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March 30, 2011
Programs and Events
Forum Held on Sex; What They Don't Tell You. Why Wait for Marriage?
They don’t tell you that 1 in 16 teen girls 15 to 19 years old gets pregnant each year in DC, said guest speaker Tara White, author of “Don’t Curse Your Wedding Bed Before You Say I Do,” who is now on a mission to help singles understand the value of abstinence.
I’m happy to talk about the benefits of waiting for marriage, she said, pointing out that abstinence is the only sure prevention, one of the advantages. Forty-two percent of DC high school students have never had sex, she reported.
From left: Vernial Batts, Jose Ferette, Richard Urban, Derrick Cuffie, Alicia Taylor, Teresa Sule, Erica Smith
Legislation and Governance
DC Council At-Large Candidates Support Abstinence-centered Sex Ed
Tom Brown, Alan Page and Bryan Weaver attended the DC Council At-Large Candidates forum hosted by ULTRA Teen Choice on March 10, 2011. Tom Brown and Bryan Weaver indicated that abstinence centered sex education should be an available option for DC public school youth. Mr. Brown said that it is a travesty that the District government spends no money to promote sexual abstinence as an HIV prevention method. The forum was moderated by Robert Brannum. You can find the candidates answers to the ULTRA Teen Choice Candidate Questionnaire at the ULTRA Teen Choice websit(Click here for candidate information. We will also be posting video of the candidates answers to questions
There are eight candidates vying for the seat vacated by newly elected Council Chair Kwame Brown, and currently held by appointed councilman Sekou Biddle (who did not attend this forum). The candidates not attending were Sekou Biddle, Dorothy Douglas, Arkan Haile, Joshua Lopez, Patrick Mara and Vincent Orange.
Same Sex Marriage Defeated in
After a concerted lobbying campaign, the bill to legalize same sex marriage in
Voters' knowledge about how their children would be subjected to indoctrination about how same sex marriage is "normal" also played an important role, as citizens and legislators were informed of the inappropriate nature of materials given to school youth in Massachusetts and other states where same sex marriage has been legalized.
Legislation to allow Notaries to perform marriages introduced By the DC Council
On March 1 the District of Columbia Council introduced legislation to allow notaries to perform marriages in
Read the Washington Times article: Click here
Read the bill: Click here
Here is a commentary I wrote about the bill: Click Here
Use the ULTRA Teen Choice email tool to email all councilmembers and key staff: Click here to go to the email tool:
and call your concilmember and tell them that you do not want marriages to be performed by notaries:
Click here for the names and phone numbers of all councilmembers:
Abstinence Awareness Essay Contest for High School Youth deadline is April 1
The Women's Federation for World Peace is Sponsoring an Essay Contest for High School Youth, with a top prize of $500, second prize of $300, and third prize of$150.
Urban Grocery Launches Affiliate Program that includes support for ULTRA Teen Choice
ULTRA Teen Choice started as a community outreach project of Urban Grocery, a delivery service founded by Richard & Stacey Urban. Richard & Stacey believe in a model of community service that is holistic, where business and community service go hand in hand to benefit the community. Urban Grocery is proud to launch a new Affiliate Program for individuals, schools, churches, and organizations. Affiliates can earn $10 of free groceries for each person referred to Urban Grocery, or earn a $10 credit toward ULTRA Education programs, or $5 cash. Please visit www.urbangrocery.net to find out more and to sign up as an individual affiliate, or www.urbangrocery.org to sign up as an organization. Thank you for your support, and enjoy the free groceries!
See all of the items at the
The War on Intimacy
by Richard Panzer and Mary Ann Mosack
For Teens & Young Adults: