Federal budget proposes damaging cuts to programs that help reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy
Last week, President Trump released his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget and it proposes deep cuts to programs that help reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy. We all need to keep up the drumbeat about the great work these programs are funding in your community, especially the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program, which provides more than $8 million in funding annually to eight organizations across Texas.
Remember that the President's budget is only a request. Congress holds the purse strings and it is now up to them to take action. It is essential that members of Congress hear how these programs positively impact your community and the importance of continuing them. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has made available a number of resources through their new Federal Policy Action Center to assist you.
The Texas Campaign is hiring a Project Manager of Youth Friendly Services to
oversee all the administrative, development and programmatic aspects of our Texas Youth Friendly Initiative. This initiative aims toincrease Texas health centers' capacity to provide youth-friendly health services through an innovative learning collaborative and certification program.
Funding opportunity: Paso del Norte Health Foundation
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is inviting applicants to submit professional qualifications to fulfill the duties of a Backbone Organization for their Healthy Kids Priority Area, which promotes programs and policies to increase protective factors for youth. Eligible applicants include nonprofit tax-exempt organizations, including churches and units of government located in the Paso del Norte Region. The deadline to submit the RFQ is June 7, 2017 and applicants will be selected in July 2017.
Funding opportunity: DSHS announces awards for Texas schools
Applications are now being accepted for DSHS' Discovery Award and Reaching for Excellence Award in Texas School Health. This awards program gives Texas schools and school districts the opportunity to win cash prizes for their
school health projects that improve the lifelong physical, mental and social well-being of their students, staff and school. The deadline to apply is August 31.
Deadline extension: Free training and technical assistance
The National Campaign is pleased to announce the release of its Request for Proposals to address teen and unplanned pregnancy in dependency and juvenile delinquency courts.
Deadline to submit applications is 11:59 pm, May 31, 2017. Participants will:
Receive FREE training and technical assistance;
Learn how to improve educational and economic outcomes for youth through utilizing the When You Decide: A Judge's Guide to Pregnancy Prevention Among Foster Youth Toolkit; and
Increase their knowledge about evidence-based strategies, and ensure foster youth in their jurisdiction receive the appropriate support and information shown to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy.
This month's news roundup features a Texas Tribune editorial penned by Texas Campaign President and CEO Dr. Gwen Daverth which focuses on the role of parents in the healthy development of their children, and a KERA radio feature that highlights how certain parts of Texas have teen pregnancy rates nearly double the national average. Other topics of interest include an app that makes sex ed more accessible to middle school students, teaching moments for parents, and a study that found women on LARCs are less likely to also use condoms.