A GIRL'S BEST FRIENDS

ALMA POWELL AND ELAYNE BENNETT, ONE PRO-CHOICE, THE OTHER PRO-LIFE, FIND COMMON GROUND ON TEENS AND SEX

RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, ELAYNE BENNETT, HEAD OF BEST Friends, an organization that encourages schoolgirls to forgo sex, reached into her purse and found a piece of paper that board member Alma Powell had slipped in there a few days before. It turned out to be a check from General Colin Powell providing the major portion of matching funds for a $200,000 challenge grant. "I couldn't believe it, and I almost lost it," confesses Bennett. "Alma gave it to me with so little fanfare."

Best Friends started on a shoestring and a smile in a bedroom of Bennett's Chevy Chase, Maryland, home...

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