2016 College and Essay Scholarships will open on December 10, 2015

 

It’s that time of year again. We at teenNow California are excited and proud to announce that the 2016 College and Essay Scholarship Awards will be open to accept essays and applications beginning December 10, 2015!

 

Scholarships are for pregnant and parenting teens that will graduate from high school this year and plan on going on to college. If you work with young people that fit this description, this is your opportunity to help them get started on their path to a better future. Please check back for the application form  to distribute to these seniors. Let’s support these fabulous youth and get them on their way to college!

 

teenNow California has been awarding scholarships annually since 1985. We are proud of our graduates success, their resilience and strength.

teenNow Welcomes Kayla Wilson as new board President

Welcome Kayla Wilson, MBA as the new Board President

 

teenNow California welcomes our new Board President, Kayla Wilson, MBA. Kayla has served on the Board for 3 years.  She has served as the Secretary/Treasurer for 2 years and participated on the Scholarship, Fund Development and Membership Committees. She brings a wealth of experience in non-profits, developing and implementing programs, evaluation, youth development and community capacity building. She has worked for the Fresno County Office of Education for over 15 years. She has developed, managed and evaluated programs targeting both youth and adults. She has monitored programs throughout the State. In addition, she has extensive experience working directly with teens in a leadership and mentoring capacity.

 

Kayla remarked, “I am honored to be elected as the new Board President for teenNow California. The Executive Director, Pam Kitagawa, and the entire Board are dedicated to ensuring that the youth in California have access to exemplary reproductive health services and education. We believe in supporting our adolescent parents through systemic support and change. Teen parents can absolutely be successful students, parents and members of our society, especially when the adults who support this unique group of parents has the skillset and knowledge of understanding the specific needs of this population.

 

“California has seen a steady decline in the rate of teen pregnancy. However, there are still communities where the rates is 2 to 3 times higher that the state average. Sexually transmitted infections are a serious health issue for teens. teenNow California is committed to providing technical assistance and professional development to: school administrators and employees; health care providers and counselors; nonprofit organizations; and youth in the areas of:

  • Creating safe relationships and spaces for youth, including LGBT youth
  • Mandated HIV/AIDS and comprehensive sex education in schools
  • School climate
  • Serving and supporting teen parents and their children
  • Adolescent brain development
  • Impact of trauma on our youth
  • Foster care youth
  • And a plethora of other topics we know are important to the dedicate providers committed to ensuring the youth in this state receive the best health and emotional health.

 

“I am excited to embark upon this new journey with teenNow. I am dedicated to ensuring that our youth have a voice and that our providers are equipped to support, advocate, empower and educate our young parents and adolescents in the areas of parenting and reproductive health.”

 

Please join us in welcoming Kayla. Send her an email at tnca@teennowcalifornia.org

GCAPP

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by Pam Kitagawa

I am so happy to congratulate the Georgia Campaign For Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP) for celebrating their 20th anniversary! GCAPP has celebrated with special events throughout the year, honoring both their beginning and their progress.

 

Founded in 1995 by Jane Fonda to reduce the high number of unintended and teen pregnancies in Georgia, they have achieved great success over the years. On September 24th there will be a grand celebration to honor GCAPP and Ms. Fonda. Over 500 will attend with a special performance by Grammy-Award winning artist, Alison Krauss. All of us at teenNow will be celebrating with them, in spirit!

 

Over the past few years, Kim M. Note, MPH, MCHES, President & CEO has worked tirelessly to expand the mission, vision and focus areas of GCAPP.  Their focus areas have expanded to include:

  • Teen pregnancy prevention
  • Physical activity & nutrition
  • Healthy relationships

 

Congratulations to all at the Georgia Campaign For Adolescent & Potential and cheers for another 20 more!

 

Warmly,

Pam Kitagawa

Executive Director, teenNow California

 

2016 Spending Bill

Executive Director, Pam Kitagawa, releases the following statement about the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health Services and Education Subcommittee’s fiscal year 2016 spending bill.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
San Jose, CA – On June 23rd, the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health Services and Education (LHHS) Subcommittee’s passed its version of the fiscal year 2016 spending bill. This bill drastically cuts or eliminates critical programs proven to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy, reduce abortion and save tax dollars. This comes immediately after the House subcommittee’s bill that eliminated TPPP and Title X entirely. These actions put both programs in great jeopardy. Pam Kitagawa, Executive Director at teenNow California has released the following statement:

“This is an incredibly frustrating, disappointing and short sighted decision from the House and Senate leadership. Teen birth rates in California, and indeed in the whole country, are at historic lows. To strip away the infrastructure that contributed greatly to achieving these drops would be disastrous. Losing Title X funding would devastate the public health care services that millions of teen and adults have come to depend on for reproductive health services, birth control, pregnancy testing and obstetrical care, as well as cancer screening. School-based health centers may also be forced to close their doors. Teen pregnancy prevention programs as well as teen parenting programs will likely be forced to do the same.

