Report

This is the story of how five different communities worked to protect local youth from the risks of early sexual activity. It is a narrative rooted in community organizing and empowerment. It begins in 1993—with a $5 million, four-year commitment from the Annie E. Casey Foundation — and unfolds into a rich collection of real-world hurdles, participant feedback, and been-there done-that advice. This is the story of Plain Talk. 

March 7, 1998

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    About the Plain Talk initiative.

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    The four building blocks in all Plain Talk plans.

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    How Plain Talk unfolded in five sites.

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    Words of advice from Plain Talk participants.

Key Takeaway

One thing Plain Talk isn’t? An effort to prevent or encourage teens from having sex

The focus of Plain Talk is simple: Jumpstart real, raw conversations — both with adults and adolescents — aimed at protecting youth from the negative consequences of early sexual activity.   

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Statements & Quotations