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Greetings {FIRST_NAME}, February 14 , 2010

Abstinence Awareness Week is March 6 to March 13

Angel (L) and Tierra, School Without Walls Seniors, testify at the City Council Youth hearing.

With a new study showing that abstinence programs are effective at reducing teen sexual activity, the celebration of Abstinence Awareness Week in Washington, DC takes on even greater importance this year. Sunday March 7 is Abstinence Awareness Sunday. Please reprint and distribute this insert to everyone in your congregation. If you would like us to publicize your Abstinence Awareness Week event, please email the information to Richard Urban. You can find activities and mini-posters here. You can purchase the following ULTRA Teen Choice videos from the ULTRA Teen Choice store to facilitate education and discussion at your location:

  •     Youth Forum III (Howard University-2009)
  •     I Am Abstinence Working DVD
  •     Youth Forum 2008 DVD
  •     High School Club Formation DVD
  •     STAR Guide Mentor Testimonies DVD
  •     Why Wait: Classroom Peer Counseling DVD
  •     Youth Forum 2007 DVD

Sexual Health Means More Sexual Exploration?

Washington DC at large City Councilmember David Catania's Youth Sexual Health Project has released a 140 page report.
Mr. Catania's brave new world will teach that "youth sexual health is the ability to understand, respect, and enjoy the different dimensions of sexuality". A sidebar in the introductions quotes from the Canadian Health Education Guidelines, 2008 "Sexuality encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy, and reproduction. Sexuality is experienced and expressed in thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behavior, practices, roles and relationships".

The word "abstinence" is mentioned only four times in the entire document. "Condoms" are mentioned about 50 times. The report includes a newly developed sexual health curriculum for 7th to 12th grade called "TRISH", for Teen Relationships, Identity, and Sexual Health. Two thirds of the curriculum deals with "Identity" (Sexual Orientation), and "Gender". There is a lot of very objectionable material in this curriculum, and I will be examining it in subsequent posts.

How can a major document written by four supposed "experts" and six research assistants working in the city with the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in the nation not even mention reducing the number of sexual partners as a goal for sexual health? Also how can there be almost no focus whatsoever on promoting sexual abstinence? This is because the report is based on the flawed view that all kinds of sexual exploration are healthy for youth and that you should not discourage sexual exploration. Call David Catania's office to express your viewpoint regarding this report.

Use the ULTRA Teen Choice email tool to reach all DC City Council Members and key staff persons:

Community Events

Urban Beekeeping
February 22nd, March 1st, 8th and 15th
Sherwood Recreation Center
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
640 149th St. NE
Toni Burnham, an Urban Grocery Customer and beekeeper extraordinaire will be teaching the basics of urban beekeeping in this four session series. Upon completion of the class students are encouraged to volunteer at one of DPR's bee hives( Pre-registration required at Kelly.melsted@dc.gov)

Passion, Purity & Power Prayer
March 6, 2010 Saturday
8:45am – 12noon
St. Teresa of Avila Church
13th & V Sts. SE
FREE
Sponsored by
Embrace--Single Wholeness & Marriage Strengthening Inc.
Select Singles
Hosted by
The St. Teresa of Avila Charismatic Prayer Group
Pre-Registration at 202-269-3449
Or at relationships-sweet.com

STAR Guide Intern Opportunity

Are you a high school or college student who believes in sexual abstinence? Then help others while getting paid to be a STAR (Student Teaching Abstinence & Responsibility). Contact Richard by email or call 202-558-5550.

 

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ULTRA Teen Choice Store

The War on Intimacy

by Richard Panzer and Mary Ann Mosack

Do you know what is being taught in your child's sex education class?
Where did the current ideas about sex education come from?
What is meant when some curricula talk about "abstinence".
Why are condoms promoted so heavily in some curricula, and abstinence ignored.
Find out the answer to these questions and much more by purchasing your copy of The War on Intimacy.
This is a must read for those who want to know how we got where we are regarding sex education for our youth.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit ULTRA Teen Choice: Order Now

Helpful Links

For Teens & Young Adults:
Free Teens USA
Miss the Mess

For Parents
http://www.ultrateenchoice.org/
http://www.abstinenceassociation.org/

http://www.abstinenceworks.org/

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