Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month!

MAY 2016

Why a National Month?

The extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy and childbearing over the past two decades proves that progress can be made on tough issues. In fact, few social problems have improved quite as dramatically over the past 20 years as teen pregnancy.

Despite this progress:

  • nearly 3 in 10 girls get pregnant by age 20
  • the U.S. still has the highest teen pregnancy rate among comparable countries.
  • In New York State, excluding NYC, 38% of high school students in grades 9 thru 12 reported they’re sexually active, and of those sexually active students, 41% indicated that they did not use a condom during last sexual intercourse.*

This suggests that we all need to continue helping teens make informed responsible decisions. We hope that—in some modest way—the National Day will help teens think carefully about sex, relationships, contraception, the possibility of pregnancy, and the lifelong challenges of being a parent.

*Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, NY excluding NYC, 2013 CDC

Teen Awareness Group!

Helping teens make responsible choices about sex, relationships and contraception through education & awareness.

Findings from the 2015 National Day Quiz:

  • 92%: made them think about what they might do in such situations;
  • 70%: made the risks of sex & teen pregnancy seem more real to them;
  • 67%: made them think about things they hadn’t thought about before;
  • 66%: they’d talk to their friends and 49% said they’d talk to their parents or other adults about the situations
  • 53%: they’d learned something new from the Quiz about the consequences of sex.
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