For those of you who were listening to our Web radio show on Tuesday, we’re sorry about the problems that caused the show to end prematurely. We’re talking with technical support for BlogTalkRadio to try to determine what caused the issues, and will reschedule the show once we figure it out. Thank you to all who called in the share your stories.
Don’t forget that at 3:30 today we’ll be talking about what’s happened in California as a result of the budget cuts to adolescent health. Although we discussed the consequences before the budget passed, it’s important that we keep attention focused on the programs and services we’ve given up, and what losing them will mean to our youth. We hope to have representatives from the legislature listening as well as people from media outlets. so this is an important way to keep decision-makers from forgetting about the vital programs youth need to stay healthy. We need your voices, too, to tell listeners about how the youth in your communities are suffering as a result of the de-funding of CCG, Cal-Learn, and the loss of so many Cal-SAFE programs to flexibility. Please call in today! See below for show information.
When: Tuesday July 26th, 3:30 PM PST
To call in: (323) 417-6767
We’ve talked a lot over the last few months about what would happen if the Governor and the legislature were to follow through with the devastating cuts to adolescent reproductive health programs. We’ve sent letters, visited the Capitol and local legislative offices, and enlisted the help of numerous supporters. Despite all our efforts, the cuts were made: The one-year suspension of Cal-Learn, the defunding of the Community Challenge Grant (CCG) program. And still there are major threats to the programs and services that have helped so many California youth to be successful. The California School Age Families Education program (Cal-SAFE) is continually under fire as a result of being placed in Tier 3 flexibility. Schools are taking the money meant for Cal-SAFE and using it for other programs and services, and either underfunding or closing programs throughout the state. The Adolescent Family Life Program is constantly fighting cuts to its program, and we’re still suffering from the loss of the Male Involvement Program and TeenSmart Outreach, two wonderfully innovative and effective programs that were cut in 2008.
Despite the setbacks we’ve faced, now is NOT the time to give up. One of the things I’ve found so amazing about working in this field is the level of dedication and passion that my colleagues demonstrate every day. I know that even though things look pretty bleak right now, we can find a way to ensure that California doesn’t lose too much ground in the coming years. We need, as a field (and this includes all of you out there who, although you may have lost your jobs in the budget cuts or been transferred away from teen reproductive health, still care about this issue and want to stay involved) to stick together and continue to make our voices heard, to try to convince legislators and the Governor that these programs are too valuable to eliminate. We can advocate for the refunding of Cal-Learn and CCG in the future, we can work to find ways to ensure that sex education and youth/leadership development are still in the forefront.
One of the ways we hope to do this is through our monthly Internet radio show, TNCA Talks. In July, we’ll be talking about the budget cuts from a different perspective, and we want to make sure that everyone knows that the impacts we’re talking about are no longer predictions, but very harsh realities. We need you to call into the show to discuss the ways the cuts have impacted your communities; how many teens are no longer receiving service, how many communities have been dropped from the ranks of those that are offered programming, how many schools no longer have an adequately trained person to deliver their state- and federally-mandated prevention programming. We’re promoting the show to legislators, the media, the community at large and to anyone who cares about this issue in the hopes to garner more attention to what’s really happening on the ground as a result of funding cuts.
Please join us and make your voice heard. We need as many people as possible to call in and tell their stories.
Breaking News! TeenNow California has added a very important piece to our 2011 conferences. In light of the recent budget cuts that have nearly decimated our teen pregnancy prevention and teen parent programs in California, we are holding an emergency session at the conferences to discuss how we can move forward and protect the knowledge and skills that we have developed over the last decades. We can not afford to lose the expertise that has allowed California to be one of the most successful states in reducing the teen birth rate—both primary and secondary—and supporting young families. The programming will include a panel that discusses the state of things in adolescent sexual health as they stand in this new fiscal year, and a focus group session where you, the experts in the field, will help strategize on how we can move forward. Please don’t miss this critical discussion, which will take place as part of our Main conferences: North, September 27th in Oakland, and South, October 11th in Los Angeles. For more information on the conference and how to register, please visit our conference site or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call us at 619-741-9650.