2012_11_20 ICAP Minutes


Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy (ICAP) 



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

401 Hungerford Dr., Tan Conference Room


Shari Argue, co-chair, welcomed everyone and asked members to introduce themselves. 


ICAP Update

"Call to Action" Workgroup:  It’s been difficult finding political or programmatic leaders to spearhead the cause.  It seems that the recent trend in declining teen birth rates has taken the issue off the “front page” for now.  If we receive funding for a teen conference, maybe we can include a track for policymakers and administrators to raise awareness about the high cost of teen pregnancy and the urgency regarding keeping all students in school. 


Member Agency Presentations

Excel Beyond the Bell  Lynn Sobolov, Program Manager

The Collaboration Council launched Excel Beyond the Bell in 2008 to create a local out-of-school time system that would increase the number of quality programs promote positive youth development and inspire children and youth to achieve their full potential.  They partner with the Recreation Department and MCPS.  This pilot program is now in 5 middle schools – Argyle, Clemente, Loiederman, Forest Oak and Neelsville.  They provide programming 4 days a week until 5:15pm and, in addition to the activities, they offer supper as well as bus transportation home.  Professional development and training is provided all youth workers.

Identity, Inc.  Michaela Aparicio, Program Manager

In 2010, Identity and their partners (GW University, Mary’s Center and TAYA) received a 5-year federal grant aimed at decreasing teen pregnancy among high school Latino youth in the Washington, DCregion.  Their program, Be Yourself/Se Tu Mismo, is held twice a week after school at 10 MoCo high schools (Quince Orchard, Rockville, Magruder, Gaithersburg, Watkins Mill, Wheaton, Blair, Springbrook, Kennedy, Einstein) and also includes a weekend retreat and case management services.  They are currently recruiting for the Spring 2013 groups which will begin in February and run through May.  Refer 9th and 10th grade Latino youth to Michaela at 240-750-0413 or maparicio@identiy-youth.org


Member Agency Information and Updates

Lisette Orellana, Crittenton Services – Crittenton was chosen to participate in the Discovery Communications’ Creating Change marathon which supports capacity building by offering pro bono  marketing, communications, creative design services, social media and video production to help the organizations with their promotional goals. 

Saundra Jackson, AAHP – Their Fall childbirth classes were well-attended with 25 mothers and 15 fathers.  There were three 2-hour sessions.

AmyStafford, Amerigroup – They offer after-school education programs for children and adults.

Giselle Pautrat, TAYA – They are very busy on Thursdays inGaithersburg office and would love to offer another day if funding can be secured.

Sheilah O’Connor, IPO and FIMR/CAT – There have been 16 infant and 54 fetal losses so far this year (about the same as last year).  The losses seem to be occurring among older mothers and later in pregnancies.  They are participating in an event in PG County on December 8, Project BEAT IT (Becoming Empowered Africans Through Improved Treatment).

Pat Keating, Holy Cross – Ten girls attended their most recent teen prenatal classes which  started November 7.  Next classes start in February and April.

LizAnne Ganiban,A Wider Circle-  They are currently offering Well Mother, Well Baby classes in 5 high schools.  Their curriculum fits the needs of the students in each group.

ShariWaddy, Families Foremost - They still have openings in their GED and ESOL classes.  Parenting class has already started.  Please send referrals.

Christine Evans, DHMH – The department was re-organized this summer but she remains the  State Adolescent Health Coordinator in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration. 

Shari Argue,LourieCenter, Early Head Start – Their family event/luncheon was a great success and focused on school readiness goals.  They offered free hearing screenings using a new, more accurate device. 

Next meeting:  January 15, 2013 at 1:30pm.  Presentation by A Wider Circle (AWC)