December 1999 Issue
funding for Landmark Project
Hold onto your hats!
MOAPPP just received more than $26,000 from the Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation to
coordinate a statewide survey on Minnesotans attitudes toward in-school sexuality
education. The survey, which will be conducted early next year, will ask parents and
caregivers about sexuality education in the schools. On the national level, SIECUS and
Advocates for Youth recently completed a survey in which an overwhelming 93% of Americans
said they want their kids to learn the facts about sex in the high school classroom. Look
for the Minnesota survey results to be released in late summer 2000.
Call the MOAPPP offices at 651-644-1447, 800-657-3697 (in greater MN), if you want
more information about this exciting project.
Survey Shows Teens are "In the Dark About Sexual Health"
On a related
note, many teens are "in the dark about sexual health" and say they need more
information on contraception, HIV and other STDs, according to a recently released Kaiser
Family Foundation Nationwide Survey of Secondary School students about Sexual Health
Issues and Services: The Facts and More. Heres what they found:
that time of year again! MOAPPPs annual donor campaign is in full swing. Recently,
you should have received MOAPPPs 1999 Annual Report, which highlights just a few of
MOAPPPs successes in the past 12 months. But, to keep it going we need your help. If
you havent already, please send a donation to MOAPPP today. With your partnership,
we will continue to make a difference in the lives of teens throughout Minnesota.
Send donations to MOAPPP at 1619 Dayton Avenue Suite 111, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104.
Adolescent Parent Program Funding Falls Short of Need
good news. Close to $1 million in funding was recently awarded by the MN Department of
Children, Families and Learning to 8 adolescent parent programs around the state.
Whats the bad news? The $1 million allocated by the state fell far short of the
level of funding needed. In fact, during this most recent grant cycle, 31 programs
submitted applications for more than $5 million. But the fact remains that teen parents
need our support. And these worthy programs need more public funding and support in order
to help these fragile families get on their feet and stay on them. What can you do?
Talk to your local policymakers about the adolescent parent initiatives in your area
invite policymakers to visit a local program so they can meet the teens and find
out their needs first-hand. And, as the legislature begins work early next year, watch for
Action Alerts from MOAPPP about timely hearings and votes at the Capital.
Be sure your name is on MOAPPPs Action Alert list! Call the MOAPPP offices or
send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Corporation, with sponsorship from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
has developed a Guidebook: Evaluating Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs, a
comprehensive guide to the implementation of evaluation methods into all aspects of teen
pregnancy prevention programming. Whats most interesting is that Sociometrics is
currently seeking field test participants for a study designed to evaluate the quality and
utility of the Guidebook. All kinds of teen pregnancy prevention programs are
invited to participate. And, in exchange for participation in this experimental program,
field test participants will receive a copy of the Guidebook and limited technical
assistance for free.
If youre interested in participating as a Guidebook field test site, call Dr.
John P. Shields, Project Director, at 800-846-3475, ext. 213, or e-mail him at jshields