MOAPPP Monthly
June, 2000

Interested in organizing a teen pregnancy prevention program in your community? Then, MOAPPP’s new publication, Get Started! MOAPPP’s Teen Pregnancy Puzzle Community Organizing Guide, is for you. Organized in an easy-read format, Get Started! includes Minnesota-specific details about:

How to conduct a needs assessment
How to find funding
How to use the media to your advantage
How to choose the right program and strategy
How to evaluate your progress

In fewer than 30 pages, Get Started! guides readers step-by-step through the process of developing a community-based teen pregnancy prevention program or project. Based on MOAPPP’s nationally-recognized Teen Pregnancy Puzzle©, Get Started! is designed specifically for individuals and organizations who want to "cut to the chase" and Get Started! in preventing teen pregnancy in their communities.
Ready to Get Started!? Send a check for $20, including postage, to: MOAPPP, 1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 111,St. Paul, MN 55104. Or call the MOAPPP office today.

Congrats to MOAPPP Awards winners
The leaders in the movement to prevent teen pregnancy and support teen parents were recognized recently with MOAPPP Annual Awards. The year 2000 award recipients are:

Teens of the Year: Helena Hoff and Brandie Davis, Woodbury Junior High School; Kellen McWhite, Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
Program of the Year: North HS Pilot City Health Center Peer Educators
Individuals of the Year: Ruth Hiland, Minneapolis Public Schools; Nathan Blake, Project SIGHT
Policymakers of the Year: Minnesota Senator Linda Higgins and Minnesota Senator Sheila Kiscaden
MOAPPP Members of the Year: Barb Kyle and Lynn Brofman

The award winners were selected based on their leadership and contributions to the prevention of teen pregnancy. Each of these individuals and programs have made a significant and lasting impact on the lives of teenagers throughout Minnesota.
For a complete listing of the award recipients and their accomplishments, call MOAPPP or check our website,

In late-breaking news, MOAPPP has been awarded $10,000 from the Ms. Foundation for Women to provide leadership and advocacy on comprehensive sexuality education and minor’s consent to confidential health care services. Primarily, MOAPPP will be using the grant to expand the efforts of Sex Education for Life – Minnesota. This growing, grassroots coalition currently has 29 members representing educational, religious, health, social service, and advocacy organizations, including MN Nurses Association, MN AIDS Project and Lutheran Social Service. Individuals (e.g. parents, youth) and organizations are invited to join this coalition and to support its mission "to promote lifelong healthy sexuality by advocating for legislative policies on comprehensive sexuality education and access to confidential health care services."
To learn more about Sex Education for Life – MN, comprehensive sexuality education or the Ms. Foundation grant, check our website or call the MOAPPP Office.

On May 1-2, MOAPPP welcomed more than 350 to our 9th Annual Conference. Under the theme, "Stepping Up to the Challenge," participants explored and discussed topics ranging from supporting teen parents to dealing with female gang members. In particular, keynote speaker, James Wagoner, President of Advocates for Youth, described the European approach to sexuality education and challenged participants to expand their concept of "comprehensive sexuality education" and healthy youth development.
Mark your calendar now for MOAPPP’s 10TH Annual Conference, May 3-4, 2001 at the Earle Brown Heritage
Center in Brooklyn Center.

Going online: new trend in teen sex-ed
More and more, teenagers with questions about relationships, sex and other health issues are going online, according to Kathleen Kelleher, writer of the Los Angeles Times column, "Birds & Bees." Teens are asking and getting instantaneous answers from websites that serve as anonymous and useful sources for information.
What sites are teens visiting? Check these out:,,,