January 2001 MOAPPP E-Monthly

Please send us your updates on what's happening in your community! If you know anyone with an interest in teen pregnancy prevention and teen parenting issues who would like to receive the MOAPPP E-Monthly, please send it on to them, asking them to let us know if they would like us to send it by e-mail. E-mail us at moappp@moappp.org or phone us at 651-644-1447 with your ideas!

Community Involvement

Make Sure Your Voice is Heard – Contact Your State Legislators

The 2001 state legislative session begins on January 3rd and this is a prime opportunity for you to call your legislators to talk about the status of teen pregnancy and the needs of teen parents in your community. Find your county's teen pregnancy and birth data online at www.moappp.org! MOAPPP is encouraging youth and adults to write a letter, send an e-mail, or call your legislator’s office during the legislative session (January-May 2001). Don’t know the name, address, phone, or e-mail of your legislator? Just call House Information at 651-296-2146 for your State Representative and Senate Information at 651-296-0504 for your State Senator or find your legislator on the Internet at www.house.leg.state.mn.us and www.senate.leg.state.mn.us

Sexuality for Life Minnesota Launches a Story-A-Day Campaign

Sexuality for Life Minnesota Coalition is calling upon supporters to write personal narratives illustrating the need to support comprehensive sexuality education in schools and to protect minors’ consent to confidential health care services. All published stories will be anonymous (names withheld) when shared publicly with policymakers and media representatives. Between March and April 2001, the coalition will distribute one story every day for 45 days to state legislators. The Story-A-Day Campaign personalizes these issues and provides policymakers with real-life examples about the need for comprehensive sexuality education.

All stories must include age, gender, city, legislative district, one or two paragraphs about YOUR own story. For example, did you receive accurate or inaccurate sexuality information while growing up? Have there been consequences from a lack of education, information, or resources? What are some of the positive and negative experiences you have had communicating with family members? Do you have personal experience that illustrates the need for comprehensive sexuality education? For more information, contact Marnie at MOAPPP, 651-644-1447.

Women and Girls Coming to the Capitol in February

February 19, 2001 will be Women and Girls Come to the Capitol. 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. Last year, MOAPPP sponsored 14 teens to attend Women and Girls Come to the Capitol and provided them an opportunity to tell their own stories about what they need in order to feel healthy and well educated about sexuality. Call Marnie Wells at MOAPPP at 651-644-1447 or email at marnie@moappp.org if you have a group of girls who would like to come to the Capitol with us in February.

Research and Education

A study released by the University of Minnesota concludes that "race, ethnic and cultural affiliations, family structure and income" influence young people’s behavior but are not the cause of high risk behavior. School failure and excessive time spent "hanging out" can lead to negative behaviors including sexual activity. "The one most consistently protective factor found was the presence of a positive parent-family relationship." This report helps us understand the ways we can prevent teen pregnancies by being actively engaged in teens’ lives. For copies of this report, contact:

Add Health
c/o Center for Adolescent Health
University of Minnesota
200 Oak St. SE, Suite 260
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2002
e-mail: aph@umn.edu

Upcoming Activities

Understanding Childhood Stress and Development Workshop, Wednesday, January 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the St. Paul Jewish Community Center, 1375 St. Paul Avenue

This workshop will present practical information for teachers, coaches, parents, and other concerned adults interested in learning more about how to recognize and respond to depression in children and adolescents. Participants will discuss both the ‘common’ signs as well as those signs that ‘mask’ depression and learn ways to lesson depression’s impact on youth. Free of charge.

Educating Positively About Sexuality On-Line Discussion Forum

The January discussion forum, sponsored by the Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, will focus on positive sexuality education. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to exchange ideas, ask questions, and make valuable connections with others. The forum will take place January 9-11, 2001. Log on at www.etr.org/recapp/recappforum.htm

"Dads and Daughters"

Joe Kelly, executive director of Dads and Daughters, the national membership organization of fathers with daughters, will be the featured speaker at a special community program in Saint Paul. Kelly will focus his attention on the media's profound impact on girls' self-worth, offer concrete steps to strengthen father-daughter relationships, give insight about a father's role in preparing

daughters for womanhood; offer tips about how to listen to girls. Kelly is a national authority on the father's role in raising healthy, confident girls and with his wife, Nancy Gruver, a co-founder of the award winning, girl-edited NEW MOON: THE MAGAZINE FOR GIRLS AND THEIR DREAMS. 7:-00 - 8:30pm, Thursday, January 18, 2001, Location: St. Paul Jewish Community Center, 1375 St. Paul Ave. Cost: $5 per person or $7 per couple. Registration is requested; please call 651-698-0751.

Website of the Month

The National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Research Center (PRC) is a collaborative effort of the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is the only prevention center funded by the CDC to focus specifically on the prevention of teen pregnancy. The Center partners with local, state and national pregnancy prevention and youth-serving organizations to provide research, training, and support. www.peds.umn.edu/peds-adol/prc.html