WINS FUNDING FOR LANDMARK PROJECT
The Minneapolis Foundation recently awarded MOAPPP $90,000 over three years to coordinate a collaborative effort to strengthen adolescent parent support programs in the Minneapolis School District. Upon completion of the three-year initiative, project results will be evaluated and published as a guide for state school districts that may be developing or considering school-based teen parent programming. For this project, MOAPPP will work primarily with the Minneapolis School District as well as Minneapolis area service providers, health care professionals, educators, policy makers, opinion leaders, and community members to strengthen programming and services offered to current and future teen parents served by the Minneapolis School District.
Call MOAPPP at 651-644-1447, 800-657-3697 (in Greater MN), if you want more information about this exciting project.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE KEYNOTES CHOSEN
Keynote speakers for MOAPPP’s 9th Annual Conference (set for May 1st and 2nd) have been chosen! On the roster are James Wagoner, President of Advocates for Youth, Lurline Baker-Kent, from the Center for Excellence in Urban Education at Hamline University, and Laurie Zabin from Johns Hopkins University. James Wagoner will present lessons learned from study tours of pregnancy prevention in France, Netherlands, and Germany. Lurline Baker-Kent, who has been an Assistant Commissioner at the MN Dept. of Corrections and an advocate on child abuse and sexual violence issues, will speak about how providers can be more responsive to sexual abuse issues and how these issues relate to teen pregnancy and parenting.
The MOAPPP conference brochure and registration will be in your mailbox soon. Mark the date and make plans to attend.
MOAPPP MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
It is time to renew your MOAPPP membership! Memberships run for the calendar year, so join now to receive full benefits! Now you can renew your membership online at www.moappp.org. Benefits of a MOAPPP membership include:
|MOAPPP publications, including the MOAPPP Monitor, our quarterly newsletter, and the Monthly.|
|Reduced rates for conference registration. New this year – an organizational membership to MOAPPP allows for unlimited registrations at the member rate.|
PROGRAM PROMISES BETTER OPPORTUNITIES
State, county, city, and private sector partners are collaborating to launch a three-year pilot project in Minneapolis for young fathers. The program, appropriately called FATHER (Fostering Actions to Help Earnings and Responsibility), will help 360 low-income, non-custodial dads provide and care for their children. By providing services such as job counseling, enhanced child support enforcement, peer support and parenting education, FATHERS promises to provide better options for these dads and their children. Voluntary participants will be recruited through various agencies, including Minneapolis Way to Grow.
For more information about this project please contact Guy Bowling at Way to Grow, 612-874-4742.
"SPEAK OUT" IN AAUW REPORT
A great new resource is now available from AAUW: "Voices of a Generation: Teenage Girls on Sex, School, and Self." In 1998, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation surveyed 2,100 teenage girls. This publication features their written responses to questions about the "complex maze of social issues" that they face at school, including sexuality and teen pregnancy. The report highlights that pressures to have sex "occur within complex emotional relationships," a fact that, they claim, most "just say no" approaches to sex education ignore. Additionally, it suggests that girls are subjected to media pressures and social pressures to "fit in," and often have difficulty finding their true selves. How to improve the situation? Participants suggest more in-depth sexual education, more realistic media portrayals of women and girls, and boy-girl forums for discussion.
Obtain a copy of this report for $14.95 + $5 shipping and handling. Contact AAUW at 202-728-7602, or online at www.aauw.org.