At a time when so much progress has been made on reducing teen pregnancy in California and the nation – an issue that is directly connected to poverty, health graduation rates, workforce competitiveness and costs to taxpayers – this draft funding full would undo decades of work in an instant and devastate program in our state that serve vulnerable population and high-risk communities. We, in California, should understand the need to continue to fund research proven programs that help young people graduate, become competitive in the workforce, escape poverty and avoid become a parent as teenagers. We strongly urge our California delegation to stand up and do what’s right and restore funding to these critical program.”

 

Board President, Jennifer Barber, MPH, also stated:
We need to stop funding cuts to evidence-based programs that work. Eliminating Title X and TPP programs would be devastating for families and communities nationwide, as these two critical programs work to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy, reduce abortion, and save tax dollars.  I’m discouraged that time and time again, Congress funds “band-aids” used to address serious population and public health problems. As soon as programs show evidence of success, funding priorities shift to the next big public health issue, assuming we solved this or that problem, continually stripping away the very backbone and support that was making the difference. It is critical that we continue to weigh-in with our House or Senate Appropriations Committee members and ask that they stop eliminating funding for evidence-based programs.  We need to speak loudly if we want these programs to exist next year. Please take a moment to urge them to fully fund the research-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) at $101 million and Title X at $286 million for FY 2016.

 

Let your voice be heard. Here is what we Californian’s can do.
Call your Senator and Congressperson and let them know your thoughts and opinion.
Write an op-ed or letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
Let your community know.
Be an advocate for the well-being of teens throughout the state.

Resources:
If you do not know who your member of Congress is, click here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

May is teen pregnancy prevention month

It is the sense of teenNow California that the state of California should intensify its efforts to reduce the high rates of teen pregnancies and births by declaring May 6, 2015 the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. WE are committed to raising awareness about the importance of this critical issue, promoting parent-child communication, and investing in programs that have been proven to reduce teen pregnancy.

Quick Facts:

• Teen pregnancy is closely linked to a number of critical social issues such as poverty, educational attainment, involvement in the criminal justice and child welfare systems, and more;

• Teen childbearing costs U.S. taxpayers about $9 billion each year;

• A child is 9 times more likely to grow up in poverty if he or she is born to unmarried teen parents who have not yet completed high school;

• Less than half of mothers who have a child before they turn 18 ever graduate from high school, and less than 2 percent of mothers who have children before 18 have a college degree by age 30;

• Children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and at low birthweight;

• Children of teen parents are 2 times more likely to suffer abuse and neglect than would occur if their mothers had delayed childbearing;

• 8 in 10 adults view teen pregnancy as an important problem and 7 in 10 believe more efforts to prevent teen pregnancy are needed in their community;

• 7 in 10 adults and a plurality of teens wish that teens were getting more information about both abstinence and contraception, rather than either/or;

• 7 in 10 adults agree that there should be more community efforts to reduce teen pregnancy

Our new website!

We have a new look!

We will have new content very soon.  Please feel free to visit while it is under construction, and come back later when you will find some significant changes.   We hope the new site is brighter and easier to navigate.  We would like your input on what sorts of content you would like to see as we move forward.

Please share your thoughts and ideas. Your feedback is important to us. We will have exciting new content to share along-side the content you have come to expect.

• Upcoming trainings
You will be able to see trainings offered by TNCA, as well as those being offered by our partner organizations

• Advocacy Corner
This is a place where you can get information on the whats, whens and hows of advocating for your organization, for issues, ideas and more. This will be an evolving, go-to place for both new and seasoned advocates around issues of adolescent well-being.

• Job openings
This section depends a great deal on you. If you have a job opening for a youth-serving professional, school staff, social service agency, etc., please let us know. Send us an email at tnca@teennowcalifornia.org.

• Funding opportunities
Here you will find funding resources, including RFPs, and information on effective grant writing.

• Resource Center
Updated resources, information, and materials will be updated frequently. You will be able to see what is happening in other states, get the latest data and get links to materials that will help teachers, health educators, healthcare providers and grant writers.

I am proud to be a part of teenNow California. Over the past 41 years we have accomplished much and will achieve so much more in the years to come. I invite you to become a member and be a part of our movement to improve the lives and well-beings of our young people.

I invite your comments

Website under construction

Pardon our dust!   As you can see, we are working on creating a great new website full or amazing resources for you.   Please contact us at tnca@teennowcalifornia.org if you have any questions, and be sure to check out our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/teennowcalifornia) and our blog (https://tnca.wordpress.com/)  , scholarship applications are on our blog page!