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2020 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

Tier 1: Announcement of Availability of Funds for Optimally Changing the Map of Teen Pregnancy through Replication of Programs Proven Effective (Tier 1) (PA-TP1-20-001)

Applications are due Monday, April 13, 2020 by 6:00 p.m. ET

Technical Assistance Webinars for Potential Applicants
Monday, February 24, 2020 at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Call-in number: 888-390-1454
Participant passcode: TPP20TIER1

Click here for more information and to apply

Tier 2 Phase II: Announcement of Availability of Funds for Teen Pregnancy Prevention (Tier 2) - Phase II Rigorous Evaluation of Promising Interventions (PA-TP2-20-001)

Applications are due Monday, April 17, 2020 by 6:00 p.m. ET

Technical Assistance Webinars for Potential Applicants
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Call-in number: 888-469-1059
Participant passcode: 1207737

Click here for more information and to apply

Tier 2: Announcement of Availability of Funds for Innovation and Impact Network Grants (Tier 2) – Achieving Optimal Health and Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Key Priority Areas (PA-TP2-20-002)

Applications are due Monday, April 17, 2020 by 6:00 p.m. ET

Technical Assistance Webinars for Potential Applicants
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Call-in number: 800-593-9882
Participant passcode: 5276845

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Save the Date!
Ascend iSucceed Summit
June 25-26, 2020 
(formerly Youth Leadership Summit and Day on the Hill)

Join us in Washington, D.C. June 25-26, 2020 for our annual iSucceed Summit (formerly Youth Leadership Summit and Day on the Hill. New name, same event!)

What: Day one will offer a leadership and SRA education training and day two will allow you the opportunity to meet with your Members of Congress!

Who: Bring SRA supporters, educators, and youth leaders to join others from across the nation in voicing support for Sexual Risk Avoidance education!
SRAS Training
Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) certified educators distinguish themselves in their field, increase their credibility, and demonstrate a professional commitment to enhancing their teaching expertise. 

For more information on Ascend’s SRAS certification program, click here
SRAS Training Dates and Locations

SRAS Certification Training
Columbus, Ohio

February 12-13, 2020 

SRAS Certification Training
Minot, North Dakota

March 10-11, 2020

More dates and locations to be added.

Has Your SRAS Credential Expired?

Stay current by completing our new online SRAS Recertification program.

If you were SRAS certified in 2018 or renewed your certification in 2018, your SRA credential expires this year!   

Not sure when your certification expires? Contact us and we'll be happy to check for you!
State News
Iowa: Parents could pull students from sexual orientation lessons under Iowa bill

DES MOINES — A proposal requiring schools to notify students and parents of upcoming lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity advanced Monday in the Iowa House. House File 2201 would give them an opportunity to review the material and, if they desire, opt out of the lessons. Proponents compared the measure with review and opt-out guidelines already in state law for human growth and development — sex ed — classes in K-12 schools.

Rep. Sandy Salmon, R-Janesville, a sponsor of HF 2201, ended the hearing saying, “Not all parents want others to teach their children about sexual orientation and gender identity because it, too, involves family religious beliefs about sexuality and sexual ethics. Not all families agree with the viewpoint held by many schools regarding sexual identity issues and they should be allowed to opt out of instruction that contains that.”

Washington: Could sex ed bills lead to more child sex trafficking in Washington?

Seattle is many things — a city of music trends, a capital for outdoor enthusiasts … and, unfortunately, a major thoroughfare for child sex trafficking. Jim Fuda of Crime Stoppers Global Solutions said that the city’s location as a major port, as well as its problems with the drug trade, contributes to this.

Traffickers usually look for vulnerable children coming from a background filled with trauma and neglect. The pimp then tries to lure the child in through a process known as grooming, in which they pretend to offer the child the love they might not have received before.

Informed Parents of Washington, a coalition of parents dedicated to fighting comprehensive sex education and legislation that imposes upon parental rights, fears that  House Bill 1407, the bill mandating sexual education in Washington public schools, may increase the odds of kids falling prey to sex traffickers in Washington.

One example of the kind of curriculum promoted by sex ed advocacy groups is an information sheet recommending that students who cannot afford sex toys use vegetables instead.

Some parents fear that if students become used to teachers giving them this kind of information, they might not find it odd if another trusted adult begins an inappropriate conversation about sex for grooming purposes.

Fuda agreed with this interpretation.

“It’s like trying to normalize something at a young age, and if a kid inadvertently becomes a victim of some type of sex trafficking, they say, ‘Well, I heard about this in school,'” he said. He pointed out that in the vast majority of child molestation cases, the sexual abuser is someone the child knows and trusts. “It gets back to normalizing something at a certain age that shouldn’t be normalized,” Fuda said.

Washington: Comprehensive sex ed bill approved by Washington Senate
The Washington Senate approved a bill Wednesday requiring every public school to provide comprehensive sex education. Senate Bill 5395 was approved 28-21 in a largely party-line vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Democrats backed the legislation as a way to encourage healthy, consensual relationships, deter sexual violence and guard against sexual predators. The legislation, they said, includes an opt-out clause so parents can have their child excused from sex education.

Republicans countered that the bill weakens the authority of parents and school boards and imposes edicts from the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, said many Republicans are not opposed to responsible sex education.

“We do have significant concerns about the state mandating sex education across all 295 of our school districts,” he said. “We feel that is a significant erosion of local control and that those closest to an issue like this are usually in the best position to make decisions.”
International News

South Africa: #LeaveOurKidsAlone prepares to march against CSE

The #LeaveOurKidsAlone (LOKA) movement in South Africa is planning a nation-wide protest against Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) on February 13. 

