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Healthy Respect Media Release

Healthy Respect Attends Upbeat National Meeting

January 28, 2010 -- For one co-ed, classroom lessons apply to real life situations

Continue working hard each day for the sake of the young people who benefit from the abstinence message, and don't let the challenges in funding stop you.

This was theme of the annual meeting of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), held this week in Arlington, Virginia. Abstinence education programs throughout the nation have been hit hard by rollbacks in federal and state funding in the past year, yet they are determined to go forward with new partnerships and new sources of funding.

Conference speakers stressed that although the mood in Washington has changed with the new administration, the need for character-based abstinence education has remained the same among young people throughout America.

The conference title was "STAND," urging all those who support abstinence education to stand together, support one another and seek out new sources of support in both government and the private sector.

Healthy Respect, the New York-based program, was represented at the meeting by Dr. Nanci Coppola, Executive Director, who is a member of the NAEA's Advisory Board. Reporting on the general conference meeting, Dr. Coppola said, "There was a discussion on the need to convey what our programs truly do, that is to provide character education and youth development programs that include teaching students the value of abstinence from all risky behaviors, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, violence and sexual activity outside of marriage."
Dr. Coppola added, "The time has now come for everyone who supports the values of character development, abstinence and goal-setting to band together to keep these programs going. The future of our young people, the next generation, is definitely at stake."