History and Awards

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy was founded in 1996. Our initial goal was to reduce the teen pregnancy rate in the United States by one-third over a 10-year period (1996-2005)—a goal we are pleased to report has been met. Since peaking in the early 1990s, teen pregnancy is down 52% and teen birth rates have declined 57%. There have been declines in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups.

Although the nation has made extraordinary progress in preventing early pregnancy and childbearing—teen pregnancy and childbearing rates have dropped by over half since the early 1990s—there has been no similar progress in reducing unplanned pregnancies among young adults.

That is why we expanded our mission some years ago and we are now The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. We continue our work on preventing teen pregnancy and focus on reducing the high level of unplanned pregnancy in the United States, especially among single, young adults where the vast majority of such pregnancies occur.  

A group of teenage girls