Respect Media Release
New York Mayor Invites Healthy Respect
to Participate in 'Respect Life Week' in Yonkers
January 30 , 2009 -- Philip A. Amicone, Mayor of New York's
fourth largest city, invited Healthy Respect to participate in a City
Hall ceremony marking "Respect Life Week" in Yonkers. John Margand,
President of the Board of Directors, represented Healthy Respect.
Joining Mayor Philip Amicone on the steps of City Hall on January 25th,
Mr. Margand praised the mayor for his "compassion, commitment and competence
in promoting the Culture of Life."
Mr. Margand also pointed out that the Healthy Respect's character-based
abstinence education program provides teens with the tools they need
to make healthy decisions to avoid teen pregnancy in the first place.
The program has been operating in the Yonkers public schools for six
"It has been our pleasure to work closely with professional educators
from the district to reach Yonkers students with a clear and consistent
message regarding the power and delicacy of the human reproductive faculties
and to assist them in making healthy choices," Mr. Margand said.
"Our program has been focused on 'what works' in the rapidly developing
field of sexual health education. Our intensive 23 session program has
proven to be effective with students in the Yonkers Public Schools."
Last year, Healthy Respect was selected from among the top abstinence
education programs to participate in a nationwide study to evaluate
best practices in the field of character-based abstinence education.