October 1, 2011
Link Up Greater Houston is an opportunity to unite the community to improve the lives of all youth in Greater Houston. the conference is for youth, parents, educators, school leaders, faith communities, youth workers, business and community leaders, city and state officials, and other stakeholders to learn how the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets can improve our lives and strengthen Houston’s future.
Click on the above link to read more and to register.
September 23-30 is National Sex Ed Week of Action. Teens are bombarded with messages about sex everyday, while others fight over how much or how little to tell them, hundreds of thousands of teens are making uninformed decisions. Comprehensive Sex Education includes abstinence as the most effective method of prevention of pregnancy and STDs, and also includes information on contraception, STD/STIs, relationships, decision making, and more. Parents are the first educators, so find out what is or isn’t being taught at your child’s school. Talk to your young people and find resources. Share what you wish someone told you about sex — take the poll.
From teenREACH on behalf of National Sex Ed Week of Action.
In the News
The Texas Tribune; September 16, 2011
More Texas school districts that teach sex education choose abstinence-only programs, according to a forthcoming Texas Freedom Network analysis of Texas Education Agency data. However, a growing number of schools are moving toward abstinence-plus curricula that include instruction about contraceptive methods, condoms, and safer sex. Click on the above link to read more.
Doctors have long promoted IUDs as an effective way to prevent pregnancy. Now, in a finding that has surprised even the experts, research suggests that IUDs have an unexpected benefit: preventing cervical cancer. Click on the above link to read more.
Deadline: October 17, 2011.
Funding is available for activities and events in support of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) in the U.S. and its affiliated territories. The purpose of NWGHAAD is to highlight the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and encourage women and girls to take action by knowing their HIV/AIDS status and understanding their risk. Click on the above link for more information.
Tools You Can Use
In the celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned pregnancy has launched the Latino Resource Center. The Resource Center is an easy to use, one-stop online destination for information about teen and unplanned pregnancy among U.S. Latinos. The Resource Center contains a wealth of materials and activities to initiate and/or supplement existing efforts to address teen pregnancy in the Latino community. Click on the above link to visit the Resource Center.