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Youth. Sex. Relationships.  
Leading the National Conversation 

The Update: September 28, 2017 





So, What is a DOTH?


 
Answer: An Ascend event you will not want to miss! Youth from across the nation will be coming to Capitol Hill to meet with their Members of Congress to share what Sexual Risk Avoidance education means to them and their future life success. 
 
Save the Date:  March 1, 2018  
Day On The Hill (DOTH)
 


For more information contact: Christine Eckley ceckley@WeAscend.org - 202.248.5420
 


 
SRAS
Trainings

Were you certified in 2015 or before?  If so, your SRA certification has already/or will expire this year.  Contact us for more information.  If you are unsure when your certification expires, contact us and we can check for you.


Registration Now Open!
Platteville, Wisconsin - December 6-7 
(This training will be open to all Care Net and Heartbeat affiliated PRCs)

We're starting to plan our 2018 schedule!  More dates and locations to be added soon! For more information on all upcoming SRAS trainings, Click here. 
 


The Scope


Increased Social Media = More Loneliness 
According to a study conducted by a San Diego State University professor, once the proportion of Americans who owned smartphones surpassed 50 percent, she noticed abrupt changes in teen behavior and emotional states.  According to Jean Twenge, author of the study, teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be lonely and unhappy, with the problem being the most pronounced among girls.  Twinge goes on to say, “It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones. It’s not just the technology, I should stress, it’s really the social media, which is the most common risk they are facing.”


National News


SRR Education NOT Working in U.S. Schools
Using criteria for program effectiveness derived from the field of prevention research, the Institute for Research & Evaluation did an in-depth review of 60 of the best peer-reviewed studies of SRR programs in U.S. classrooms.  Their conclusion?  "There is no scientific justification for the designation of comprehensive sex education in U.S. schools as ‘evidence-based,' nor for its broad dissemination in school settings."  


State News

Illinois:  School Faces Dilemma
A 16-year-old student committed suicide after staff at a suburban Chicago high school confronted him about a sexually explicit video.  The question that this article poses is, should school officials wait until parents arrive to pose questions and search cellphones for illicit photos or video? Or do they, as de facto parents, have the authority to investigate crimes that might include child pornography?



Florida:  SRA Curriculum for High Schools

In Santa Rosa County, the School District has contracted with the Pregnancy Resource Center of Milton to teach sex ed for the county's six high schools.  The new agreement will begin in the fall semester and continue through 2022, implementing an "evidence-based curriculum designed to help teens learn how to set goals and make wise choices about relationships, dating, partners, and more."  Read more here.


Research



CDC Releases New Report
The 2016 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) has found that while some improvement is being made in health issues, there is still progress needed at it relates to STD prevention, HIVs and practices related to violence, bullying and suicide prevention.  

Let's Give Our Young People Some Credit!
Young people are often characterized as entitled, app-dependent and narcissistic, but this article says, “by many measures, young people are actually showing virtues their elders lacked. They have brought delinquency, truancy, promiscuity, alcohol abuse and suicide down to levels unseen in many cases since the 1950s. Rather than coming up with ever more old-fogey complaints, we should be celebrating young people’s good judgment and self-control — and extolling their parents and teachers. 


Teens Doing Good!

Helping Low Income Families, One Kid at a Time
"Aid4Kids" is the brainchild of Amreen Sunil, an Indian American senior at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA.  The organization "seeks to improve the lives of underprivileged children through education and health services."  In addition to helping kids in CA, "Aid4Kids" also has shipped their health awareness kits to Uganda and Mexico.  Read more about these outstanding youth here.
 
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