February 2017 Newsletter

2017 Symposium: Early-bird rate ends tomorrow, March 1

Time is running out to secure your discounted registration rate for the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's 6th annual Symposium on March 29-31. Early-bird registration rate ends tomorrow, March 1!** This year's program includes an unbeatable list of keynotes, sessions and professional development workshops covering a range of current topics from immigrant parents, clinical interventions, and sex ed to new thinking around prevention messaging, working with pregnant and parenting teens, and youth-friendly healthcare. There will be something for everyone - we guarantee it!    

Need more reasons to join us next month? 
  • Top-rated sessions:  More than 50 speakers and facilitators will provide valuable information designed to enhance your knowledge while providing you with new ways to solve your most important challenges. 
  • Global experts: You will hear from amazing speakers including scientists from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as leaders from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi. 
  • Continuing education: When you open your program, you will see an incredible journey of learning before you and an opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units for Social Work (SW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Certified Public Health (CPH) and Continuing Professional Education (CPE). 
  • Widen your network: Meet and mingle with the people who "speak your language" and face the same day-to-day challenges that you do. There will be plenty of opportunities to make new friends, mingle with old friends, swap stories and share best practices.

**Because of our generous sponsors, we have scholarship opportunities available. 
Please contact Melanie at melanie@txcampaign.org for more information.
Your voice is needed

The Texas Youth Friendly Initiative is focused on developing the Texas standard of care for quality youth health services. We are currently collecting input from direct service professionals to explore challenges and opportunities when implementing quality youth health services. If you would be willing to participate in a one-hour phone interview in the next week or two, please contact Dr. Hoda Sana at hoda@txcampaign.org.
New report finds Texas school districts skimping on sex ed

More than 83 percent of Texas school districts taught abstinence-only or no sex education at all in the 2015-16 school year, according to a  new report   from the Texas Freedom Network. Despite the high share, that percentage is down from around a decade ago, when the organization first examined the issue.

Amplify Austin with the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Amplify Austin Day is our city's annual community-wide day of online giving. The 24-hour period provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together while helping local nonprofits. Over the past four years, Amplify Austin has raised over $24.7M for hundreds of local organizations.  Every dollar donated to the Texas Campaign helps us continue our mission to improve the quality of life for children, families, and communities across Texas by preventing unintended teen  pregnancies . As a nonprofit we rely on contributions from our community to make sure we deliver on our mission! 

Read to help? Schedule your personal donation ahead of time or between March 2, 6 pm and March 3, 6 pm by clicking here.
The 85th Texas Legislative Session

The Texas Campaign monitors selected bills related to adolescent health, sexuality education, reproductive rights and access to healthcare. Click below to access a list of bills that we are currently tracking, to search for current districts and members of the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives, and to look up specific bills filed this session. The last day to file bills is March 10, 2017.

February news roundup

There is a lot of great news on adolescent health, sexuality education, teen pregnancy prevention and other related issues covered by the media each month.  These news pieces dive into the latest research, cover best practices, and even provide personal opinions. The one thing they have in common is that that they provide valuable insight into these issues.

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