MOAPPP Monthly
April 2000

REGISTER FOR THE 9TH ANNUAL MOAPPP CONFERENCE NOW
MOAPPP’s 9th Annual Conference is right around the corner —May 1-2 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. Under the theme "Stepping Up to the Challenge," this event will give participants the opportunity to celebrate, renew and strengthen their commitment to comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention and support services for teen parents. Keynote speakers will be James Wagoner, President of Advocates for Youth, and Lurline Baker-Kent, Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Urban Technology. Registrations postmarked on or before April 10 are eligible for a reduced conference rate and by becoming a MOAPPP member, you’re eligible for an even lower rate.
Register now for MOAPPP’s Annual Conference. Call MOAPPP at 651-644-1447, 800-657-3697 (in Greater MN) for registration materials.

AWARDS NOMINATIONS DUE MARCH 17
Time is almost up to nominate your favorite individual, agency, policy maker, teen or program for a MOAPPP Award. Now in its 7th year, the MOAPPP Annual Awards honor the individuals, agencies, policy makers and programs that have made outstanding contributions in the areas of adolescent pregnancy, prevention or parenting in Minnesota. The awards will be presented at MOAPPP’s Annual Meeting on May 2, 2000 (during the Annual Conference). Categories are Outstanding Individual; Teen of the Year; Policy Maker of the Year; Member of the Year; and Program, Coalition or Agency of the Year.
To obtain a nomination form, call the MOAPPP offices, 651-644-1447/800-657-3697, or download a copy from our website, www.moappp.org.

NEW IN THE INFOEXCHANGE
New to the Infoexchange: "Teenage Fatherhood and Delinquent Behavior," a recent publication from the US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquence Prevention (OJJDP). In this report, the OJJDP looks at the problems of teenage fathers and their children by examining findings from the landmark Rochester Youth Development Study and the Pittsburgh Youth Study. Specifically, the report considers the risk factors for teenage paternity, including the role of delinquency in early fatherhood. This study will be interesting to anyone working with teenage boys to help them postpone fatherhood.
For a copy of this interesting new publication, call the MOAPPP office, 651-644-1447/800-657-3697 or drop us an e-mail, moappp@juno.com

GOT PLANS? MAY IS TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION MONTH
"Teen Voices" is the theme of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month for 2000. MOAPPP is the coordinator and clearinghouse for TPPM events and activities in Minnesota. To support local TPPM efforts, MOAPPP can help with event planning, media and awareness. PSAs and press releases will be sent to radio stations and newspapers throughout the state. Copies of these materials, as well as the TPPM logo, which is camera-ready for use in newsletters and other print materials are available from the MOAPPP office. As a special focus for TPPM, MOAPPP is collaborating with the St. Paul Urban League, Minneapolis Call to Action, the STD Hotline of MN and Reliastar to produce a Teen Pregnancy Prevention poster, which will be distributed throughout the state during April.
So, what are you doing for TPPM? For ideas, check our website, www.moappp.org or call the MOAPPP offices at651-644-1447 or 800-657-3697 in Greater MN.

"BEFRIENDERS" TRAININGS SCHEDULED
The Children’s Home Society of Minnesota and Health Start are sponsoring a series of trainings for women who are interested in becoming mentors for young single mothers. Called "Parent Befrienders," this program provides 18 hours of training to adult women who care about young mothers and understand their need for support. Now in its 11th year, the Befrienders program has been extremely successful in helping young mothers grow as individuals and parents. March Befrienders trainings are scheduled for Friday March 24th, 12:30 to 9:00 and Saturday, March 25th, 8:30 to 5:30.
Call the Children’s Home Society of Minnesota for details about upcoming Befrienders trainings, 651-646-7771.

MN Poll Supports Spending to Prevent STDs
In a poll recently released by the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP), 78% of Minnesota voters surveyed said they support STD prevention funding Using this information, MAP is calling on the state legislature to invest $2.6 million to help implement a statewide plan for STD prevention, screening and research recently completed by the MN Dept. of Health. This initiative was introduced in the House and Senate on February 3 by Senator Pat Piper (a member of MOAPPP’s Board of Directors) and Rep. Lee Greenfield of Minneapolis. STDs are reported in Minnesota at a rate of about 30 a day, and disproportionately affect younger and African American Minnesotans.
For more information on this initiative, contact MAP at 612-341-2060 or 800-243-7321.