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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

September 6th, 2017 by Equipping Youth

It is time to select your meal options!  email your choices to mail@equippingyouth.org.  Choices are:  Vegetable Stuffed Chicken Breast, Herb Encrusted Pork Loin, Vegetable Napoleon (GF/ Veg option)

Equipping Youth invites you to our banquet. Dr. Freda McKissic Bush is joyfully anticipating the evening with us. We need your meal choices by 11 September. You can choose from: Herb Crusted Pork Loin, Vegetable stuffed Chicken Breast, Vegetable Neapolitan (GF/VEG option). Tickets are $25. Send your ticket requests/ Sponsor request/ donations to: Equipping Youth, PO Box 1175, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406. Supporters are the backbone of our ability to teach these Powerful Choices to our local tweens.

August 10th, 2017 by Equipping Youth

Here at Equipping Youth we are excitedly planning an event that we want you to enjoy with us. At the Kirkwood Hotel Center we are having a banquet of gourmet foods. The evening of September 21st, from 6 – 8:30 pm. You will dine and hear how our curriculum makes a difference in many lives as youth learn to make the best possible choices everyday. Our friend Dr. Freda Bush from the Medical Institute of Texas will challenge and inform you as she shares her passion to help youth survive and thrive in this culture.
Would you like to have an active role in this event? See our website for information on hosting a table or sponsoring the evening  http://www.equippingyouth.org/2017-equipping-youth-banquet/

April 22nd, 2017 by Equipping Youth

Will the youth of Iowa be left without vital information to avoid ‘needing an abortion’?

Iowa Right to Life has great news in their recent letter. “The four Pro-Life measures before the House, sent over to the Senate will limit abortion in Iowa.”

This is great news for the many thousands of yet to be born children and teens;

However is the best sex education being taught in our schools?


Iowa’s current laws on this subject emphasize the need to teach children about the various methods of reducing the risk of pregnancy and SDIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections). In the Human Sexuality Components of the Human Growth and Development for life skills education in our schools we need laws changed to enforce the teachings of the truth of the efficacy of these risk reduction methods. We also need laws that promote the teaching of how to totally avoid these risks.


Our current sexual education laws reflect the false but popular philosophy of the normalization of teens having sex because of the belief that most teens are engaged in sexual intimacy. This falsified philosophy has led to the idea that youth must be taught to reduce their risks; Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR) education, also known as comprehensive sex education. The children of Iowa desperately need Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education also known as abstinence until marriage education. SRR education emphasizes the use of latex barrier prophylactics.

SRA education is the primary prevention education model. SRA education incorporates the ‘whole person’. Intimate relations result in consequences, positive and negative, to the whole human being. SRA lessons promote abstinence as the very best way of avoiding all negative consequences of sexual intimacy until marriage. These lessons incorporate the benefits of waiting until marriage, making wise choices concerning friendships, group dynamics, personal health, character development, avoiding violence and habit forming activities, how to deal with past and present childhood negative episodes, and   making future educational goals


For the past eight years proponents of SRR education have misused the laws of Iowa to claim that it is unlawful to teach Equipping Youth’s curriculum, Powerful Choices or any curriculum that teaches youth to choose ‘abstinence only’. Although this is false according to the law, 279.50, 10 and 11, most schools in Iowa have discontinued their lessons that had made a huge difference for the health of our youth. From the late 1990 until 2010 many school districts in Iowa taught abstinence to their students.   Iowa Vital Statistics showed that in 2010 our Iowa birth rate and abortion rate of unmarried teens dramatically fell to unprecedented levels. At the same time the Iowa Youth Behavior Surveys showed that much less than half of our youth ever had engaged in sexual activities. Currently these same statistics are showing a rapid increase. Iowa Public Health data is also showing an increase of the incidence of STIs among our youth.

Will you please challenge your legislators in Des Moines to go another step toward fulfilling the desperate needs of our children? Ask them to review the Human Sexuality Components of the Human Growth and Development requirements for education. They could start in sections 256 and 279. Ask them to review similar laws in states such as Georgia and Wisconsin for improvement ideas for our Iowa laws.


For information to help for parents in this culture see our website www.equippingyouth.org


Your donations make it possible for us to remain available to the youth of our communities.

May God bless you and yours!

For the Staff and Board of Equipping Youth                   Ruth Anne