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Resources: Abstinence, Marriage, Cohabitation (update 11.2010)

The Medical Institute is offering training in Medical Accuracy. Contact the Medical Institute at 512.328.6268 for information. Project Reality Announces Online Training in 2008 Project Reality is now offering online courses for the Navigator teacher training curriculum. This curriculum is used in grades 8 through 12. Contact Project Reality to find out about participating in this World Class Training: Project Reality's Florida office 239.659.1095.   National Abstinence Clearinghouse — Abstinence.net Abstinence.net Library — http://www.abstinence.net/library/index.php?entryid=3210    Truth4Youth is a website produced by the National Abstinence Clearinghouse that contains abstinence information and chat rooms for educators and teens.   Important Abstinence Book Back in Print Sex, Love or Romance: You Can’t Really Trust Your Heart?, written by Dr. Ray E. Short, provides an excellent message that every abstinence educator will find stimulating.  It is available through the National Abstinence Clearinghouse.  Call (605) 335-3643 to order a copy today!   Abstinence Works!  Here’s How to Prove it! [The Heritage Foundation, June 16, 2004] The Family and Society Database highlights social science research regarding the relationship between family structure and religion and the well-being of men, women, children, and society. The Database contains over 2,000 empirical findings drawn from more than 1,250 peer-reviewed journal articles published throughout the past 20 years. http://www.heritage.org/research/features/familydatabase/   Internet Safety 101 http://www.internetsafety101.org/InternetSafetyrules.htm [We cannot verify that this is 100% sure; it was publicized by Abstinence Clearinghouse, 2 Nov2010.] MARRIAGE  Database Puts Marriage Information from all 50 States at Your Fingertips [The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC, 06/23/04] You're on deadline and you need to find out-quickly, of course, how many states have constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of...

Abstinence Clubs – Some International Examples

THE VIRGINS CLUB OF GHANA SPREADS ABSTINENCE  The Virgins Club of Ghana, an affiliate of the Abstinence Clearinghouse, is doing exciting work in Ghana. Currently hosting 24 groups in the Ashanti Region, these groups bring the message of abstinence until marriage to more than 1,600 African youth. With two years of experience, the Virgins Club is growing and leaders plan to create similar clubs in all ten regions of Ghana. [E-Mail Update, Abstinence Clearinghouse, 8/25/04]   THE POWER OF AN ABSTINENCE CLUBJust Say Yes! (Youth Equipped to Succeed) hosts an Abstinence Club and changes lives. Recently, Just Say Yes! Speaker, Howard Flaherty, addressed the Abstinence Club at Vines High School (Plano, TX) with a presentation entitle, “Sex, Lies, and Society.” After debunking the lies that teens hear about sex in the media from their peers, Howard challenged them to be “revolutionary” in their thinking. One of the club’s officers, David, decided to use the topic as the basis for a speech assignment and he delivered an 8-minute speech on the “The Purity Revolution” to his class. Another club member and recent graduate wrote: “I have been through many rough and trying times in my life. I have most certainly made my share of mistakes and have my share of regrets. When abstinence was introduced to me I was going through a very emotionally stressful time in my life. I had done things I whole—heartedly regretted. I thought I could never be abstinent. Then I met our school nurse who taught me that it is never too late to start over. Since then, I have been going to our school’s...

Teens Peddle Yard Signs to Promote Abstinence (8/04)

 How do you draw attention for abstinence in Milwaukee? A group of creative teens had an idea: yard signs! With signs proclaiming the benefits of saving sex for marriage, teens aged 12-18 took to the streets sharing their message door to door, asking residents if they could display the signs in their yards. The teens also handed out brochures and a fact sheet sharing the ten best reasons to wait before having sex. The ambitious teens were associated with the Opportunities Industrialization Center of Greater Milwaukee. Nearly 700 signs are still available for placement. [The Journal Sentinel, 08/21/04; Yard Signs Help Kids Abstain, E-Mail Update, Abstinence Clearinghouse,...

Teaching Transparencies – Abstinence Is for Lovers Curriculum

THIS CURRICULUM IS IN PROGRESS! It may be updated to a Power Point Program which can be used during your presentation; until then, simply make your own ppt! Teens NEED this information! Abstinence Is For Lovers! Transparency #1: KNOW YOUR VALUES [key with attached label that reads:] "The key to your future" Transparency #2: Rubes Fishbowl – 2 frames. Two fish in small fishbowl. One fish says to other "I'm tired of Just watching the world go by! I'm going to go out there and experience LIFE!"  Second frame: fish inside bowl is looking out at other fish dying on table. Transparency #3: CHLAMYDIA * MOST COMMON STD * 3,000,000 – 4,000,000 INFECTED EACH YEAR [average 70,000 people per state, divide by # of counties in state, and divide by # people per county] * CAUSED BY BACTERIA — can be treated, but… * 20% do NOT RESPOND TO TREATMENT — DAMAGE ALREADY DONE * RESULTS IN: STERILITY IN WOMEN TUBAL PREGNANCY PNEUMONIA/ FAILURE TO THRIVE IN BABIES * VERY CONTAGIOUS 10-30% OF ALL 15-19 yr-olds WHO ARE SEXUALLY ACTIVE ARE INFECTED CONDOMS PROVIDE VERY LITTLE — IF ANY — PROTECTION Transparency #4: HERPES SIMPLEX II (HSV) * PAINFUL BLISTERS * CAUSED BY VIRUS — NO CURE * CAN BE TRANSMITTED EVEN IF BLISTERS ARE NOT PRESENT * 20% OF THE US POPULATION OVER AGE 11 IS INFECTED * INCREASES RISK OF HIV (AIDS) TRANSMISSION CONDOMS PROVIDE… LITTLE PROTECTION AGAINST HERPES BECAUSE IT CAN BE TRANSMITTED BY SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT Transparency #5: Herpes II – HIV Link * LINK first identified by the CDC in 1988: "Early in the epidemic,...

Abstinence is For Lovers!© Day 2 – Curriculum

PLEASE NOTE!! THIS CURRICULUM IS IN PROGRESS. PLEASE USE WHAT YOU CAN, GIVING CREDIT TO THIS PhysiciansForLife.org WEBSITE, AND KNOW THAT THESE PAGES WILL INCREASE WITH TIME.             Abstinence is For Lovers!ã DAY 2 [Again, smile, walk among the group and talk before class about the weather, classes, whatever.] Yesterday, we talked about STDs – pretty gross, aren’t they? We only mentioned 5 – remember there are at least 8 major ones and at least 50 known STDs floating around out there. You can be sure there are several right here in your own school – in every school. It’s not just “low-life” who get STDs. Every one who is having sex is fair game. Play now, pay later… It may seem hard to say “no” to sex.  But wait till you say “yes”! Then your problems REALLY begin! Worry about STDs and pregnancy; worry about keeping your partner; jealousy, envy, anger, lack of trust. Lots of stuff to make you really miserable. And remember [use Alert! Transparency]:       We DO NOT KNOW the long-term effects of most of these STDs because they have not been around long enough to study them for 20-30 years;      If a person has 1 STD, it is very likely that the person has MORE THAN ONE STD;      The chance of acquiring HIV INCREASES DRAMATICALLY if the person already has an STD such as HPV, Herpes, Gonorrhea, or Chlamydia [because the STD provides an opening into the body]       “The Pill”, "The Shot", and "The Patch” provide NO PROTECTION AGAINST ANY STD – they may actually increase the chances of females getting...

Abstinence Is For Lovers!© Day 1 – PFL Abstinence Curriculum

The Medical Institute is offering training in Medical Accuracy in 2008. Contact the Medical Institute at 512.328.6268 for information. Project Reality Announces Online Training in 2008 Project Reality is now offering online courses for the Navigator teacher training curriculum. This curriculum is used in grades 8 through 12. Contact Project Reality to find out about participating in this World Class Training: Project Reality’s Florida office 239.659.1095.  PLEASE NOTE!! THIS CURRICULUM IS IN PROGRESS. PLEASE USE WHAT YOU CAN, GIVING CREDIT TO THIS PhysiciansForLife.org WEBSITE, AND KNOW THAT THESE PAGES WILL INCREASE OVER TIME. Abstinence is For Lovers!ã Elsewhere in this web section, a 45-minute presentation on abstinence is available. What follows here is a 3 day to 5 day abstinence presentation, to serve as an aid to you when you get the opportunity to go to schools/clubs for longer periods, OR to use for your own children at home. Some of this material is the same as for the shorter talk, just more in-depth. Other topics, such as dating and how-to develop healthy long-term relationships, will be included in this presentation. As mentioned in the 45-minute presentation, the most important thing you need to get across is to let them know YOU SINCERELY CARE ABOUT THEM as unique individuals — their health, their lives!! Stress this throughout your presentation. Four other quick points: 1) walk among them — let them know you are not afraid of them;     2) pull them into the conversation — ask them questions to keep them involved;                                                                                 3) talk fast! keep things moving, or you’ll lose them, and be theatrical — put on a show! Use your arms, change...

