Minnesota Education Now and Babies Later (MN ENABL)
The Minnesota Department of Health launched Minnesota Education Now and Babies Later (MN ENABL) in 1996. MN ENABL works with teens ages 12-14, their families, and communities to help the teens learn refusal skills ("how to say no") and postpone sex.
The program uses a three-pronged interrelated approach:
- service learning and community organizing,
- curriculum implementation (taught by teens and adults),
- and a statewide public awareness campaign.
Based upon the proven principles of youth development, this teen outreach program provides teens with the necessary supports and opportunities effective in increasing academic success, increasing school attendance, along with preventing teen pregnancy and other negative behaviors among participants.
MN ENABL's website, www.saynotyet.com, gives teens actual ways to stay in charge of their lives and say "not yet" to sex, and it offers adults resources for communicating with teens.
For additional information contact:
MN ENABL State Coordinator
Phone: (651) 201-3752