Minnesota Program Resources: Teen Pregnancy Prevention
MOAPPP offers information on effective program models and strategies, program profiles, and assistance with program planning. Contact MOAPPP to learn more about the following types of teen pregnancy prevention efforts or to obtain program contacts in Minnesota:
Often involves older teens trained to do education/outreach specifically with same age or younger teens.
Include teachers or community health educators who deliver comprehensive sexuality education in schools and community-based settings. Topics may range from abstinence to contraception to decision-making skills.
Typically involves a number of people representing different agencies, or speaking from different personal experiences.
Faith Community Involvement
Programs that involve or are sponsored by a religiously affiliated institution or organization.
These programs support a comprehensive approach to teen pregnancy prevention, and may include components such as family life and sexuality education, medical and health services, opportunities to participate in performing arts and sports, career planning and job opportunities, and academic tutoring.
These programs target younger children and their parents, and focus only on postponing the onset of sexual intercourse.
Using television, radio, and print media to increases awareness about teen pregnancy and to target specific messages to parents and children.
Programs that target specific racial/ethnic groups (e.g., Hmong, Cambodian, African American, Latino/Latina).
A group of citizens/residents, agencies and youth in a community who work together to increase awareness about teen pregnancy, to reduce the teen pregnancy rates, and to improve services to teen parents.
Parents as Sex Educators
Programs for parents to learn how to better communicate with their children (e.g., answer questions, share values) about sexuality and related issues.
HIV/STD Prevention Programs (Minn. Stat. 121.203)
Mandated in schools since 1988, the program requires current and up-to-date curriculum and developmentally appropriate instruction. School districts are required to work in collaboration with parents and public health agencies.
Minnesota Education Now and Babies Later / MN ENABL (1995 MN Omnibus Education Act and 1995 Family Law Act)
This program utilizes a multi-faceted, primary prevention, community health approach to reducing adolescent pregnancies, and is targeted to 12-14 year olds, their parents and other primary care givers, and their communities, including schools. The goal and focus of MN ENABL is postponing sexual involvement. (24 grantees for 1998-1999)
Abstinence Education Community Grants (Federal welfare reform legislation P.L. 104-193, Title V, Section 510)
This initiative’s goals are to reduce adolescent pregnancy and promote a standard of abstinence. The program targets youth 14 and under, with the expectation that positive behaviors learned early will carry over to later adolescence. (14 grantees for 1998-1999)
Male Responsibility (Minn. Stat. 126.84, 1995 MN Omnibus Education Act)
Local programs are funded to help reduce teen pregnancy, teach child development and parenting skills, and the responsibility of parenthood to young people, especially males ages 10-21. (9 grantees for 1998-1999)