2013_11 ICAP Newsletter

Next ICAP MeetingTuesday, November 19, 2013 at 1:30pm-3:30pm  (Presentations by Crittenton Services and CWS/Youth in Foster Care)


Location: 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st floor conference room

Visitor parking is available in front of and on the side of the building and on the top level of the garage. Also, next door behind 451 Hungerford Drive.




Thanks to Robyn Churilla and Mamas Link for collecting bags of maternity clothes. These clothes have already been distributed to pregnant students at several MCPS high schools.


Contact Ilene if you’d like a supply of the Teen Help Cards in either English or Spanish.


Check out the ICAP website at www.mcicap.org




Montgomery County Commission on Children and Youth’s 7th Annual Youth Having a Voice Roundtable

This year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 6:00 PM to approximately 8:30 PM at the Youth Activities Center GymNational Center for Children and Families6301 Greentree RoadBethesdaMD20817.

The Commission established the Youth Having a Voice Roundtable in 2008 to engage Montgomery County youth in a discussion about the issues that affect them most. The Roundtable offers participants a safe forum to share their experiences and needs and, from this, the Commission shapes its work for the year. It also affords County leaders the opportunity to hear directly from youth and for participating organizations to raise awareness about their programs and the needs of the youth they serve. The Roundtable gives the Commission a firm foundation for educating the larger community about critical issues faced by our County’s youth.

They are working to gather a culturally and geographically diverse group of students to have an open conversation about a variety of topics that affect teens today, including the MCPS 10th grade health curriculum (particularly around access to accurate and complete information about sexual health) and food available during the school day.

The Roundtable is facilitated by the Commission’s youth members. In fact, adults are not allowed to participate in the discussion until the last 15 minutes when the floor is opened for questions. You, or a member of your staff, may RSVP by contacting Mary Gies, Staff to the Commission at 240-777-4659 or mary.gies@montgomerycountymd.gov.


Doctors Urge More Access to Condoms for Adolescents

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a new policy statement supporting condom availability programs for adolescents, published in the November issue of Pediatrics. The new statement updates a previous statement published in 2001 and was developed to assist pediatricians in their understanding and support of condom use by their patients to prevent unintended pregnancies and STDs. Read More.    


My Reproductive Life Plan: A checklist for staying healthy and planning future pregnancies

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/Resources/Files/PHS%20Docs/MyReproductiveLifePlan(1-4-13).pdf. Contact Sheilah O’Connor or Jane Larsen at Improved Pregnancy Outcomes Program for copies.





New Vimeo from Healthy Teen Network

Check out this motiongraphic co-developed by Healthy Teen Network and CAI to help youth use health clinics and select a LARC. There are links to the Spanish and English versions. Feel free to disseminate widely and use. HTN has also developed a teacher's manual with lesson plan to help facilitate a discussion with youth after they watch the video.


Resource Locator for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs provides a list of resources: see http://specialneeds.dhmh.maryland.gov/


Child Trends DataBank

The Child Trends DataBank is a one-stop source for the latest national trends and research on more than 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being, such as teen pregnancy, child maltreatment, and volunteerism among youth. Check out http://www.childtrends.org/databank/.


Resources Address Adolescent Sexual Behavior, Adolescents' Use of Health Services, and Bullying

Child Trends has released three new resources addressing topics key to child and adolescent well-being: dating and sexual relationships, health services, and bullying. These resources include:

Adolescent Health Highlight: Dating and Sexual Relationships. This report presents key research findings about the prevalence of and trends in adolescents' dating and sexual relationships; discusses dating and sexual behaviors that may put adolescents at risk for negative outcomes; examines how these behaviors vary by gender, age, and race/ethnicity; and considers individual, family, and media influences on adolescents' sexual behaviors. The report is available athttp://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2013-04DatingSexualRelationships.pdf.


