Reproductive Health 101: Webinar Series!

Are you new to teaching sex education, or talking with teens about sexual health? Or maybe you just need a refresher on everything that’s new in the field? Then this webinar series is for you! Over the course of three sessions, we’ll teach reproductive anatomy and physiology, discuss available methods of contraception, and educate you on how teens can prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Part one covers anatomy and physiology, part 2 is on STIs, and part 3 covers contraception methods. You can choose just one of the three, or attend all three for the most comprehensive training!

Part One: Tuesday, February 26thPart Two: Tuesday, March 5th

Part Three: Tuesday, March 12th
All three webinars will be held from 2:30 PM PST – 3:30PM PST

 

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now:Part One: Anatomy and Physiology https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8310074046673897216

Part two: Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4739311079425583360

Part Three: Preventing Unintended Pregnancy

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6421652930364739840

After registering you will be sent to a link to our events page where you can pay for your webinar. Find member and non-member prices and more online now!

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2013 Scholarships Available!

We are pleased to announce that our annual scholarships for expectant and parenting teens and teen leaders are now OPEN for 2013! Deadline is March 29, 2013. You can find the applications online here: http://teennowcalifornia.org/scholarships.php

Scholarships for expectant and parenting students are awarded by region.  A $300 Regional Scholarship Award will be given to a senior in each of the 8 TeenNow regions. Each regional applicant will then compete for the STATE Scholarship of an additional $500. One $500 scholarship is available for teens in leadership roles in adolescent health.

Also, please remember that we can’t offer these scholarships without your support. We are in the middle of a fundraising drive to support our scholarship program. For more information about the scholarship program, and to donate, please click here.

Eligibility Requirements (for expectant or parenting teens scholarship):

  • Male and female high school graduating seniors who are expectant or parenting
  • Currently attending a high school within the state of California
  • Planning to pursue further education or training after high school
  • Sponsorship by a current TeenNow California member

EACH APPLICANT MUST BE SPONSORED BY A CURRENT TEENNOW CALIFORNIA MEMBER. If you with to sponsor and are not sure whether you are a current member, please contact tnca@teennowcalifornia.org to check our membership records. Any applicant who does not have a current member as a sponsor will be disqualified. To become a sponsor in your area or find a sponsor in your region, contact us at tnca@teennowcalifornia.org. To become a member click here.

Eligibility Requirements (for teens in leadership roles in adolescent health scholarship):

  • Male and female high school graduating seniors who volunteer or work in the field of adolescent reproductive health within the state of California
  • Currently attending a high school within the state of California
  • Planning to pursue further education or training after high school
  • Sponsorship by a current TeenNow California member

EACH APPLICANT MUST BE SPONSORED BY A CURRENT TEENNOW CALIFORNIA MEMBER. If your sponsor is not sure whether they are a current member, please contact tnca@teennowcalifornia.org to check our membership records. Any applicant who does not have a current member as a sponsor will be disqualified. To become a sponsor in your area or find a sponsor in your region, contact us at tnca@teennowcalifornia.org. To become a member click here.

GOOD LUCK!

Updates and Happy Holidays from TeenNow!

Wishing you and yours a HAPPY HOLIDAY and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

And…Our holiday gift to you! All throughout December, get a 20% discount off of the 2013 membership rate! Hurry, this offer only lasts until Dec. 31st! Membership discount

Give a gift in honor of someone you know who has overcome the odds. We’re raising money to support our teen scholarship program! Every year, we give out scholarships to eight California teen parents and one California teen student leader to help them go on to secondary education-college or vocational school-after they graduate from high school. Scholarships applications will be available on our website in January. These scholarships are vital to help young people achieve their goals, and you can help! A small donation of $20 can contribute to the education of a teen in your area. Please help now. California youth need opportunities to succeed! Fundraising Goal: $3,400 Campaign Runs Until Jan. 31st, 2013

You’re Invited: Board President Send-Off/Welcome

When: Friday December 21, 2013 at 5:30pm
Where: Jake’s Wine Bar in Hillcrest
What: Please join us to wish outgoing TeenNow California Board President Brian Hayes well as he moves on! We’ll also be welcoming incoming Board President Jennifer Barber! All are welcome. Jake’s will be donating 10% of checks over $10 to TeenNow.

Broadway San Diego and TeenNow Team up for Fundraiser: We are teaming up for a special fundraiser with Broadway San Diego! Purchase tickets for Billy Elliot and a nice percentage will be donated to TeenNow. Holiday gifts anyone?? Purchase anytime before the show.  Promocode: TNCA

Performance: Billy Elliot at Broadway San Diego

Tuesday April 30th @7pm

Wednesday May 1st @7pm

Thursday May 2nd, @7:30pm

Friday May 3rd @7:30pm

Sunday May 5th @6pm

Purchase tickets here: http://groups.broadwaysd.com/x-teennow.html

See you in 2013!