6 Reasons To Support & Provide Abstinence Education

Why I Teach Abstinence My hope is that that is what I can present to these kids a message of HOPE. I want the kids to know who they are is worth more than 2 minutes in his/her bedroom and not just because they could get pregnant or maybe even an STD, but I want them to know because someone else thinks they’re worth more than that too. All you have to do is believe and wait. I was a crisis pregnancy counselor for about 3 years before I started doing this program and always tell the students I have yet for a girl to tell me after the positive test came in she said well at least the sex was worth it. Because in the end it was never that good! –Janell R., Women’s Care Center of NW Indiana       #1  Teens Want To Learn About Abstinence In a national survey, nearly all teens (93%) said that they should be given a "strong message" about abstinence.1 Teens want to learn how to resist negative pressure from peers and the media to be involved in high risk behaviors such as smoking, drinking, drugs, and sexual activity. Teens appreciate the encouragement and support that is provided through abstinence education. #2  Abstinence is The Only 100% Effective Method of Prevention Every day in America, approximately 2,500 teen girls become pregnant,2 and some 10,000 new cases of STDs are acquired by teens.3 Although condom usage among teens has been increasing over the past twenty years,4 (at least for the initial sexual encounter) the U.S. now has the highest rates of...

A Dozen Ways to Dream Bigger: Expanding Abstinence Education

The Medical Institute is offering training in Medical Accuracy in 2008. Contact the Medical Institute at 512.328.6268 for information.   Project Reality Announces Online Training in 2008 Project Reality is now offering online courses for the Navigator teacher training curriculum. This curriculum is used in grades 8 through 12. Contact Project Reality to find out about participating in this World Class Training: Project Reality's Florida office 239.659.1095.       by LeAnna Benn, Director of Teen-Aid, Inc. Abstinence speakers – thank-you! Thank-you for opening the doors in many communities to the abstinence until marriage message. You are the beginning of the solution. Watch out because it is time to realize a larger opportunity to take the abstinence / fidelity message another step toward changing the culture. Keep doing what you have been doing. Stay in there. Don’t settle for, “This is the best we can get in our community!” Exciting shifts are coming that allow expansion and enhancement of the message. No one program in one sector of the community can be the whole solution. Be encouraged – that means help is on its way! Making the culture friendlier towards the marriage commitment calls for everyone to work together. Frustration need not get the better of you.   A Success Story There is nothing plain about Aim for Success (AFS) out of Plano, Texas. (Based in the Dallas area) This dynamic group provides abstinence education speakers all across Texas. And you remember how big Texas is. Aim for Success is the largest provider of speakers in the state of Texas. Success is the name and success is the game....

The Millennials: Best Ways to Reach These Young Teens (2003)

By keeping in mind what we’re discovering about today’s teens, you can be even more effective at reaching kids with a convincing message. Based on recent findings about Millennials, here are some points to consider:   GIVE TEENS A SENSE OF EMPOWERMENT This group thinks they’re going to do great things, so play off of that in your messages. Emphasize that teens have both the ability and the opportunity to choose what their future will look like. Saving sex for marriage gives them the freedom to pursue their dreams. Parents and society should recognize teens’ tremendous potential and provide support and encouragement as they make healthier choices. DELIVER A STRONG MESSAGE In one recent survey, 93 percent of teens surveyed said they felt it was important for teens to be given a strong message from society that they should abstain from sex until they are at least out of high school.1 TELL TEENS THE TRUTH They’re looking for it. They can handle it, and they should get it from a caring source. In order for teens to make smart choices about sex, they need to know what’s at risk. That means they need medically accurate information rooted in science, not emotion. They need to know that pregnancy, infertility and disease are all potential outcomes from sexual activity. They need to know that, when used every time, condoms at best only provide a 50 percent reduction in the transmission rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. They should be told that condoms do not appear to provide any protection from HPV (which causes 99 percent of all cervical cancer).2 KEEP THINGS...

