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April 19th, 2018 by Equipping Youth

Fellowship and light morning refreshments.
May 5th, 9-11 am,
in our office at
1700 B Avenue NE Suite 209
Mission of Hope Annex
Come experience some of the lessons up close for yourself.
Find out more:
**Information on how “Powerful Choices” deals with today’s issues plaguing youth and young adults; how to cope with bullying, conning, hate, racism, etc. already being taught in schools as meeting the Health Class State Requirements.
**Biblical Principles and Powerful Choices- Syllabus
outlining the Powerful Choices classes that include
the Biblical Principles the lessons are based upon.
**Updated resources for Youth, Parents, Pastors, Youth leaders and Teachers available soon.

March 7th, 2018 by Equipping Youth

February 2018

Dear Friends,

Abuse scandals are prevalent in our news; but how are we caring for our children who suffer from such things? Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) has become a catch word for educators as well as medical and legislative groups. I recently attended an ACEs conference in Des Moines with several hundred other professionals mostly from County Health Departments and Human Services Offices of Iowa. Last month I attended a conference in Wisconsin to become certified as a Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) educator. These two conferences made me realize that our Powerful Choices lessons have been written to meet the holistic needs of students. Holistic is a concept in medical practice that addresses all aspects of a person’s health including their psychological, physical, spiritual and social needs. This concept must be expanded to include considerations for students in our classrooms who may be suffering from ACEs:

  • Past history – abuse?
  • Current realities – unsafe, unstable environment?
  • Future implications – unsafe paths, missed potentials?

Powerful Choices lessons emphasize hope for the future for each student, “No matter what is happening or has happened to you,

You have the Power to Choose!”

 Biblical Applications: Considering the needs of many youths in our church schools, Sunday schools and youth groups, I have completed lessons for the purpose of teaching preteen students life skills using biblical principles. The lessons emphasis how to make powerful choices concerning peers they associate with and a personal commitment to righteous living.

A Connection to Parents: The students have an opportunity to share information with their parents and families. Worksheets and take home materials provide questions for the students to ask their parents each evening. This provides opportunity to increase parent-child connectedness and generate discussions regarding healthy relationships and family values. Our goal is to strengthen family bonds.

There are 10 lessons useful for teachers, youth leaders and parents to study with their preteen(s). Please e-mail us for more information mail@equippingyouth.org.

Our 20th anniversary is May 5. Save the date for our Open House.

 Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Education assists youth to eliminate/avoid all risk; to achieve optimal health and well being. SRA education teaches a broad based message of how to stay free of all the encumbrances of the consequences that so often follow youth into their adulthood and through out their life time.

Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR)

Education does not agree with SRA teaching that emphasizes abstinence. SRR normalizes and promotes teen sexual activities.

Their myth of “every teen will have sex” is advantage discrimination. By believing that most teens are hopeless this education leaves teens at high risk of suffering holistic consequences. The activities promoted by SRR keep many teens from reaching their potential goals and successes.

Thank you for caring,

Ruth Anne Eccles BSN MSN

We appreciate your support and want you to remember that your donations to our work make a difference for families, schools and communities

March 7th, 2018 by Equipping Youth

February 2018
Stop Advantage Discrimination in our schools!
What is advantage discrimination? When administrators and teachers of our youth in schools and in off site
school rooms decide that youth need to have information that may discourage their greatest potential and
success, that is advantage discrimination.

Most evident of this type of discrimination is the sexual health
education prominent in so many of our classrooms, Sexual Risk Reduction, (SRR). The myth that nearly every
teen will have sex is the reason given for promoting the use of birth control to reduce the risk of becoming
pregnant or being infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease, (STD). These lessons normalize teen sexual
activity while teaching how to use birth control methods. There is danger in these instructions of leaving youth
vulnerable to the very consequences the lessons are to prevent youth from experiencing. There is only one
proven method of avoiding all consequences of sexual activity, abstinence from all sexual activity. In medical
terms reducing the risk through explicit education is secondary prevention of the diseases and consequences
that may follow teens throughout their life time. Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR) education does not give youth
the benefit of optimal health by choosing the best for themselves and their future family. Those who teach
protection other than complete avoidance of these consequences through abstinence are guilty of advantage
Ruth Anne Eccles BSN MSN
Executive Director of Equipping Youth

January 24th, 2018 by Equipping Youth

Bless your Family,

and Equipping Youth, at the same time

Who do you know that loves to shop? This will bless everyone’s socks off!

Community Days is a fundraising event where $5 coupon booklets are sold for an event taking place Thursday, March 1 – Saturday, March 3, 2018 and 100% of every $5 booklet sold will benefit participating organizations.  Coupons are good in the store or online!

