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Moappp Events

February 10, 2005
Girl Culture Gallery Event for Friends of MOAPPP

February 10 & 17
Working with GLBTQ Youth: Self-Reflection and Action

February 14, 2005 (CANCELLED!)
Sexuality Education for Life-MN Coalition Day at the Capitol

February 24, 2005
Lauren Greenfield Girl Culture Lecture/Book Signing

May 5-6, 2005
MOAPPP Annual Conference

Other Events

January 15 - March 27, 2005
Girl Culture photography exhibition by Lauren Greenfield

February 4, 2005
Drug Training/Update

February 8, 15, 24 and March 1, 2005
The TALK: An Intercourse on Coming of Age

February 21, 2005
Girls Rock! The Capitol 2005

March 25, 2005
¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina!

April 11-12, 2005
2005 MN Conference on Adolescent Females

Opinion Pieces

Our fathers, mothers, and grandparents came from a generation indelibly marked by war. Through their eyes of history we have seen the grief of thousands, the sacrifice of so many, and the daily resilience to carry on. The day we thought would never come has arrived and now our children and adolescents will look at the world through the shadow of uncertainty. Our children and teens are the next generation to be changed by war.

Traditionally, the month of October is recognized as "Let's Talk Month", a national initiative to encourage parents and other caring adults to discuss sexuality and the importance of postponing early sexual involvement with the children and teens in their lives. This year, the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention, and Parenting are asking parents to talk with children and teens openly, honestly, and respectfully about their fears, their struggle with adjusting to our world's uncertainty, and their views of their future.

We must listen to our children and teens, their confusion, their anger, their fears. We must also listen to their courage and their commitment to building a safer future. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, story after story emerged of brave firefighters, emergency personnel, and police officers. Our children and teens watched these stories as well and many of them responded by giving blood and collecting money for emergency relief agencies, following in the footsteps of the courageous. Your children and teens listen, watch, and learn from your own actions, the way you talk with and about others, and care for yourself.

We know that teens are less likely to engage in early and unsafe sexual activity, drugs, tobacco and alcohol usage, and other behaviors if they feel closely connected to the adults in their lives, at home and at school. Lack of close relationships with parents and other caring adults, detachment from school activities, and a bleak view of the future all contribute to teen pregnancy. Service learning, vocational education and training programs, and youth development and school activities can be refuges of normalcy and courage for our youth.

Last month, Star Tribune columnist, Kim Ode wrote a column on the return to 'normalcy' (September 18, 2001). She wrote, "Normalcy seeks us out in the humblest of ways, in old habits and rituals, and the simple pace of nature." Of other countries struggle with terrorism, she observed, "Normal is not only possible but indispensable."

Talk to sons as well as daughters. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other caring adult in a young person's life, consider their future health. Talk to them. Listen to them. Be available to answer all of their questions. Young lives are depending on you.

Nancy Nelson
Executive Director
Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention, and Parenting