Adolescent Health Highlight: Health Care Services. This report presents a research-based case for why adolescents need health services. The report was produced in conjunction with the National Adolescent and Young Adult HealthInformation Center at the University of CaliforniaSan Francisco -- a resource center funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The report presents recommendations from leading medical authorities on what specific health services adolescents need and how these services can best be provided. Data on the proportion of adolescents currently receiving needed services and an examination of the barriers preventing some adolescents from obtaining services is also included. The report is available at http://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2013-10HealthCareServices.pdf.


What Works for Bullying Programs: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions synthesizes findings from experimental evaluations of 17 bullying programs for children and adolescents to determine how frequently these programs work to improve the outcomes of physical and verbal bullying, social and relational bullying, bullying victimization, attitudes toward bullying, and being a bystander of bullying. The research brief is available athttp://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/briefing_bullying5_anm1.pdf.


Hanging Out or Hooking Up: Clinical Guidelines on Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse

Check out this very informative brochure: http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/HealthCare/Adolescent%20Health%20Guide.pdf


A Guide to Birth Control by and for Guys

Bedsider.org (a resource of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy) has developed videos and other resources created by guys for guys about birth control. The site also features a 'provider' resource section. Go to: Tryhttp://bedsider.org/guys_guide





Parent Power

Nearly eight in 10 teens (76%) and nine in 10 adults (86%) say it would be much easier for teens to postpone sexual activity and avoid pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents. The new national survey data was released as part of “Let’s Talk Month.” Created and coordinated by Advocates for YouthLet’s Talk Month is a time to encourage parent/child communication about sex, pregnancy, and related issues.








DanPaul Foundation

Application Deadline: Proposals are accepted on a continuous basis.

The DanPaul Foundation's focus is primarily on programs that benefit the health, education, development, and welfare of young people. The foundation will use its resources to help train teachers and parents in early childhood development, protect children from abuse and neglect, stimulate children's personal social responsibility, and offer children opportunities for enrichment and growth into adulthood and beyond.

Funding Amount: Grants may range from a few hundred dollars to $20,000.

Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) tax-exempt/nonprofit organizations as defined by the IRS

More information: http://www.danpaul.org/FORMS.html


Cigna Foundation

Application Deadline: Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description: The CIGNA Foundation provides funding for programs that enhance the health of individuals and families and the well-being of communities. Its four priority areas are:

Funding Amount: There are no restrictions on amount of funds requested, although $5,000 is considered a typical grant, particularly for first-time recipients.

Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) public charities

More information: http://www.cigna.com/about-us/corporate-responsibility/cigna-foundation






Montgomery County Women’s Bar Foundation Preparing for Success

Saturday, November 16 from 10am to 4:30pm

At Montgomery CollegeRockville campus

The “Preparing for Success” Fall Forum is an all-day conference, designed to provide useful and practical information for high school girls headed for college and the workplace. The Montgomery County Women’s Bar Foundation designed, planned and has offered this program every November, beginning in 2001. The program offers workshops that address interviewing, resume writing, career choices, getting into college, and a section on helping young girls stay safe while in high school and also on the internet. The entire day is free of charge. Co-sponsors include the Montgomery County Commission for Women, the J. Franklyn Bourne Association, the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, Montgomery Collegeand Montgomery County Public Schools.

To register, go to: http://preparing4success.com


6th Annual Johns Hopkins University Region IV LEAH Health Disparities Conference: Adolescence: A Critical Stage in the Life Course

Friday, December 6, 2013 from 8am to 4:30pm

Feinstone Hall, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health

Contact: Lynette Forrest, LEAH Program Coordinator at lforres2@jhmi.edu


Choose Respect Healthy Teen Dating Conference

Sunday, February 23 from 1-4:30pm

At Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus

More details to follow!



Ilene Sparber, LCSW-C, Consultant

Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy

Dept. of Health & Human Services,School Health Services

401 Hungerford Drive, 2nd floor

RockvilleMD 20850


240777-1860 FAX