Focus on: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Mini-Grants

Mini-Grant Spotlight:  Imprints and El Buen Pastor

Save the Date:  Seventh Annual Luncheon
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Seventh Annual Luncheon
November 28, 2012


 

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Focus on:  Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

 

THE MONTH OF MAY puts teen pregnancy issues front and center. For one, May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, a time when community advocates and organizations are encouraged to promote and support effective teen pregnancy-prevention activities. Sponsored by Advocates for Youth, a nonprofit agency, National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) represents a huge opportunity for all of us to join forces to reduce teen pregnancies. Regrettably, the U.S. still has the highest teen pregnancy rate among industrialized countries. Together we can help turn that statistic around and build strong initiatives to benefit teens. So, get involved as much as possible and share in the spirit of NTPPM.

Additionally, May 2 marked the 11th Annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. It focused teens’ attention on avoiding too-early pregnancy through an engaging website, StayTeen.org. The organizer of National Day, the nonprofit National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, encourages teens nationwide to visit the website to participate in a number of online activities, including a National Day Quiz. If you’re the parent of a teen or preteen, be sure to visit the website and share it with your daughter (or son).

Sarah Brown, Chief Executive Officer of The National Campaign, says “It is still the case that nearly three in ten teen girls in this country become pregnant before age 20. We hope that—in some modest way— the National Day will help teens think carefully about sex, relationships, contraception, the possibility of pregnancy, and the lifelong challenges of being a parent.”

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Mini-Grants

THE WOMEN'S FUND RECENTLY INVESTED OVER $28,000 in community-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.  The mini-grants were awarded to nine local nonprofit organizations to help them implement teen pregnancy prevention programs within the context of their current programming.

The organizations that are receiving mini-grants will be adopting one or more comprehensive curricula that they will be trained in and will then put into practice with the populations that they already work with. For example, Goler Institute for Development & Education (GIDE) will be integrating various curricula into their Youth Education Academy which provides afterschool programming for “at-risk” youth.

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Mini-Grant Spotlight: Imprints & El Buen Pastor

IMPRINTS, A LOCAL NONPROFIT THAT WORKS TO STRENGTHEN FAMILIES
through services and partnerships to prepare children for life, and El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services, have partnered to present programs that will address teen pregnancy.  The goals of the partnership are to teach youth comprehensive information about adolescent sexuality and to help facilitate better parent-child communications about sexuality. They will use the curricula Cuidate!, a Latino-focused program, and Parents Matter, a program that enhances parenting practices.  Nikki Byers, Executive Director of Imprints, says they selected two evidence-based curricula because the program will be most effective by working with both parents and children.  

 “Ciudate! addresses issues that are germane to Hispanic culture that impact the ability of the youth to adapt to life here in Winston-Salem, such as gender-role expectations. This curriculum also provides education in a culturally sensitive way to address such issues as HIV and safe sex,” says Byers. 

 Parents Matter is the curriculum that Imprints will use in working with parents.  The information in the Parents Matter curriculum will give parents the tools to help "guide, protect and nurture their children through the course of development" with an emphasis on how best to deal with exposure of their children at younger and younger ages to issues related to sex.

Mary Bolton, Executive Director of El Buen Pastor, says she is pleased to partner with Imprints on Cuidate!. “There is a serious need in the Hispanic immigrant population for parental education...on the difficult topic of sex education.” 

El Buen Pastor works with families that are committed to adapting to the Winston-Salem culture. These families are working to become thriving members of society that contribute significantly to their community. Addressing teen pregnancy is an issue that will help these families achieve their goals. 

Cuidate! will be offered to Hispanic families with children ages 9-12 in July and August at El Buen Pastor. Imprints plans to offer Cuidate! and Parents Matter to families enrolled through their organization throughout the year. 



Save the Date:  Seventh Annual Luncheon

 
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our annual luncheon—a celebration of who we are, what we have accomplished and the announcement of our 2012 grant recipients. 

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2012,
12 - 1:30pm
Where: Benton Convention Center
Invitations and registration information will be sent in mid-October

The Women's Fund's Seventh Annual Luncheon is presented by Wake Forest Baptist Health. Please consider supporting the work of The Women's Fund by becoming a luncheon sponsor. Sponsorship levels range from $500 Table Sponsors to $5,000 Leadership Sponsors. Click here for the sponsorship form which includes detailed information about the benefits of each sponsorship level.

If you would like to volunteer with the Events Committee to help with the luncheon, please contact Tricia DeForest at 336.782.8071 or adeforest@triad.rr.com.

 
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