Dating Rights

People everywhere are standing up and demanding the right to choose. Yet, choice is being undermined in one important area of life — dating. It's time to stand up and demand, "I have the right to choose, and I will!"   What Rights Do You Have in Dating? YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE AN INDIVIDUAL. Just because friends, newspapers, TV, and music seem to say that "everyone is doing it", doesn't make their choices good enough for you. You have a right to find joy and fun without compromising your moral standards. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE YOUR VALUES RESPECTED. If someone asked for your brand-new computer to "prove your love", you would probably laugh at this selfish demand. Yet, many people fall for that line when it comes to sex. You have the RIGHT to demand that your values be treated as valuable, worthy of care and respect. If someone becomes your friend to get your computer, he's not much of a friend. If your date is only interested in your body for sex, how much does he or she really care about YOU? YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CARE FOR YOUR BODY. Right now many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are epidemic among people of all walks of life. AIDS is a major cause of death among women, according to the CDC. You have the RIGHT to keep yourself free from possible disease by saying 'no' to a date who tries to pressure you into premarital sex.  YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CARE FOR YOUR REPUTATION. You can and should refuse cheap, degrading experiences on a date. You...

Keeping Your Right to Choose in Dating

All kinds of pressures exist in our society to become sexually permissive — to have sex! How can you fight these pressures? BE AWARE — Our sex drive is powerful! Sex is normal, but you have the responsibility to control it. Why? A high-powered car must be controlled or disaster can follow. Strong feelings must also be controlled. If you are old enough to date, you're old enough to recognize your own feelings…and handle them. BE PREPARED — Don't set yourself up for trouble — Set up your STANDARDS instead –> before you even begin dating. Take time to think about what you want for yourself and for your future. Write down all your goals and standards, and post the list in a prominent place where you will see them every day! Spend time in group activities, group dating, or double-dating instead of hours alone as a "couple" in "romantic" situations. Talk frankly about your feelings, your values and standards, your plans for the future. Don't allow yourself to be carried away with flirting. What you want from the flirting, and what your date wants from it, may be two entirely different things! In other words, discover the joy of conversation, and avoid lots of touching and caressing. Respect the people you date and expect them to respect YOU! Limit the number of dating times per week, and limit the amount of affection you show to your dates. BE SELECTIVE — Dating the handsome football captain or head cheerleader may be exciting and flattering to your ego, but be careful! If he or she has a questionalbe reputation, you may be stepping into a lion's den...

A Simple Dating Guide

Do you ever wonder if the dating you do is "all there is?"   Or, if you are about to start dating, do you wish you had some sort of guide, some "helpful hints", to get off to a good start?     Well, for starters, all dates involve sexuality: maleness and femaleness.   But all dates do NOT include sexual activity.   Learn to respect your date as a person, not as something for your sex-satisfaction.          When you date, date for mental (intellectual), emotional, and spiritual (your innermost being) companionship.   Save passionate petting and genital sex activity for marriage so that then your genital sharing will reflect the SIX SEX FAX about Sexual Desire: it's Natural it's Powerful it's Controllable it's Enjoyable it's Mysterious and our sexual NEED is slight compared to our sexual DESIRE. Dating is for fun, growth, and mate selection. When you're on a date… — WORK TOGETHER on family, school, community, church, or government activities — PLAY TOGETHER: try picnics, concerts, dances, museum exhibits, sports, shows, movies…or monopoly — THINK TOGETHER: share interests, hobbies, ideas, priorities, values, goals, and problems On your dates… — be considerate — have definite date plans — have definite date times — give the date plans and times to someone you trust so someone will know where you are at any given moment — obey your dating rules — dress sensibly, appropriately, modestly — date people you respect — drive safely — be honest and trustworthy To have safe dates… no pick-ups no parking to "just talk" no pot, no pills, no alcohol, no drugs no petting...