Marches against CSE are planned in most of the municipalities in the country. 

The Stop CSE organisation states on its website  that CSE is one of the greatest assaults on the health and innocence of children. 

“This is because unlike traditional sex education, comprehensive sexuality education is highly explicit and promotes promiscuity and high-risk sexual behavior to children as healthy and normal.

CSE programs have an almost obsessive focus on teaching children how to obtain sexual pleasure in various ways. Yet, ironically, comprehensive sexuality education programs are anything but comprehensive as they fail to teach children about all of the emotional, psychological and physical health risks of promiscuous sexual activity. The ultimate goal of CSE is to change the sexual and gender norms of society”.

Private Insurance Claim Lines for STDs Rose 76 Percent from 2007 to 2018

Infographic courtesy of FAIR Health
NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Private insurance claim lines for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) rose 76 percent nationally from 2007 to 2018, according to a new study of STDs byFAIR Health The study results are based on analysis of data from over 30 billion private healthcare claim records—the largest in the country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, the three most commonly reported STDs, reached an all-time high in the United States in 2018. 

Among the results of the FAIR Health study:
  • Chlamydia—increased 149 percent
  • Gonorrhea—increased 126 percent
  • Syphilis—increased 80 percent
  • From 2007 to 2018, claim lines with gonorrhea diagnoses as a percentage of all medical claim lines by gender increased 326 percent in males compared to 47 percent in females.
  • The age groups with the greatest increase in claim lines from 2007 to 2018 were:
    • Age 19-22 for chlamydia (90 percent); and
    • Age 23-30 for syphilis (74 percent).

Youth crisis: Land of the free and home of the miserable? (Part 1)

From Free Teens Youth
Dennis Prager

Though people now days have more money, better health care, better health, better housing, and more education, and live longer than at any time in history, they — especially young people — are unhappier than at any time since data collection began.

Here are some unhappy statistics:

  • In America between 1946 and 2006, the suicide rate quadrupled for males ages 15 to 24 and doubled for females the same age.
  • In 1950, the suicide rate per 100,000 Americans was 11.4. In 2017, it was 14.
  • in the 1980s, there were 32 mass public shootings. In the 1990s, there were 42. In the first decade of this century, there were 28. In all the 1950s, when there were fewer controls on guns, there was one. Fifty years before that, in the 1900s, there were none.
  • Reuters Health reported in 2019, “Suicidal thinking, severe depression and rates of self-injury among U.S. college students more than doubled over less than a decade, a nationwide study suggests.” The study co-author Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, said, “It suggests that something is seriously wrong in the lives of young people.”
Why has this happened?

There are any number of reasons. Increased use of illicit drugs and prescription drug abuse, and less human interaction because of constant cellphone use are two widely offered, valid explanations. Less valid explanations include competition, grades anxiety, capitalism and income inequality. And then there are young people’s fears that because of global warming, they have a bleak, and perhaps no, future.

But the biggest reason may be the almost-complete loss of values and meaning over the last half-century.

Click here to read the full article

Too much time sitting down 'raises a teenager's risk of depression'
Too much time sitting down may trigger depression in teenagers, research suggests. Scientists from University College London had more than 4,200 adolescents aged 12, 14 or 16 wear fitness trackers for at least 10 hours over three days.

They found that for every additional hour of “sedentary behaviour” a day, the teenager’s risk of depression at 18 rose by up to 11%.

In the US, 3.2% (1.9 million) of children between three and 17 have been diagnosed with depression.

The NHS recognises the important of exercise in relieving depression, with work outs releasing “feel-good” endorphins.

Read the full story here
Summer internship: Protecting Life in Global Health Policy, Office of Global Affairs, Health and Human Services
The Summer Office of Global Affairs Internship program at Health and Human Services is seeking interns to support the efforts of Protecting Life in Global Health Policy (PLGHP).

Purpose of Internship Program
The primary purpose of the OGA internship program is to give students an opportunity to learn about HHS’s global programs, policies, and practices first-hand. Interns will strengthen their skills and knowledge related to global health and social policy. 

OGA offers unpaid internships for interested undergraduate and graduate students during the summer, fall and spring semesters. As an OGA intern, you can expect to work on substantive projects, develop professional skills, and benefit from the personal attention of a mentor. 

Intern Qualifications
All Interns must:
  • Be at least 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship.
  • Have completed at least two semesters of college education.
  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student enrolled a college or university in the United States at least half-time for the duration of the internship, or be between academic programs with an interim of no more than 5 months.
  • Be able to provide a copy of their transcript or other proof of enrollment.

Time Commitment
Internships require at least two days per week with a one month minimum time commitment. Preference may be given to those who can devote greater time to the internship. We have found that interns have a better experience if attendance is at least 4 days a week. This gives interns the opportunity to experience the wide range of activities that involve OGA. However, we recognize that each intern has different requirements for success.

How to Apply
To apply, please email OGA at with the following information:
  1. The subject line for your email should be “Internship application for PLGHP.”
  2. Include in the body of the email:
    • Your Name
    • Contact information, including email and phone
    • Current school/program
    • Proposed start date, availability (schedule) and length of internship
  3. Attach your resume, cover letter expressing your objectives for the internship and proof of enrollment (copy of transcript).

Interns will be selected based on their application and demonstrated interest in global health. This may include:
•    Academic excellence;
•    Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of global health issues;
•    Personal maturity;
•    Previous work experience and skills;
•    The anticipated benefits for the candidate.
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