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Safe Harbor Bill Passes in Minnesota
The Safe Harbor bill, HF556, sponsored by Rep. Steve Smith (R-Mound), was included in the omnibus public safety and judiciary finance bill, SF958, passed recently by the legislature and signed by Governor Dayton.
With the law now passed, Minnesota continues to prove it is a leader in protecting commercially sexually exploited children. The new law:
Minneapolis' New School for Pregnant and Parenting Students
Broadway High School in Minneapolis underwent many changes last year. This year, the program will be revamped as an Alternative Learning Center and will be located at Longfellow School in south Minneapolis with room for 125 students and their children. A name for the new program has not yet been chosen.
Address: 3017 E. 31st St., Minneapolis, MN 55406
Know Your Rights: A Conference Call for Pregnant and Parenting Students!
Pregnant and parenting students have a right to equal educational opportunities! Join this conference call to get more information about protections for students against discrimination.
Expert Speakers will include:
Whether you're a student, guardian, educator, counselor or community member, our experts on Title IX can help answer your questions. To register, click here.
Teenwise Minnesota's Summer Movie Series
Join the staff of Teenwise Minnesota on August 18 when we watch The Boy Show from The Youth Performance Company. We'll be in the basement conference room across from the Teenwise office from 3:30-4:30 p.m.—with soda and popcorn to share! RSVP to email@example.com. See you then!
Upcoming Teen Parent Connection Meetings
This study in Pediatrics conducted a broad examination of literature relating to early childhood development at the ages of one to seven years of late-preterm infants (LPIs) born at 34 to 36 weeks' gestation by using nine electronic databases (January 1980 to March 2010). Evidence suggests that LPIs are at increased risk of adverse developmental outcomes and academic difficulties up to seven years of age in comparison to term infants. An infant control group matched for gestational age has not been used; thus, for LPIs, the effect of neonatal admission on longer-term outcomes has not been fully explored. Systematic measurement of early childhood outcomes is lacking, and focused long-term follow-up studies are needed to investigate early childhood development after late-preterm birth.
This study in found that infants born in the 37th or 38th week of pregnancy have a higher risk of dying before age one than do infants born between 39 and 40 weeks, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the March of Dimes. Risk is highest for African-American infants.
This study in Child Abuse & Neglect examined a community sample of 913 mothers and their college-bound daughters, recruited at the time of the daughter's high school graduation. Findings suggest that even in a highly functional community sample, mothers' sexual victimization experiences are significantly associated with aspects of their parenting behavior and with their daughters' own experiences of adolescent sexual victimization.
This guide (PDF) is written just for teen moms, covering the topics teens said they wanted to learn more about. It can be used as a resource and a workbook for young moms.
In an effort to help reduce the number of teen pregnancies and become part of the national conversation, the Public Internet Channel produced 9INE, a new dramatic web video series. The show examines teen pregnancy from the young father-to-be's point of view, and is a realistic and empathetic portrayal of issues facing expectant teen parents, including firsthand accounts from real teens woven into the end of each episode. 9INE provides a powerful spotlight on the decisions teens face when confronted with pregnancy. Viewers have access to resources and information about sexual health, a blog written by youth plus full episodes (each less than 10 min.).
The CLAS Institute identifies, collects, reviews, catalogs, abstracts and describes materials and practices developed for children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and professionals who work with them. CLAS has:
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has published a new brochure for public education, entitled "The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction."
Take Action Today: Urge Congress to Help Pregnant and Parenting Teens Graduate!
U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Judy Chu (D-CA) have introduced the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act (H.R. 2617) (PDF), comprehensive legislation to improve high school graduation rates and access to postsecondary educational and career opportunities for pregnant and parenting students.
Urge your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 2617 as a show of support for young families. Call your U.S. Senators to introduce companion legislation to reduce the dropout rate among pregnant and parenting students.
National endorsing organizations such as Healthy Teen Network, National Women's Law Center, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and National Network for Youth. The bill has the support of many state and local organizations as well, including Teenwise Minnesota.
The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act responds to the high school dropout crisis in our nation. Pregnancy and parenting responsibilities significantly increase a student's risk of dropping out of school. In a nationwide survey of dropout youth, close to one-half of all female dropouts and one-third of male dropouts said that becoming a parent played a role in their decision to leave school. Providing educational and related supports for pregnant and parenting students, such as would be available under H.R. 2617, can go a long way toward improving school climate for young parents and increasing their high school graduation rates.
