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...