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Overview of Title V Grant Project . . . .
* AEN provides Training Opportunities for: 5 annual Statewide Professional Seminars; Parenting Workshops in each city; Peer Mentoring Seminars in each city; and an annual Statewide Training the Trainer Seminar for Parenting and Peer Mentoring.
* Teen Rallies with nationally known Guest speakers
* Student/Adult Mentoring
* Regional Libraries, as well as a Website Lending Library
* Promotional and Abstinence Education Media
* Teacher In-services
* Integrity Awards to students in "lead" schools in each city

Some interesting and important comments from the Grant Evaluators:

From Grant year 1998-99. . . 
"Parents and community seem to be excited about the underlying philosophy of Abstinence education and are willing to support AEN and their work with teens, educators, and other professionals."
From Grant year 1999-2000. . . . 
"Findings of the second year replicated the results of the first year. Furthermore, they showed a larger movement toward abstinence because of a multi-faceted program. Intervention programs such as speaker Lakita Garth, does indeed make a statistically significant difference toward increasing the commitment to teen premarital sexual abstinence."

On Specific Initiatives:

*Speakers: "We did learn that speakers 'specific to the topic of abstinence' impacted the students attitudes and behaviors with a greater degree of effectiveness over those who were 'motivational' in topic. There was a lack of statistical or significant impact in the Harvey Alston presentations."
*Professional Seminars and Training the Trainer: "All participants evaluated all aspects of the seminars at a point of  'good to excellent'. Content presented received a mean score of 4.90 (out of 5) for relevancy according to social workers, nurses, teachers, and other professionals."
*Peer Mentoring: "These results are impressive. The Peer Counseling Program was successful in meeting its objectives to participants. This finding is further supported by the fact that the overwhelming majority (99%) of the participants were 'now ready to use the content of the seminar with friends as well as their own lives.' "
*Parenting Workshop: "Parents could say with a high degree they were better prepared to assist their children in ways to say 'no' to sexual pressures; better prepared to educate their children; and realized the failures and limitations of using birth control."
*Adult/Student Mentoring Program: "Mentors' responses were unanimous in that the program had a significant impact on the student's lives (in positive changes in behavior and attitude). The only negative comments reported were: allowing more students to participate, and have a year round program."

Request: To redistribute funding to accommodate Abstinence groups to balance with the funding Family Planning and AIDS Prevention groups receive.

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