Please take action today, share this announcement with your networks and urge them to do the same!
Federal Bill Introduced Supporting Homeless Youth
The Educational Success for Children and Youth Without Homes Act of 2011 (HR 1253) amends the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act's program of grants to states and, through them, subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) for the education of homeless youth. The companion Senate bill is Educational Success for Children and Youth Without Homes Act of 2011 (S. 571).
Effectiveness of a Combined Home Visiting and Group Intervention for Low Income African American Mothers: The Pride in Parenting Program
This study in Maternal and Child Health Journal proposed to test whether paraprofessional visitors drawn from the community could effectively influence health and mothers' parenting behaviors and attitudes. African American mothers with inadequate prenatal care were recruited at delivery and randomized to intervention or usual care groups. The Pride in Parenting intervention curriculum was delivered through both home visitation and parent-infant groups for one year. The intervention curriculum was designed to improve knowledge, influence attitudes and promote life skills that would assist low-income mothers in offering better health oversight and development for their infants. Both intervention and usual care groups received monthly social work contact over the one-year study period to provide referrals for identified needs. The intervention participants improved their home environments, a characteristic important for promoting good child development. Mothers' perceptions of available social support improved and child-rearing attitudes associated with child maltreatment were reduced.
The full curriculum, Pride in Parenting, as well as handouts used in the controlled study above are available here.
August 16-18, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., August 16 and 17
Making Proud Choices! is an 8-module curriculum for use by school districts, faith communities and community organizations that provides adolescents with the knowledge, confidence and skills to reduce their risk of STI/HIV and pregnancy. This curriculum, designed for youth ages 11-13, emphasizes waiting to have sex or using condoms if young people choose to have sex. In addition to the 2 1/2 days of highly interactive training, each participant receives a copy of the Making Proud Choices! curriculum, an activity set and video clips.
August 18, 2011
Join the staff of Teenwise Minnesota on August 18 when we watch The Boy Show from The Youth Performance Company. We'll be in the basement conference room across from the Teenwise office from 3:30-4:30 p.m.—with soda and popcorn to share!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. See you then!
August 22-23 and 29-30, 2011
August 22-23 - Willmar
If you work with parents/caregivers of children aged birth to 18, you are in a unique position to support them in their critical role as sexuality educators for their children. However, sexuality is not always easy to discuss. Come learn tools and techniques to engage parents/caregivers in developmentally appropriate approaches to raising sexually healthy children. Participants receive the It's That Easy! resource manual, a comprehensive guide designed to help you work with parents in your community.
For more information and to register, see the flyer and registration form for Willmar (PDF) or Roseville (PDF). Click here to register for the Willmar training. Click here to register for the Roseville training. Questions? Contact Jocelyn at 651-644-1447 x19, email@example.com.
August 12 - September 20, 2011
Workshop Dates and Locations:
August 12, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
August 16, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
September 1, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
September 20, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Each participant will receive the brand new updated version of the Educator's Guide to Children's Mental Health and three CEHs. Visit www.macmh.org for more information and to register.
August 18 and 25, 2011
August 18, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
August 25, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
This workshop will present the expanding body of research finding that early and excessive electronic stimulation may not only affect brain functioning, but stimulation may actually change physiological development of the brain. Increased aggression, mood problems, disrupted sleep patterns, poor social skills, disorganized thinking, increased agitation and irritability, and even increased rates of ADHD and autism are possible results. Specific examples of "brain enhancing" and "brain limiting" technology as well as specific guidelines, will be offered. To register for this session and others in this training series, click here.
September 12-13, 2011
University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center, St. Paul
Keynote speakers include:
September 12, 2011
September 19, 2011
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
This conference will focus on presentations that inform the audience about the latest evidence-based methods to address numerous perinatal health concerns of women and infants. Each speaker will be a leader in developing evidence-based models for identifying and addressing the health of women and children. Several topics of critical importance to perinatal health have been identified and leading researchers/practitioners will address each of these topics.
More information and registration is available here.
November 1 - December 9, 2011
This online course takes an in-depth exploration into the foundational research and theories of positive youth development and provides an opportunity for youth practitioners to intentionally strengthen programs. Online activities include both synchronized group time and individual self-paced learning.
For more resources and information about adolescent parents, visit the Adolescent Parent Program page on the Teenwise Minnesota website.