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Equipping Youth with Powerful Choices

Fundraising Banquet September 21, 2017

At the Hotel Kirkwood Conference Center, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Freda McKissic Bush, MD – President/CEO

Freda McKissic Bush, M.D is a Fellow in the ACOG and a practicing OB-GYN. She is CEO of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health (MI) and has co-authored two books with Founder Joe S. McIlhaney MDHOOKED, and Girls UNCOVERED. Dr. Bush is a Clinical Instructor in the Departments of OB-GYN and Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Married to Lee Bush they have four adult children and eight grandchildren.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a pioneer whose work is assisting youth to have a healthier and happier successful life.

Dr. Bush has been in our community several times in the past for Equipping Youth’s state wide trainings. Her lectures were appreciated by the attending medical and educational professionals and youth workers.  Dr. Bush will challenge us at our banquet to provide Sexual Risk Avoidance Education for our youth of Iowa.

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Equipping Youth

With the skills to succeed

in life and in marriage

Encouraging Teens:

YES, save sex for marriage

YES, set goals for your future

YES, you can live a happy, successful, healthy life

YES, avoid negative consequences of dangerous risks today

YES, choose friends who encourage positive actions

Yes, you and only you can make your own



 Students’ Comments:     

“What I liked about Powerful Choices is the idea that I have the power to choose the best for myself>>>>>>>No one can stand in my way.”

“I learned that abstinence (from risks with negative consequences) is the path you want to take in life.  Drugs and alcohol are very dangerous and shouldn’t be messed with!… I learned the  way to succeed in life; – by wisdom and ambition with excellence and all the other wonderful character traits.  Powerful Choices is something I will definitely use now and later in life.”

“We are so glad you came to teach us the truth about the consequences of doing drugs and other risks and the damage to our future marriages that being careless can cause.”

                     Equipping Youth Goals and Activities

Goals:             Provide programming for youth and their families to enhance their ability to become more successful in their relationships as well as in school and their occupations.

Increase skills and assets in youth and their families that broaden their horizons encouraging positive character traits and awareness of consequences of their decisions and activities.

Provide knowledge; insight, experience and understanding that contribute to personal successes now and in their futures.

Encourage communication and collaboration among members of youths’ families.

Address the needs of the community and its leaders to enhance services to youth and their families


Activities:       Conduct Powerful Choices (PC) curriculum Teachers’ training

                        Assist with classes in schools and facilities of youth.

Create venues for youth and their families such as conferences, parenting workshops, family activity nights, and projects for volunteer participation for their communities’ betterment.

Evaluate the various venues for personal and societal changes resulting from our programming.

Provide educational and informational conferences for youth serving community leaders and professionals.


Outcomes:     At least a 20% increase will be seen in the number of participants, 12-19 years, who indicate they have chosen to avoid risk by abstaining from behaviors that could result in negative consequences.

Youth and their family members will indicate at least an increase of 20% being more comfortable talking with each other and/or doing it more often than previously as a result of our programming and venues (projects).

Community leaders who address the needs of youth and families will show a greater knowledge of the facts concerning youth risk behavior and demonstrate an increased ability and desire to exercise primary preventive measures as they serve them.