December 2000 MOAPPP E-Monthly

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Community Involvement

Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration in the Works – Jane Fonda Returns!

Ten years already?! MOAPPP will celebrate its ten-year anniversary with a gala celebration on May 3, 2001. In just ten short years, we have built a statewide, nationally recognized organization dedicated to educating teens and adults about pregnancy, prevention, and parenting. We continue to educate legislators, health care professionals, teachers, parents, and teens as well as organize in local communities for the prevention of teen pregnancy.

Jane Fonda, founder of the Georgia Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, helped to increase MOAPPP’s visibility in 1996 with a keynote at our conference and her presence at a successful fundraiser. She recently told Nancy Nelson that she loves MOAPPP’s materials and uses them in her work in Georgia. She eagerly accepted our invitation to return as our guest of honor for our 10th anniversary celebration. We hope that you will join us on May 3rd to celebrate!

Local Organization to Launch New Online Resource Directory

The Minnesota Alliance with Youth links children and teens with organizations and resources in our communities. The Alliance’s work centers around Five Promises: Mentor, Protect, Nurture, Teach/Learn, and Serve. The online directory will list organizations that work towards implementing the Five Promises. Organizations with a mission or programming in these five areas are asked to log onto the Alliance’s website and sign-up at www.mnyouth.org

Research and Education

Study of Parents’ Communication Habits with their Teens Published

An article in the October issue of the Journal of School Health examines the characteristics, content, and comfort level of parents’ discussion with their teens about sexuality issues. Data was collected from 374 parents of adolescents in grades 7 through 12 from a rural county in northwest Ohio. Among the findings:

  1. almost 64% of parents believed schools should begin teaching sexuality education before students reach the seventh grade;
  2. 76% of parents believe that formal sexuality education should include information on safer sex practices, including how to use a condom
  3. nearly 79% of parents believed that their teens had not had sexual intercourse

Website of the Month

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1964, addressing issues of sexuality. SIECUS develops, collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates for the rights of individuals to make responsible sexual choices. SIECUS produces a bi-weekly publication available free-of-charge, delivered to your email account keeping you up-to-date on current research, community initiatives, and conferences.

www.siecus.org

 

Holiday Greetings to you! MOAPPP’s staff send you our best wishes for a very happy holiday season!