Nearly 3 in 10 teen girls become pregnant at least once by age 20 and fully half of all pregnancies in the United States are reported by women themselves as unplanned. Not too good.

By posting some intemperate thoughts about sex, love, relationships, pregnancy, childbearing, the media, public policy, our dogs, and other topics, we hope to spark a two-way discussion about how best to bring down the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in this country. And who knows…from time to time, we might even offer up a few cogent thoughts that will be helpful.

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Teen Pregnancy, Teens
April 16, 2014

This May 7th, we recognize the 13th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and we would like to ring in this year’s event and celebrate the extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy over the past two decades with a very loud Thunderclap! Please help our message be heard by joining our Prevent Teen Pregnancy Thunderclap campaign to show your support for the National Day and teen pregnancy prevention.

If you've never heard of Thunderclap, it is an online tool that allows causes to amplify a specific message by organizing hundreds of people to share the same message with their social networks—via Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr—at a single, common moment boosting the message’s volume and creating more mass awareness.

Our campaign needs at least 250 supporters to sign up to share our message before 12pm EST on Wednesday, May 7th...if we don't reach our goal, none of our messages will be sent, so join us now! Signing up is simple: just log in with your Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr account(s) and this message will automatically be shared on the National Day: “Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy! Take the quiz at StayTeen.org and start talking. #ND14 http://thndr.it/1elygjV”

You can also access our Thunderclap campaign through the widget below...with so many ways to participate, what's stopping you!?

It only takes a minute to sign up, so please show your support by joining to our Thunderclap campaign! For more information on this year’s National Day and to learn how you can get involved, please check out our National Day event page.

Authored by: Mike Rosst

Michael Rosst is the Assistant Director of Digital Media at The National Campaign. Michael is responsible for establishing, planning, and developing new digital approaches and appropriate applications of rapidly emerging electronic technologies for the purpose of achieving The National Campaign’s behavior change goal of reducing unplanned pregnancies among teens and young adults. In addition, Mr. Rosst is responsible for the art direction and user experience of various digital properties, with a particular emphasis on the award-winning Bedsider.org—The National Campaign’s free online birth control support network—and National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy properties.

Mr. Rosst joined The National Campaign in 2005 and has 13 years of experience in in the areas of health research, digital media, and design. He received a BA in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University.

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16 and Pregnant Maddy
April 15, 2014
Authored by: Amy Kramer

Amy Kramer is the Senior Director of Entertainment Media at The National Campaign. She came to the Campaign in 2007 after more than fifteen years as a television news producer and communications consultant.

Amy’s role at the Campaign is to advance the organization’s mission by working with entertainment media executives, writers, producers, and others to help them incorporate teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention messages into the content of their work. She consults and advises on many television programs and websites, writes episode discussion guides for parents and teens in order to help them watch TV together and talk about it afterward, produces Campaign PSAs and other videos for educational and promotional purposes, and works with outside experts on the media goals of the Campaign.

Prior to joining the Campaign, Amy was a producer at ABC, CNN, and CNBC. She began her career at the political Hotline, a daily news wire service covering state and national politics, and then started in television as a political researcher for CBS News. As a communications consultant she worked with corporations and foundations on issues such as drug abuse, education, health care, aging, and employee/employer relations. She has moderated focus groups, written surveys, and provided analysis and direction on public opinion related to these topics. She has also worked as a political campaign press aide and a summer camp waterski instructor. Amy graduated magna cum laude from Lehigh University with degrees in government and journalism. She lives in Maryland with her husband and dog.

Did you see 16 and Pregnant last night? The first new episode in nearly two years introduced us to Maddy, a teenager from Illinois who met a guy online as a rebound after a breakup, had a one night stand with him, and got pregnant. They say they tried to use a condom but it was confusing and...
Media, Popular Culture, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
April 14, 2014
Authored by: Lauren Mann

Lauren Mann is the Entertainment Media Manager at The National Campaign.  In that capacity, Lauren is responsible for staying on top of changing trends in teen and unplanned pregnancy, watching episodes of teen and young adult oriented television and writing discussion guides and blog posts for media partners, and assisting in general with the Campaign’s television and print media partners. 

Lauren joined The National Campaign as an intern and has written original content for several sites and blogs.  Lauren has a degree in Communications and Journalism from The George Washington University and walks to and from work every day to her home at the top of a really big hill.  

Last week, 16 of our national Youth Leadership Team members descended on Washington, DC and stormed the Capitol for their right to be heard. Okay, so it was less of a “storming” and more of an organized stroll, but you get the point. With a record-breaking 38 (!!) meetings, each of our fantastic...
Federal Funding, Public Policy, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
April 09, 2014
Authored by: Lisa Shuger

Lisa Shuger is the director of public policy for The National Campaign. She is responsible for assisting in efforts to develop and execute effective policy strategies to help prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy, taking the lead on high school completion, and opportunity/mobility. She has responsibility for building partnerships with national, state, and local organizations involved in K-12 education. In addition, she works on health and human services policy to improve outcomes for women and families.

Prior to working for The National Campaign, Lisa was the Washington director for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Her focus included immigration reform and international refugee protection/assistance. From 1996-2001, she served as deputy director/legislative representative to New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani where she led efforts on immigration and welfare reform. She has worked for the American Psychological Association and the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

She studied K-12 education and Russian and East European studies, and received her BA in education from the George Washington University.

Image Credit: DC Campaign to Prevent Teen PregnancyShortly after U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced in January of this year that the U.S. high school graduation rate had reached 80 percent (for the school year 2010-2011)—the highest in American history—a piece appeared in...
Education, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Teens