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April 4, 2012
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Beyond the Birds and the Bees

Parents who are hesitant to talk with their children about sexual health and yet concerned about where youngsters are getting their knowledge about the subject should note a Talk is Power forum is planned Thursday, April 12, in Edwards.

"Every parent wants his or her child to develop healthy relationships into adulthood," said Denise Kipp, director of the Eagle County Red Ribbon Project. "Come to the Talk is Power forum on April 12. This presentation is designed specifically for parents, guardians, family members and youth-serving professionals who want to sharpen their skills around talking with youth about sexuality and sexual health."

The bilingual forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Miller Ranch Community Center.

"Family involvement is critical to keep our young people safe and healthy. Research indicates that adolescents who have strong relationships with adults are less likely to engage in risky behavior, including drug and alcohol use, violence, school drop-out and risky sexual behavior," said Kipp.

Guest speaker is Rebecca Engel, the Education Program Manager at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. She oversees Speaker's Bureau, Project Prevention and ICYC: In Case You're Curious, PPRM's new text messaging program. Rebecca originally joined PPRM as an educator three years ago.

The forum will prepare parents to be better communicators with their youth around topics that our youth face every day. Those who would like to attend are asked to please contact Kipp at (970) 827-5900 or by email at

Eagle County Public Health and Red Ribbon Project are sponsors of this event in partnership with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Eagle River Youth Coalition.

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