The Update: October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017

Melissa Walther, BA, SRAS National Project Director  We are excited to announce, Melissa Walther as the new National Project Director for Ascend. Melissa brings considerable experience in the Sexual Risk Avoidance field. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Logistics from The Ohio State University, and was quickly drawn...

The Update: October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Promotes the Success Sequence as a Key Component of Programs That Support Healthy Decision Making" ACF’s programs are designed to help low-income families, while promoting the healthiest and best choices for Americans to succeed in life. Our Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, for instance,...

The Update: September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017

So, What is a DOTH? Answer: An Ascend event you will not want to miss! Youth from across the nation will be coming to Capitol Hill to meet with their Members of Congress to share what Sexual Risk Avoidance education means to them and their future life success. Save the...

Press Release : Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Given a $10 Million Increase in Senate Appropriations Bill

September 13, 2017

(Washington DC)  The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2018 Labor HHS Appropriation Bill containing a $10 million increase for Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Education. This increase would bring the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education grant funding level to $25 million. Mary Anne Mosack, Executive Director of Ascend, noted, “Currently, many...

The Update: September 7, 2017

September 7, 2017

Day on the Hill 2018... More Details Coming Soon!! Upcoming SRAS Trainings Upcoming Trainings - Coming Soon! Platteville, Wisconsin - December 6-7 Registration Opening Soon! (This training will be open to all Care Net and Heartbeat affiliated PRCs) We're starting to plan our 2018 schedule!  More dates and locations to be added soon!...

Weekly Update: August 24, 2017

August 31, 2017

“We here at HHS looked at the evidence and saw that this program [TPP] was not delivering as promised,” she explained. “And, rather than continuing these grants to their completion – which would be a full five years – we notified the grantees that their July 1 grants would go...

Weekly Update: August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017

Your Member of Congress is still in the district, but will be heading back to DC soon.  Don't forget to try to schedule an appointment now to meet with them and ask for their support of the reauthorization of Title V.  Also be sure to share the impact SRA education is having...

Weekly Update: August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

In response to weak evidence of positive effects of the TPP (Teen Pregnancy Prevention) Program, the Department of Health and Human Service recommended defunding the program after June 30, 2018.  Many media outlets were quick to condemn this move, despite a recent report released by the Office of Adolescent Health...

The Update: July 13, 2017

July 13, 2017

Contact Your Member of Congress Regarding Renewal of Title V This year, Title V, the state block grant for Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education will expire on September 30th. It is imperative that it be renewed so that more than one million+ students continue to receive the skills and information...

Press Release: Ascend 3.0 Brings Change & New Opportunities

June 8, 2017

Ascend 3.0 Brings Change & New Opportunities Valerie Huber, co-founder and long-standing president/CEO of Ascend, has been appointed by President Donald Trump to join the team at the US Department of Health & Human Services under Secretary Tom Price. In her new role, she will work to make optimal health...

The Update: June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

President Trump's Budget Supports Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Education Last Tuesday, President Trump sent his FY 2018 budget to Congress.  In it, he asked that lawmakers maintain funding for SRA education and eliminate the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP). In our recent press release, Valerie Huber says, “We applaud President Trump for his...