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Leading the National Conversation 

The Update: June 1, 2017 

President Trump's 

Budget Supports Sexual Risk

Avoidance (SRA) Education


Last Tuesday, President Trump sent his FY 2018 budget to Congress.  In it, he asked that lawmakers maintain funding for SRA education and eliminate the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP).

In our recent press release, Valerie Huber says, “We applaud President Trump for his immediate efforts to give more youth the skills they need to avoid sexual risk.  Currently, only 10 cents of every federal sex education dollar is devoted to SRA education. With the elimination of the TPP program and maintenance of the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program, about 20 cents of every dollar will be devoted to SRA education. This is a good step in the right direction."





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McClure, OH - July 18-19

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Bellville, Ohio - Aug 15-16
(Open Only to OAHC members)

More dates and locations to be added soon!  For more information on all upcoming SRAS trainings, Click here. 

National News

Ashley Graham:  Why I Decided to Wait for Sex
While many may know Ashley Graham as the first plus-size Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, what many don't know is that she and her husband waited for sex until marriage.  After a series of failed relationships where, "a guy took me out, then we had sex, then I wouldn’t hear from him again,” Ashley met her now husband, Justin Ervin.  When it came to dating Justin, the couple chose to abstain from sex so they could focus on their budding romance instead.  Six years later, Graham says, we have "a partnership dedicated to building something bigger than ourselves." Read the rest of the article.

Surprising Thoughts on Sex
This Institute for Family Studies article sheds surprising light on the perceived notion that young people think that casual sex is the norm.  After interviewing a series of working-class young adults, the author found that many believe that people are too quick to expect sex in a relationship, or feel like it is expected of them.

International News 

United Kingdom:  Underage Sex Puts Kids at Risk
A study conducted by the Family Education Trust says that children are put at risk of abuse because our culture treats underage sex as "normal."  Professor David Paton of Nottingham University, says, “A clear picture emerges of a culture in which underage sexual activity has come to be viewed as a normal part of growing up and seen as relatively harmless as long as it is consensual.”  Norman Wells, Director of the Family Education Trust, concurs saying that, “relaxed attitudes towards underage sex has led to what can only be described as a paralysis in child protection agencies”.


State News

California:  Sex Ed Under Fire Again
In regard to the new sex ed curriculum for middle school kids in the Cupertino Union School District, this opinion piece says that "it is neither age-appropriate nor culturally sensitive." 

Minnesota:  Health Officials Mystified By High STD Rate
Blue Earth County consistently ranks among the top five among all Minnesota counties for its rate of chlamydia infection.  Some attribute the distinction to the fact that there is a disproportionate amount of 15-34 year-olds in the region, the age group most commonly infected by the STD, and others say it is due to a lack of consistency in sex ed statewide.  Find out more information here.

New York:  Sex Ed Task Force Considered
In an effort to enforce a Department of Education requirement mandating sex ed for all middle and high school students, a bill before the New York City Council would create a task force to study how, and whether, sex education is being taught in schools.  More information can be found here.

Pennsylvania:  County Receives Unwanted Recognition
According to the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, McKean County leads the region in reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases.  While rural areas like McKean County generally see lower STD rates than more urban ones, an increase of any kind is still cause for concern.  Read more here.


Friends First Seeking Experienced Evaluation Manager
"FRIENDS FIRST educates and mentors teens to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships.  Our signature program is a peer mentoring program called STARS which stands for students teaching about relationships and success.  FRIENDS FIRST has program about eight states and as many as 50 schools through direct serviced and partnerships.  The STARS Peer Mentoring  program is a very sought-after model as it is one of less than a handful of pure mentoring programs that uses evidence informed practices.  We have amazing qualitative data and extremely promising quantitative data however it is extremely important to continue to show and improve outcomes through evaluation."  Find out more about the evaluation manager position here.

Shake it Up!  Parents Matter Event
Join Aspire on Thursday, June 8th, for this no cost event which will "equip parents to better communicate with their teens and navigate the minefields of our teen culture." Find out more information, including how to register, here.

Denver Group Seeking Instructors for This Fall
A Promising Future, is looking for instructors to teach their curriculum, The Diamond Standard, to high school aged youth this fall. Training will begin in June.  Find more information including a job description, here.

Job Opening for SRA Instructor 
Bright Healthy Relationships Initiative, Louisville, KY, is seeking an instructor to teach in 40 area middle and high schools.  Bachelor's degree preferred. Belief in the merits of the SRA message necessary. Please email letter and resume to Mary Groher, or by US mail:  PO Box 2284, Louisville, KY 40201
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