45-Minute Abstinence Lesson

The Medical Institute is offering training in Medical Accuracy in 2008. Contact the Medical Institute at 512.328.6268 for information.   Project Reality Announces Online Training in 2008 Project Reality is now offering online courses for the Navigator teacher training curriculum. This curriculum is used in grades 8 through 12. Contact Project Reality to find out about participating in this World Class Training: Project Reality's Florida office 239.659.1095.     Sometimes, you just don't get much time to talk to teens about abstinence, so even if you only get 20 minutes, you can press the time full and talk fast! Have a short presentation prepared and practiced (you can use this presentation as your base). You never know when you may unexpectedly get an opportunity to speak to teens, and you want to be prepared so that you — and your message — make a good impression! As always, the most important thing you need to get across is to let them know YOU SINCERELY CARE ABOUT THEM as unique individuals — their health, their lives!! Stress this throughout your presentation. Two other quick points: 1) walk among them — let them know you are not afraid of them; 2) pull them into the conversation — ask them questions to keep them involved. [Start your talk by stressing…] I know that all of you are intelligent and can make intelligent decisions, but only if you have all the information! Right? Nobody can make good decisions if they don't have all the facts! So, that's why I'm here: I want to make sure that you have all the up-to-date medical information...

What Teens Say About Abstinence Presentations

After Abstinence Presentations, teens are often asked to write their anonymous comments about the course. Here are just a few of the comments received in one Abstinence Education program (1999-2001): [liked best] "That I can wait till I’m married to have sex." "I like knowing that people care about teenagers enough to encourage them to practice abstinence." [10th grade girl] "I would like for this class to be an everyday class so we’ll not go the wrong path." [9th grade girl] "Thank you for understanding what us girls are going through!…a Big THANKS!" [high school male] "Well, I thought I knew it all about sex, but now I see that I don’t! It [course] was awesome!" "That you wanted to help us." [7th grade girl] "I liked this course; it explained sex to me a lot better than those ‘Teen People’ books." "I would not change anything because this class is wonderful!" "I liked the class the way it is, especially without the boys." "I loved this course. I believe that it can really open eyes. Thank you for caring enough to show us." "Make the classes last longer than just 6 weeks. They flew by!" "I’m feeling really very good!" "I really enjoyed it! (In the start, I did not think I would)" "I think this was a great program! It was interesting. I can’t wait till somebody comes back!" [7th grade girl] "I think that this is a really good class to be in and we should try to get more people involved." "Y’all went over everything to help me abstain from sex! Thanks." "I think we...

Teaching Demos

These may be related to the Power Point presentations also found in this section.   Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder We all know that, when trying to describe something, "a picture is worth a thousand words". Teachers are always looking for better ways to visually "get through to" their students; abstinence instructors are no exception! Good abstinence instructors are highly motivated and creative, always willing to spend time, (some money!) and brain-power to develop new and exciting and memorable visual aids to impact the attitudes and behavior of their students. The visual demos described here are not new; but they are a beginning. All demos can and should be adapted to the audience (age, gender, overall maturity level, etc.). If students are separated by gender (preferred at least through 8th grade), demos dealing with money, for example, tend to be more impressive to boys than to girls (success for boys is directly related to money). Be sensitive to the maturity level of the students, and always stress their uniqueness and value. Be positive and upbeat, and let them know that you really care about each of them, now and for the rest of their life!! Class Introduction Demo #1: Cartoon of Fish Draw 2 fish in a goldfish bowl. One fish announces one day that he’s had it with the bowl and that he’s going to go out there and experience life! (act this out loudly and dramatically). Some kids giggle…they know what’s coming! Of course, in the next picture, the fish is dead on the table with the bowl fish looking on. Ask if they ever feel...

Teaching Abstinence On A Shoe String Budget

The Medical Institute offers training in Medical Accuracy. Contact the Medical Institute at 512.328.6268 for information.   Project Reality Announces Online Training Project Reality is now offering online courses for the Navigator teacher training curriculum. This curriculum is used in grades 8 through 12. Contact Project Reality to find out about participating in this World Class Training: Project Reality's Florida office 239.659.1095.     "Each year, about three million teenagers contract sexually transmitted diseases that can harm them, or kill them, or prevent them from ever becoming parents," stated President Bush.  "In my budget, I propose a grassroots campaign to help inform families about these medical risks. We will double Federal funding for abstinence programs, so schools can teach this fact of life: Abstinence for young people is the only certain way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases. Decisions children make now can affect their health and character for the rest of their lives. All of us – parents, schools, government – must work together to counter the negative influence of the culture, and to send the right messages to our children."  [20Jan03, State of the Union message; Abstinence Clearinghouse] Avoid the Pain………Abstain!! Why Teach Abstinence? As members of a state Advisory Committee of the Abstinence Education Block Grant, we were involved in reading and picking those grant proposals throughout the state which would receive funding. Only about one-third of them were accepted due to funding restraints. What of the other two-thirds? How can we encourage them, and so many other local groups and individuals, to provide abstinence training to their teens even without grant monies? Isn't there something we...

