The Weekly Update: August 9, 2018

August 9, 2018

New Funding Opportunity for SRA Education: Last week, the Administration on Children Youth and Families - Family and Youth Services Bureau released the Title V Competitive Sexual Risk Avoidance grant.  Through this grant, organizations and entities can apply directly for the funding if their state or territory did not accept federal...

The Weekly Update: July 26, 2018

July 27, 2018

New STI Poised to Become the Next Superbug. You may not have heard of it yet, but Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) infection is on the rise and is increasingly becoming more resistant to different antibiotic drugs.  MG is treated with a course of antibiotics where necessary. However, this treatment sometimes fails, and researchers...

The Weekly Update: June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018

Title V Curriculum Selection ~ Did You Know? Did you know that you are not required to select curricula from the TPP Evidence Review list for program implementation under the Title V State Abstinence Education Program (Title V AEGP)?  The Title V AEGP funding opportunity announcement listed the TPP Evidence Review...

The Weekly Update: June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

Important Information for Grant Writers/Reviewers: Are you planning on writing for one of the grant opportunities or applying to be a grant reviewer?  Put your best foot forward by using your SRAS credentials after your name!  Remember, certification is valid for two years, so if you were certified or re-certified in...

The Weekly Update: May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018

Grant Reviewers Needed - UPDATE We received additional information from The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) about becoming a grant reviewer. It is imperative that we have qualified individuals reviewing these applications.  If you aren't applying for the TPP grant, we hope you will seriously consider becoming a reviewer.  Please note that...

SRAE Funding Opportunity: SPECIAL UPDATE

May 23, 2018

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau, released an updated funding announcement yesterday for the SRAE grant. Under this announcement, $12 million in funding is available and an estimated 30 awards will be funded.  Applications are due on Tuesday, July...

Just Announced: Important Changes to Title X

May 23, 2018

ATTENTION: JUST ANNOUNCED:  Important Changes to Title X Regarding Abortion Referral and Adolescent Abstinence Counseling:   HHS Announces Proposed Update to Title X Family Planning Grant Program The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing a proposal to update the regulations governing the Title X family planning program,...

The Weekly Update: May 17, 2018

May 18, 2018

SRAE Grant Funding Announcement Released! The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE). Applications are due 7/5/2018. As stated in the announcement,  “The SRAE program supports the implementation of prevention education aimed to teach youth...

The Weekly Update: May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018

A New Opportunity for Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Makes Sense The lines drawn in the proverbial sand protesting Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education’s inclusion in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program are only surpassed by the heads soundly buried in it to resist facts. A more intentional inclusion of the...

The Weekly Update: April 26, 2018

April 26, 2018

Teen Sex is Always About More Than Sex New Funding Opportunity for Sex Education Helps Move Youth Away from Risk Toward Optimal Health  Like a breath of fresh air introduced into a long enclosed space, a new funding opportunity has been released from the Office of Adolescent Health(OAH) bringing into...

The Weekly Update: April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018

Cohabitation and Unmarried Family Life - What's the Big Deal? When Hollywood celebrity Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announced that he and his girlfriend were expecting their second child outside of marriage, few people even skipped a beat.  While cohabitation was frowned upon in the age of Leave It to Beaver, today...

The Update: April 12, 2018

April 12, 2018

The Hook-Up Culture:  Can Sex Really Be Casual? "We’re in the middle of a cultural sexual crisis that exists because we’ve told ourselves that sex can be casual." The idea that casual sex should be good for everyone gained significant traction in the 1960s. The hook-up culture is the practical application...

The Update: April 5, 2018

April 5, 2018

Title V Sexual Risk Avoidance Grant Program Has Important New Changes The Title V Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Grant Program, the state block grant that provides funding for the implementation of SRA education, will carry important new changes. Reauthorized by Congress with bipartisan support, the changes will expand the reach...

The Update: March 28, 2018

March 28, 2018

Why the Continued Attack on SRA Education? Despite the fact that SRA (Sexual Risk Avoidance) education is the healthiest message for teens and that 80 percent of the students in SRR (sexual risk reduction) programs fared either worse or no better on measurements of sexual experience, SRA education is constantly under...

Press Release: SRAE Receives $10 Million Increase

March 23, 2018

The FY 2018 Omnibus bill provides a $10 million increase for the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) grant program and brings the total funding for this program to $25 million. “Support for this increase comes from a growing number of congressional members who acknowledge the value of SRA programs for...

Special Notification on Title X

March 19, 2018

HHS Offers a Technical Assistance Webinar for FY2018 Title X Family Planning Services Funding Opportunity Announcement Recently, HHS announced a new funding application for Title X Family Planning grants. If you have questions or need more information on Title X criteria, HHS will hold a Webinar on March 22, 2018...

STD Shock in Milwaukee

March 15, 2018

An alarming number of teenagers have contracted HIV, syphilis or both in one of the largest sexually transmitted infection "clusters" discovered in the city.  The Center for Disease Control defines a "cluster" as “an unusual aggregation, of disease that are grouped together in time and place." Melissa Ugland, a public health...

Day on the Hill 2018!

March 8, 2018

DOTH and Virtual DOTH :  Another Successful Day on the Hill Event! Young people and adults from across the country joined us in educating Members of Congress on the importance of Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Education.  It was a very busy week on Capitol Hill, but Members of Congress and...

The Update: February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

The Flaw in the "Safe-Sex" Message “Safe-sex” and similar “reducing the risk” messages are repeatedly pushed for in many of our public schools.  But the increasing number of STDs among young people reiterate the fact that reducing the risk simply isn't enough.  According to the author of this opinion piece,...

Trouble Registering for Grant Review?

February 7, 2018

PLEASE NOTE:  It has come to our attention that HHS is having difficulty with the registration link that was included on the grant reviewer announcement we sent out yesterday.  If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please email the HHS grant review contractor directly at  review@fysb.net and indicate that you...

Grant Reviewers Needed: Please apply by Feb. 12th, 2018

February 7, 2018

The Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP) program are seeking new reviewers for the coming Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) grant program and the Competitive Personal Responsibility Education (C-PREP) grant.  Ascend would like to enthusiastically encourage SRA educators and others to respond to this...

Day on the Hill: March 1, 2018

February 1, 2018

Day On the Hill: “I Am the Success Sequence.” Featuring this positive theme, the Ascend Day On The Hill event will once again see young people, from all over the country, converging on Capitol Hill. They will meet with their congressional members to share how Sexual Risk Avoidance programs in...

The Update: January 25, 2018

January 25, 2018

Call for Studies If you have recent, independent, peer-reviewed research of your Sexual Risk Avoidance program/curricula that shows statistically significant positive behavioral impact on youth, please submit to mwalther@weascend.org by February 1, 2018 for inclusion in our SRA Works and Selecting Authentic SRA Curricula publications. We work hard to ensure our...

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...