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Character, not Condoms E-Newsletter, January-February, 2007

Abstinence Awareness Week: March 10 to March 17, 2007

   Abstinence Awareness week will be celebrated here in Washington, DC from March 10 to March 17 with the following events, which are all free and open to the public:

  • Youth Forum: Saturday March 10; Reception, 2:00 p.m.; Program 2:30 p.m.
    Thurgood Marshall Center: 1816 12th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

  • Guard Your Diamond, Guard Your Future Program; Sunday, March 11, 2:30 p.m.
    Christian Love Baptist Church: 818 Bladensburg Rd. NE, Washington, DC 20002

  • Power of Purity Assembly: Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Thursday, March 15 9:00 a.m. 410 E St. NE, Washington, DC. Parents and the Public are welcome.

  • City Council Awareness Day, Friday, March 16: Mayoral and City Council visits to educate our legislators.

  • Essay Contest on the topic “Is sexual abstinence better for unmarried persons” 6th to 8th grade and 9th to 12th grade divisions. $100, $50, and $25 prizes for each division. Click Here for More Information.
    Action steps:
  • Use the bulletin insert at your church or house of worship: get it here.
  • Enter the Essay contest, and promote it at your local school: get the Flyer here. (The deadline is February 28th).
  • Attend one or more of the above events; RSVP is requested, but not required. Please reply to with your name, the event(s) you are attending, and the number attending.
  • Forward this information to your friends and contacts.
    Abstinence Awareness Week is supported by the following organizations:

    Capitol Hill Kiwanis Club, Christian Love Baptist Church, Concerned Black Men, Flame Financial, Pilgrim Baptist Church, ULTRA Teen Choice, Darold White, AMERIGROUP, DC Healthy Marriage & Relationship Coalition / Together is Better, East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership, Abundantly Living Services, ALS-Singles Wholeness & Marriage Savers, Avon Products, Inc., Jehovah Jireh Community Development Center
    East Capitol Center for Change


8th Grade Club Members at Stuart-Hobson Middle School prepare for Abstinence Awareness Week
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Simone' counsels her peers at Kramer Middle School
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  8th Grade Club members at Kramer Middle School lead peer counseling sessions for two 8th grade and one 7th grade class. They explained their reasons for staying abstinent, and asked the students questions after playing video clips of situations where pressure was being applied to get sexually involved. Participating students got to think through why it is best to resist pressure to be sexually involved, and they were reminded that the majority of teens are not having sex.

Ken Tracy speaks to Club members at Eastern Senior High School
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  Mr. Ken Tracy of the Capitol Hill Kiwanis Club was the featured guest speaker at the February 1st meeting of the Eastern Senior High School ULTRA Teen Choice Service Club. Mr. Tracy shared about his experience rising through the ranks from being a ditch digger to a Vice President with Washington Gas Company. He explained that the amount of money that one makes is not the most important goal in life; the more money you make the more money you will most likely spend on higher priced items. The doors are wide open to today's students if they will make the most of the opportunities available. Mr. Tracey even explained how his knowledge of Latin gained in high school helped him in winning the affection of his wife!
   View the Reality Check Video: The video is superb!  I am really touched and inspired by the work you are committed to. I wish such a program existed when I was at Kramer. The mission and purpose is nothing but positive. The best things in our world sometimes seem to get the least support.  But I know that this program will expand and reach those who make it happen as well as those whom you service. Montrella Cowan: Catholic University Student.
Watch the Reality Check video by clicking here.

Eastern Senior High School Club co-Presidents Donise & Ade
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Help ULTRA Teen Choice reach its goal of helping more Washington DC youth to be successful by abstaining from sex before marriage.  Sponsor a deserving DC youth for only $32 per month.  Click here to sponsor a child now, or just reply to this email and include your name, address, telephone and preference for email contact or mail contact and we will send you a sponsor form.

View all of the photos of this month's activities by clicking here.

Faculty advisor Ms. Andrea Jones and peer counselor Melanie at Kramer Middle School.