May 20, 2002
Lolita Harper A pastor, a parent and a teenager stood in the middle of a large group Friday night holding oversized signs that read abstinence, birth control and abortion, in bold letters. The exercise was part of the community forum on teen pregnancy, hosted by Speak Out! Students at the Costa Mesa Senior Center, designed to identify topics of discussion related to teen pregnancy. Members of the advocate teen group, part of Camp Fire USA, invited anyone from the area to participate in a discussion on prevention of teen pregnancy.
January 11, 2006
Girls Inc. program teaches about preventing drug abuse, pregnancy.Girls Inc. of Orange County, the Costa Mesa office of a nationwide nonprofit group for young females, plans to expand its services this week with a program at Orange County Juvenile Hall. The program, called Girls Inc.: Taking Care of Business, features classes about pregnancy prevention, preventing drug and alcohol abuse, communication skills and financial literacy for incarcerated girls ages 13 to 18. Staff members from the Costa Mesa office, which serves all girls in Orange County, will lead the courses at juvenile hall.
May 21, 2008
This is in response to the Daily Pilot’s editorial (“Parents best to teach sex ed,” May 17) which addresses Planned Parenthood’s objection to the district’s sex education curriculum, (“District gets ‘F’ in sex ed,” May 14). “Parents best to teach sex ed,” now that’s a good heading. Too bad it doesn’t hold up in the body of the editorial. It should have read “Parents best to teach abstinence” because that is what the Daily Pilot proposes: “Parents ought to promote abstinence if they choose.
April 1, 2001
Stefanie Frith With friends and family to cheer them on, about 40 members of St. Joachim Church participated Saturday morning in the annual Walk-For-Life in Costa Mesa. Now in it's sixth year, the Walk-For-Life, sponsored by the St. Joachim Pro-Life Committee, supports the Life Centers of Orange County. This year's event raised about $3,500, with perhaps more to come, said Diane Brown, church treasurer. The Life Centers were established in 1975, and their services include pregnancy testing, professional counseling, medical referrals and aid in finding financial and housing assistance.
June 30, 2002
I would like to reassure Joel Faris (Sounding Board, "Sex education really ought to start at home," May 26) that Planned Parenthood is doing all it can to help teenagers and parents of teenagers to communicate with one another about pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention. Yes, Costa Mesa is what is referred to as a "hot spot" for teen pregnancy (a zip code or census tract that exhibits a higher teen birth rate than the California state average)
February 24, 2011
COSTA MESA — Using colored pencils, markers and crayons, 33 students in LaWanda Allen's fifth-grade class found their own ways Wednesday to say "welcome to the world" to a newborn. The students sat at their desks under a colorful sea of paper fish hanging from the ceiling, personalizing cards to go with gift baskets that each was assembling for a baby. The students attend St. Joachim Catholic School, a nursery and K-8 private school on Orange Avenue. As part of the class' yearly service project, the students filled the baskets with essential items — baby powder, body wash, a onesie and beanie, a bottle, and diapers — destined for the Life Center in Santa Ana, a pro-life pregnancy service agency.
February 10, 2009
MISTY Misty, 6, was adopted as a kitten from the Community Animal Network, but she now needs a new home. Her family has lost their home, the wife is pregnant unexpectedly with twins and the pregnancy is considered high risk. Her husband’s job takes him traveling most of the time and a volunteer is needed to help drive the cat to the network’s weekend adoption events when he is not available. For those interesting in adopting, Misty is a beautiful Maine Coon Mix with coloring like a mink (Sable or black/brown)
February 13, 2009
Lindsay Nieto The 15th Annual Golfer's Classic will be held at the Santa Ana Country Club on May 4, and it promises to be even more fantastic than before! Please join us as a sponsor or underwriter, as this will enable us to care for the amazing boys and girls we serve by providing safe and loving homes, guidance, college preparatory education, and scholarships. "Boys Hope Girls Hope" seeks out under-served and overlooked children who are most likely to fall prey to drugs, abuse, violence, teen pregnancy and despair, and offers them HOPE: Homes, Opportunities, Positive Parenting and Education.
May 2, 2009
Community outrage against the local high school production of “Rent” at Corona del Mar High has nothing to do with homophobia. Parents, administrators and the community are appalled at the play’s encouraging attitude toward promiscuity, sexual and drug experimentation and profanity. In today’s era of rising teen pregnancy rates, rampant sexually transmitted diseases, out of control drug use and teen violence, our role as parents, educators and community is to encourage our youth toward responsible decision making, respect for self and others, and resisting the lure of peer pressure toward behaviors which can destroy our youths’ future.