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Greetings {FIRST_NAME}, October 26, 2011

The STAR Program at Lovin' Life has Launched!

   Five STAR Guides and about a dozen others participated in the first session of the STAR Program at Lovin' Life on October 23rd at the Emergence Community Arts Collective. The purpose of the STAR Program is to help participants find lasting happiness by living a purposeful life that honors sexual abstinence, healthy relationships and a God-centered world view. The session began with a Lovin' Life Ministries video service, including the songs "Butterfly", "Wonderful World", "Bridge over Troubled Waters", "Mint Car, and "Everlasting" love. Lovin' Life pastor In Jin Moon gave an inspirational message about the kind of attitude that young people need if they want to "rule the world", emphasizing the importance of your parents, appreciating small things, and learning self control.
   After a break for pizza, veggies, and snacks, a discussion of the devotional was led by Howard University Junior Miracle Worrell. Miracle shared how the words from the song "Butterfly" inspired her. She led the youth in thinking about how the best place to start to be a true "ruler of the world" is with yourself. Next, Miracle, Sarah Urban and Yun-a Johnson presented a PowerPoint presentation on Protecting your Future. Participanats had a chance to reflect on what their goals in life are, and also how the use of alcohol, drugs and sexual activity outside of marriage can affect those goals.
   The STAR Program is for middle school, high school and young adults. Parents of youth enrolled in the program are also welcome.
   There are stll a couple of places available in this program series.
Click Here to go to the Registration Page.

The program continues each week until December 11th at the Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call Richard or Stacey Urban at 202-558-5550 for more information, or send an email to Richard.

Star Guide Training Seminar includes testimony from Veteran STAR Guide

peer counselors

Participants at the STAR Guide Training Seminar: View more pictures on Flickr

   About one dozen participatns received STAR Guide Training at the Howard School of Nursing and Allied Health on Saturday, October 15th. Veteran STAR Guide Yun-a Johnson kicked off the Seminar with a get to know you activity. Participants received training in the Relationship Intelligence PowerPoint presentations and activites Protecting Your Future and Maturing Your Love. During the lunch break, a video clip introduced Lovin' Life Ministries.
    Yun-a Johnson and Sarah Urban lead peer counseling training in Learning Assertiveness Skills.

View Yun-a's testimony about why telling others about your decision to abstain is important here.

The seminar concluded with presentation practice by seminar participants.

Legislation and Governance

The South Capitol Street Tragedy Memorial Act of 2011 is bad legislation

   The South Capitol Street Memorial Act of 2011 will create an intrusive government bureaucracy and will ask teachers to take on an extra workload to do mental health evaluations.
We need more family strengthening and less government intrusion. The inability of the District's Youth and Rehabilitative Services Agency as well as the Child and Family Services Agency to properly care for those under their respective jusisdictions should give us pause in creating yet another government beauracracy.
   Also, with a budget shortfall, how can this monstrous beauracracy be funded?
This bill should be killed now, and more effort given to supporting community based education to prevent risky behavior among our youth. Studies show that behaviors such as being suspended from school are related to other risky behaviors, such as sex outside of marriage. A character based, abstinence affirming sexual health education alternative to the condom based apporach now used in DC would be a good place to start in reducing risky behavior among DC youth.

Email all DC Councilmembers plus the mayor now and ask them to kill this bill by using our email tool:
Click here for the email tool

Update on Dangerous HPV Vaccinations for 6th grade DC Girls

Important Note: You do not have to vaccinate your 6th grade daughter with the HPV Vaccine: You can opt out for any reason: You can find the opt out form here: click for opt out form

Find out more about the vaccination: click here

View crucial testimony before the DC Council on May 5, 2011: click here

Services Provided

HIV/AIDS, pregnancy prevention, and relationship education Presentations
are available for your school, church or organization.

peer counselors

Form left, Alexis, Daryn, and Brieanna during peer counselor training.
View more pictures on Flickr

ULTRA Teen Choice is a premier provider of HIV/AIDS prevention services and peer counselor training that is abstinence centered and evidence based. Call Richard at 202-558-5550 to schedule sessions for your school, church or organization. Click here for more information.

STAR (Students Teaching Abstinence & Responsibility) Guides are young adults who practice sexual abstinence. STAR Guides teach other youth about the benefits of abstinence, and serve as positive role models. To apply to be a STAR Guide, visit our website and fill out a volunteer application: Click Here.

 

Abstinence-based Resources

Forum 2011:
Sex; What They Don't Tell You. Why Wait for Marriage?
DVD Video Release
View Video Highlights:
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Click here to view video highlights; or view video highlights at ULTRAteenchoice.org: click here

Purchase the 43 minute DVD video for just $10 at the ULTRA Teen Choice store: Click here to purchase, or call 202-558-5550 to order.

Every family should have a copy. This video is a great conversation starter and a great source of information and inspiration for everyone who wants the best future for all of our youth.

 

Community News

Ai Means Love:
New Independent Romatic Comedy from LIGHTSMITH PRODUCTIONS  

He's "Made in America."
She's "Made in Japan."
But, their parents think they are "Made for Each Other."
Special Screening: The Avalon Theatre
5212 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20015
Sunday, Nov 6th, 8:00 p.m.

www.aimeanslove.com
301-202-4577
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