2012 Scholarship: Featured Essay #6

Each month on the blog we will feature one of the eight winning essays from the TeenNow California 2012 Scholarships for pregnant and parenting teens throughout California. The essays are simultaneously inspiring and heartbreaking; each lends insight into trials of adolescent childbearing and the need for continued support for young families. This month’s featured essay by Jakari Peet was the Region 7 winner, earning the student $300 towards her education. Peet plans to study at San Bernardino Valley College this fall. We wish her the best of luck!! Thank you to TeenNow member Stephanie Downing-Cornwell for sponsoring.

Jakari Peet

2012 Scholarship: Featured Essay #4

Each month on the blog we will feature one of the eight winning essays from the TeenNow California 2012 Scholarships for pregnant and parenting teens throughout California. The essays are simultaneously inspiring and heartbreaking; each lends insight into trials of adolescent childbearing and the need for continued support for young families. This month’s featured essay by Jordyn Oliver was the Regional 5 winner, earning the student $300 towards her education. Oliver plans to study at Willow International in Clovis, CA this fall. We wish her the best of luck!! Thank you to TeenNow member David Beale for sponsoring.

Jordyn Oliver

SAVE THE DATE(S)!

We Heard You!

Our members have made it clear: you want a conference! Despite budget cuts and trying times, our members and supporters recognize the importance of face-to-face meetings, so we’re providing them to you! It’s clear that our members and supporters need and want to convene, so we’re planning three regional meetings (North, Central, and South) in the Fall so that members can come together for learning opportunities, networking, and capacity building! These meetings will be formatted differently than our usual conferences so we can make them as affordable as possible to attend.

We are holding three regional meetings:

  • Sacramento-September 28th, 2012
  • Fresno-October 4th, 2012
  • San Diego-October 8th 2012

Come to one, or join us for all of them! Stay tuned for more exciting information about these meetings and their content, and mark your calendars! For more information, e-mail us at tnca@teennowcalifornia.org, or call 619-741-9650. Thanks, and see you at the conference!

Exhibitors Wanted!
We are looking for vendors, agencies and others to exhibit at our Regional meetings! Exhibitor registration is currently open for the Sacramento meeting, on Sept. 28th; for the other meetings look for registration in the coming days. Find out more.

Interview with Dr. Tamu Nolfo, Alliance for CLAS–FREE Services!

Explanation of Benefits: FREE Services for Organizations to Ensure Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

An interview with Tamu Nolfo from ONTRACK Program Resources

What is CLAS? Community Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS). CLAS offers a completely free service funded by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs to help organizations improve outcomes around cultural competency with the end goal of reducing disparities.

Why CLAS? Organizations are encouraged to take advantage of this service because not only is it imperative that organizations offer culturally and linguistically appropriate services for clients and students, but with health care reform and other changes promoting integration, organizations are expected to be aligned with the 14 federal CLAS standards. Additionally, funders are putting cultural and linguistic requirements into contract language; organizations need to be aligned with the CLAS standards in order to meet these contract obligations and to open up opportunities to partner with primary care providers and “move into the future” of funding.

How can CLAS help my organization? CLAS services include several elements. Some organizations are recognizing there may be changes in demographics of the populations they’re serving: an organization may have started out serving one demographic, primarily straight African-American individuals for example, and are now serving more Hmong, Russian, or LGBT individuals of all backgrounds. The consultants at CLAS have expertise in specific areas and can assist organizations in figuring out what cultural and linguistic training is appropriate for current services provided. CLAS consultants look at organizations’ workforce and ask if they have the right people providing services, the right training, and even the right volunteer linkages to provide the most appropriate services. CLAS services can help with data collection. CLAS can help your organization look at the demographics of the community it is serving and see if you are in fact serving who you should be serving. If, for example, your organization has a goal to help young women who are pregnant not get pregnant again within 5 years, CLAS can help find out if there are disparities in services among ethnic groups. CLAS can also help organizations with client satisfaction surveys, finding out if clients are equally happy or if there are differences in client satisfaction based on culture or language.

How does my organization go about getting CLAS services? CLAS’s services are FREE! Interested organizations fill out a very short application online and will be contacted by CLAS for a detailed assessment. After a coaching call, CLAS will create a tailored technical assistance plan of action with your organization. Your organization will be matched with a consultant who will go to you for on-site training and consultation (all paid for!). Each site is eligible for free, tailored services (this means that if your organization is working with three schools, each school is eligible). CLAS offers certification for services, which can be helpful for funding purposes. CLAS services are available on a first come, first serve basis.

For further information, check out the CLAS website: www.allianceforclas.org or contact Tamu Nolfo at tnolfo@ontrackconsulting.org (ONTRACK Program Resources is the organization that manages the contract)

Not sure what cultural competency means? Want to learn more? Watch Dr. Tamu Nolfo explain in this great video! What is cultural competency?

Check out the benefits of CLAS here: CLAS Flyer 2012