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Youth. Sex. Relationships.  
Leading the National Conversation 

The Update: October 5, 2017 

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Promotes the Success Sequence as a Key Component of Programs That Support Healthy Decision Making  
ACF’s programs are designed to help low-income families, while promoting the healthiest and best choices for Americans to succeed in life. Our Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, for instance, has specific purposes in its statute, including promoting job preparation, work and marriage; preventing out-of-wedlock pregnancies; and encouraging two-parent married families.” Read more here...


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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. 

Day on the Hill 2018

Why Should I Attend DOTH?

Answer: Your Member of Congress wants to hear from you!  Increase awareness of the value of SRA and show them why funding for SRA education makes a difference.

Save the Date:  March 1, 2018  
      Day On The Hill (DOTH)

For more information contact:

Christine Eckley: - 202.248.5420

The Scope

The Teen Brain:  How to Help The Teenage Boy Stay Focused
Ever wonder why teen girls often seem more organized and focused than teen boys? According to this article, "research on the subject is still in its early stages, but a growing number of studies point out subtle differences between adolescent boys and girls, ranging from the ability to focus and organize to emotional empathy."   Read more here on how can we help our teenage boys.

National News

Guttmacher Study Doesn't Give the Whole Story
The good news out of the Guttmacher Institute's recent release is that since 1990, the teen pregnancy rate has fallen by over 63 percent.  The report however, seems somewhat disingenuous, as it concludes that the decline was solely the result of contraception use and that there was no change in teen sexual activity during the same time frame. Data from the National Survey of Family Growth shows that significant reductions in teen sexual activity have occurred since the late 1980s.  Read more here.

State News

California:  STDs Increasing at a "Concerning Rate"
Nationally, STDs have been steadily increasing, but in The Golden State, the problem is particularly severe.  According to Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, “The number of reported STDs in California is increasing at a concerning rate.  This is the third year in a row that we have seen increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.”  Health officials say the rates reflect decreasing condom usage, a lack of awareness about STDs among doctors and patients, and a falling number of STD clinics.  More can be found in this article.

Idaho:  Gonorrhea Rates Sky-Rocket
Five counties in the Panhandle Health District had a 115 percent increase in the number of reported cases of gonorrhea compared to the same time period last year. In this article, epidemiologist Jeff Lee says, "There is not a single factor that attributes to the increase, [however], case investigations point to several causes, including online dating, limited sex education and unprotected sex.”

New York:  Health Department Seeks to Expand Awareness, But Misses the Mark
With the rate of some STDs increasing by double-digits in New York City, health officials have launched a new campaign.  The campaign seeks to encourage STI testing through social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Grindr.  The most telling comment comes from Assistant Commissioner of the bureau of STD Control, Dr. Susan Blank.  In response to the campaign, she says, “Short of abstinence – which is not realistic for many New Yorkers – condoms provide the best protection available for syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.”


Why Are Fewer Young People Getting Married?
In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that married 25-to-34 year-olds outnumbered their never-married peers by a margin of 55% to 34%.  By 2015, those estimates had almost reversed.  The author of this Wall Street Journal article contends that there is a "more straightforward and primal explanation for the slowed pace toward marriage: For American men, sex has become rather cheap. As compared to the past, many women today expect little in return for sex, in terms of time, attention, commitment or fidelity. Men, in turn, do not feel compelled to supply these goods as they once did. It is the new sexual norm for Americans, men and women alike, of every age."

Teens Doing Good!

Student Group Working to Reduce Community Violence
Through August 2017, there have been more homicides in Washtenaw County, MI, than there were in all of 2016. Most occurred in Ypsilanti or Ypsilanti Township.  In an effort to stop the violence, Youth Empower formed the "Ypsilanti Wake and Rise Crusade.  According to 18-year-old Youth Empower president DaQuann Harrison, to stem the tide, he wants "community leaders to engage with residents in a personal way, such as parents being involved in education."
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