Messages that Matter: Strengthening Prevention and Supporting Young Families
About the Conference
Each year, the Alliance draws together teen parent and teen pregnancy prevention service providers from across New England for a day of continuing education, skill-building, networking, resource sharing, and support. This year’s conference, Messages that Matter: Strengthening Prevention and Supporting Young Families, aims to give you the tools to work with teens holistically, whether in pregnancy prevention or with teen parents.
2007 Conference Goals
The goals of the 2007 Teen Pregnancy Institute are to:
- Expand participants’ skills for working with teen parents and teens at risk.
- Provide opportunities for participants to network with state and region wide program providers, allowing for an exchange of information and the development of support networks.
- Share science and research based strategies, as well as innovative programs, to prevent teen pregnancy and support teen parents.
- Inspire and renew participants’ passion for and commitment to this important work.
Finding Common Ground: Developing Appropriate Messages About Sex for Youth
Currently many sex education programs emphasize abstinence and condoms or other forms of contraception for youth who do have sex. However, These emphases are inadequate and there are other behaviors that have a large impact on STD risk. Dr. Kirby will review the content of current messages, their impact on pregnancy rates and their limitations. He will identify additional behaviors that need to be targeted to reduce STDs, but are largely ignored by programs. He will also identify criteria for effective messages and recommendations for different organizations promoting such messages.
Dr. Douglas Kirby
Dr. Douglas Kirby is a Senior Research Scientist at ETR Associates in California. He has run state and nation wide examinations of sexual education programs in schools. Some of Dr. Kirby’s most fascinating work revolves around his identification of certain characteristics that effective sexual education programs possess. To date, he has authored and co-authored over 100 articles and studies.