What To Teach…About Abstinence

(Sometimes it helps to have a Basic Sample Outline of some important topics…)   This information helps preteens & teens… (a) cope with social and peer pressures through the development of "refusal skills"; (b) understand and internalize the emotional, social, and physical health benefits of sexual abstinence until marriage (i.e. we want our preteens and teens to gain knowledge; but much more importantly, to experience changes in attitude and behavior, and for those who are already abstinent, to strengthen their determination to remain abstinent.) The PRIORITIES listed in each section refer to the 8 federal requirements of the Abstinence Education Block Grant, which is part of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, which requires that our children should be taught to abstain from sexual activity until marriage:    A.  the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized   by abstaining from sexual activity;     B. that abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage is the expected standard for all school-age children;     C. that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems;     D. that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity;     E. that sexual activity outside the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects;     F. that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents, and society;     G. how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances; and     H. the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging...

Start Abstinence Clubs (updated!)

We remember Johnny Appleseed for planting apple seeds everywhere he went. Wouldn’t you like to be remembered for “planting” abstinence seeds? Encourage students to start Abstinence Clubs, at their schools, at their church youth programs, through their after-school programs. A local high school in a rural county had the reputation that EVERYBODY was having sex and that it was a “lost cause”. A “Johnny Appleseed” talked to the principal, put announcements on morning announcements publicizing a meeting in April, and had 10 students show up. The following Fall, 90 students (over 10% of the student body) signed up for the Abstinence Club which they called their TLC (Teen Life & Community) Club. When students have the facts and are fired up to become pro-active, they create POSITIVE PEER PRESSURE and can have a much greater effect on the majority of students than we adults can! You don’t need lots of leaders; you don’t even need lots of club members to make things happen! But the clubs can serve as SUPPORT GROUPS to help students stay committed to abstinence! Organizing the Group: publicize a meeting time and start with the students who attend, no matter how few. Develop a Timeline of Activity – this will provide accountability Get students to think about who they want to be their club sponsor, and get that person involved in any abstinence training conducted for abstinence educators & parents Let the students elect officers and do as much of the work themselves as possible Bring the club students together outside school for pizza and short training sessions so they can develop friendships and learn about...

Creative Dating Ideas: Put Some Real Excitement and Interest Into Your Relationship

  Put some real EXCITEMENT and INTEREST into your relationship!   Try some innovative dates and find out what your friend is really like!       CHASED – but Chaste     This is only a sampling of dating ideas; you will come up with other ideas and soon you'll be the envy of other couples because they will see your genuine enjoyment! Invite other couples to join you; it usually means more fun! (If you have your own great date ideas, please let us add them to our list.)   Be ROMANTIC… Learn to love with WORDS, not sex.   Plan a gourmet pizza cookoff Visit garage sales and flea markets Go to a museum, art gallery, or art supply store Pack a picnic lunch and go to the zoo or to the park (take your cameras) Group date! Bake cookies together Go to a concert; if tickets are too expensive, take lawn chairs and sit outside Go on an afternoon round-trip train ride and spend the time talking about your futures Go roller skating (or ice-skating) Go to the library, possibly to research your family trees, or check out books on geology, history, birds, or plants. Then go to a park, historical museum, or nature center to test your knowledge about these things Go to the children's section of the library and read stories while sitting in the small chairs; try to find some books you remember from your childhood  View old movies/videos at the library Watch old cowboy & Indian movies, and other oldies; talk about what you enjoyed most in the movies Find old...

Bush Admin Awards Abstinence Grants to CPCs, Pro-Life Groups (6/01)

More than $17.1 million in new grants to help 49 communities develop and implement abstinence-only education programs for young people age 12 to 18. “In preventing so many of today’s sexual health problems, it is clear that choosing abstinence is the surest protection vs. disease & unintended pregnancy,” Secretary Thompson said. The new awards are called SPRANS Community Based Abstinence Education Grants.[UPI; July 6, 2001;...