FEBRUARY 2001 MOAPPP E-Monthly

The Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention, and Parenting, a nonprofit organization, is composed of individuals and organizations in Minnesota that work to strengthen policies and programs related to adolescent pregnancy prevention, adolescent pregnancy care, and adolescent parenting.

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Community Involvement

African American Teen Pregnancy Prevention Advocacy Day, Monday, February 12,2001. The African American Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaborative invited community agencies and members of the public concerned about teen pregnancy prevention to learn more about these issues and visit legislators. For more information, contact Rosemarie Rodriguez-Hager at the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Minority Health at 651-215-5802.

Don’t Agonize. ORGANIZE! February 15, 2001 is AIDS Action Day at the Capitol,

The Minnesota AIDS Project is coordinating its annual grass-roots lobbying event at the State Capitol this month. MAP will schedule legislative meetings for you and provide all participants with issue briefings. For more information, contact: mappub@mnaidsproject.org or call612-373-9169.

Women and Girls Come to the Capitol, February 19, 2001

The annual event, sponsored by the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, is an opportunity for adults and youth concerned about issues affecting women and girls to educate their elected representatives with hundreds of other people. Participants will attend educational workshops, meet with legislators, and enjoy a day at the State Capitol. Call Marnie Wells at MOAPPP at 651-644-1447 or email marnie@moappp.org if you have a group of girls who would like to come to the Capitol with us.

Call for Annual Award Nominations

As part of our efforts to honor those of you in the community who do the real work at educating others about pregnancy, prevention, and parenting issues, MOAPPP sponsors annual awards in five different categories. If you wish to honor the work of someone special in our community, please call MOAPPP for the nomination form or access it on our website at www.moappp.org Awards will be presented at MOAPPP’s 10th Annual Conference on May 3- 4, 2001. Nominations must be submitted by April 1, 2001.

Job Opportunity

Project SIGHT, a teen pregnancy prevention program in Northfield and Faribault MN, is seeking a part time (26hr/week) Executive Director for a growing, energetic program. For more information call Project SIGHT at 507-664-3531 or email sightoffice@projectsight.org or submit resume to 1651 Jefferson Parkway, HS Suite 130, Northfield, MN 55057.

Legislative Activity

Sign up to be on the MOAPPP Action Alert network! Call or email MOAPPP TODAY and we’ll add you to our list of active voices! It’s easy and it’s free and IT’S IMPORTANT that you do your part!! We’ll make it even easier for you to find out who your legislators are and let them know what is needed in your community to ensure positive adolescent health!

The Minnesota Department of Health and Governor Ventura have submitted a teen pregnancy prevention initiative to the state legislature as part of the their biennial budget. The initiative would allocate $20 million of federal welfare surplus to implement a comprehensive strategy to reduce teen pregnancy rates and address the high rates of teen pregnancy in our populations of color. A second $1.7 million initiative will leverage significant federal funds to enhance Medical Assistance by including coverage for family planning services for an additional 30,000 Minnesotans. For more information, go to the department’s website at www.health.state.mn.us

Adolescent Parent Grants

Senator Linda Higgins and Representative Gregory Gray are the chief authors of a bill to increase the Adolescent Parent Grants by $5 million over the biennium. Currently only $1 million is appropriated to 8 school districts in Minnesota. For more information about these grants or if you are interested in providing testimony with your teen parents, please contact Nancy Nelson at MOAPPP, 651-644-1447.

Let your legislators know how you feel about the proposed tax cuts!

Legislators are saying that no one is calling them to argue for priorities other than tax cuts and rebates. Governor Ventura’s budget proposes to spend an estimated 88% of the state’s $3 billion surplus on tax cuts and rebates. If you feel that more of the surplus should be invested in affordable housing, quality day care, after-school care, higher education, child abuse prevention and systems that support families moving from poverty to economic sufficiency,

YOU NEED TO CALL!! Governor Ventura: 651-296-3391/ 800-657-3717

Your State Senator: 651-296-0504/ 888-234-1112

Your State Representative: 651-296-2146/ 800-657-3550

Upcoming Events

Family Education Network, Metro Area, Friday, February 16, 9-11:30 a.m., Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, MN. "Parents Matter in the Lives of Teens," Presenter: Judith Kahn, M.S.W., Director, Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health, University of MN. Call 612-374-8462 or respond by email to cronk002@umn.edu.

Carver-Scott Family Education Network Meeting, February 22, 1-3:30 p.m. The monthly meeting will include a panel discussion regarding the parenting practices within the Latina community. Share in the discussion regarding common myths and how you might better serve families in your community. The meeting will be held at the Scott County office of the University of Minnesota Extension Service located in the Scott County Extension and Conservation Center on the Scott County Fairgrounds in Jordan, Minnesota. Contact: Lola Danielson Amendt at 952-492-5410 for more information.

Working with Hmong Families Series, Session I: Hmong Family Dynamics

The first session of the six session series will be held on February 13, 2001 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ramsey County Extension Office, 2020 White Bear Avenue, St. Paul. The session will focus on the changing gender roles in Hmong families, expectations for men and women, and marriage practices. For more information call Krystal Vujongyia at 651-704-2057.

Raising Resilient Children and Fostering Respect and Closeness with Children,

Early Childhood and Family Services presents two sessions with for parents and other interested persons with nationally recognized author and speaker, Dr. Robert Brooks on February 23 from 7-9 p.m. and February 24 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Eagan High School. Call the Conference Hotline for more information at 952-431-8741.

"Partnerships for Healthy Youth"

On May 3-4, 2001, the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting (MOAPPP) will convene practitioners for the 10th Annual MOAPPP Conference at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. The featured keynote speakers are Michael Resnick, Ph.D., Director, National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, President of Brakins Strategic Initiatives consulting and Psychological Services. Registration brochures and applications for conference scholarships will be available by February 23. For more information, call MOAPPP at (651) 644-1447 or (800) 657-3697.

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

MOAPPP will celebrate its ten-year anniversary with a gala celebration on May 3, 2001.

Jane Fonda, founder of the Georgia Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, will be our guest of honor for our 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Metropolitan Club in Golden Valley. The evening will include a fabulous dinner, silent auction, entertainment by Jeralyn Steele Battle, and a presentation by Ms. Fonda. Ticket prices range from $75/ person for conference attendees to $100/ person to corporate table sponsorships of $1500, $3000 or $7500 for tables of 8. Call MOAPPP if you want to be included on the invitation list!

Resources

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Planning Guidebook.

A publication of Advocates for Youth, the national sponsor of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, contains strategic organizing tips and examples from campaigns across the country including sample proclamations, editorials, public service announcements, flyers and pamphlets, and ideas to increase participation. Contact Advocates for Youth at 202-347-5700. The cost is $25.00.

Family Life Matters, the Network for Family Life Education at Rutgers University’s newsletter is published three times each school year for health, family life, and sexuality educators and community agency staff. Subscription rate is $24.00 for one year. For more information, go to www.sxetc.org