Donate $5 and get over $500 in exclusive coupon savings including:

  • $10 off coupon valid on a purchase of $10 or more
  • Up to 30% off shopping pass that can be used over and over throughout the 3-day event
  • 70% off Ruff Hewn and Chaps for Women, Men & Kids
  • $60 off Spring outerwear for her
  • 65% off fine jewelry
  • 45% off coffeemakers
  • 39.97 8-pc. comforter set
  • And many more offers throughout the store!

Every dollar collected, when selling our books, goes directly to Equipping Youth’s mission.  Soon we will be sharing our new curriculum project.  Watch the Gazette’s Editorial page too!  You will see your dollars at work in Eastern Iowa.

Call our office, talk to a board member, or visit this page to purchase your Community Days 2018 Coupon Booklet.  

These coupon books make a great insert                                                            for any Valentine’s Day Card!  

November 1st, 2017 by Equipping Youth

Thanks from all of us at Equipping Youth for blessing us with your support. Your donations have encouraged us to maintain the passion and mission of serving our Iowa youth.  We are contacting our communities’ schools with an offer for training in-services for teachers and administrators. We have updated our curriculum to include personal nutrition/exercise and anti bullying concepts to meet the standards and requirements of the Health Classes for the Iowa Department of Education.

Here are some sites that could be helpful in talking to youth to guard them from some of the severe behavior consequences common among teens:  www.familyfirstaid.org    www.verywell.com                                                                       These sites include great suggestions of ‘how to talk with your teen’ to ‘dealing with teen’s self harm’. Your teen may benefit greatly by doing research together with you on these sites so they can help others and so they are able to converse with you about the hard things.

May the Lord bless you as you continue to care for our youth.      Ruth Anne Eccles, BSN, MSN

For your end of year donations: When planning your year end donations consider giving directly from your financial services without having to pay taxes on the amount you wish to donate. Speak with your financial adviser.  A check for your entire withdrawal can be sent directly to Equipping Youth of Sexual Health Education, Inc. by their office, giving you the entire amount as a deduction on your taxes.


October 3rd, 2017 by Equipping Youth

Thanks from all of us at Equipping Youth for blessing us with your attendance at our event last week. Your donations have encouraged us to maintain the passion and mission of serving our Iowa youth.

Your Donations are Vital!

We have hired an Educator, Carolyn McCracken, to help with teaching in classrooms and to train teachers in the brain based methods of self discovery and discussion of our Powerful Choices Curriculum’s lessons.

Carolyn’s salary depends on additional monthly donations.

Powerful Choices lessons are presented as self discovery exercises and discussions of possible positive and negative consequences of choices. Our presentations emphasize which choices lead to best outcomes based on statistics and research in human behavior. The Powerful Choices lessons give data on the benefits of marriage for children and women. The benefits of waiting until marriage for intimate relationship activities are emphasized. Lessons give hope and resiliency in this culture of negative messages encouraging youth to enjoy immediate gratification and thrills with no thought of consequences.

Dr Freda McKissic Bush, our speaker at the event last week emphasized that we need to help youth to learn to use their head before using their bodies to communicate love and affection. She warned of the threat of pornography and graphic illustrations in today’s sex education and media. She explained how the brain itself is molded by sexual behavior. Her Book, HOOKED, sold out at the event. This book gives the results of neuroscience research that shows what happens between your ears daily and how it affects your behavior.

Partnering Opportunities Will you prayfully consider increasing your giving and consider being a volunteer for teaching, mailings, office work and fundraisers. With Carolyn’s assistance many more youth and teachers will benefit from our work and our need for volunteers will greatly increase.

We would love to visit with you concerning our availability to talk with your school administration or Board. We are available to public or private schools, youth groups, and are able to do one time presentations. Our presentations will challenge your youth in choosing to apply the precepts of biblical truth for their lives. An example is the following presentation especially for youth groups, retreats and Christian schools’ assemblies.


Beating the Con Games

Using PowerPoint slides and interactive demonstrations-discussions students are assisted in:

  1. Discussing media and social cons (lies) directed toward youth for monetary gain,
  2. Understanding the developmental stages of the maturing adolescent brain,
  3. Connecting teens’ use of stimulants, drugs and alcohol to lifetime negative consequences,
  4. Realizing the developing brain’s pathways form habits and chemical bonding from intimate relations,
  5. And making personal powerful choices to avoid the cons and to succeed in their future marriage relationship.


You may use the enclosed card to let us know what you have decided as you have prayfully considered your partnership with us. We would appreciate your name, phone number and e-mail address on the card so we may easily add you to our volunteer and/or donation spreadsheet.


May God bless you,                 For the Staff and Board of Equipping Youth,       Ruth Anne Eccles