementing your program.

Collaborate with other agencies to provide services and to get referrals. Male program staff is essential, as are male adults from the community. Increase your success in recruiting males by offering employment training, or recreation services, and then provide reproductive counseling and education. Be flexible and willing to test new approaches. Approach the subject of pregnancy prevention with males in a playful, entertaining, and nonthreatening way. The information has to be real and accessible.
Take care to develop a good relationship with the community in which you are developing programs.
Choose lengthier rather than briefer contact with program participants. Tailor different messages and approaches for different ages and developmental stages. Remember that satisfied participants and collaborators are the best source of positive program publicity. Recognize that active parental involvement is difficult to achieve. Be prepared to be resourceful in keeping your program funded. Sources:

Sonenstein, F.L., K. Stewart, L.D. Lindberg, M. Pernas, and S. Williams. (1998.) Involving Males in Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Guide for Program Planners. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute. (202) 857-8687.

Moore, K.A., A.K. Driscoll, and T.Ooms. (1997.) Not Just For Girls: The Roles of Boys and Men in Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Washington, DC: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. (202) 261-5655.

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