Roughly one in four 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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Stay Teen, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
April 20, 2015

StayTeen.org Homepage
StayTeen.org, our home for high quality, trusted resources for teens, celebrates its 9th birthday this year (!!!) and to fully commemorate the occasion, we've given the site a much-deserved facelift. We didn't stop at the costmetic, though. Our goal with the new and improved StayTeen.org was do a full overhaul to the entire website: from looks to usability. We wanted to put those things that teens value most—our excellent resources about birth control, sex, dating, and relationships—front and center on the site (without losing the fun, engaging look that Stay Teen is known for).

We invite you to take a look around. While you're browsing, make sure you check out:

  • Ask Us Anything: We've heard for years that we needed a way for teens to get answers to their most pressing sexual health questions in an anonymous fashion—Ask Us Anything is our solution to that problem. Each week we'll open up a new topic (Can I Get Pregnant If...?, Is My Relationship Healthy?) and invite teens to submit questions on the topic. Every Friday around noon ET, we'll post expert answers to all of the questions we received. Questions and answers will be public so everyone can see what's being asked/answered and each week's topic will be archived and searchable on the site. 
  • Birth Control Method Explorer: Curious about condoms? Interested in IUDs? Get all the birth control info that you're craving right here; teens can compare methods, check out which one's require a doctor's visit, and see how effective each one is at preventing pregnancy. 
  • Sex Ed: Sex is complicated. So is dating, waiting, and everything in between. Our Sex Ed section covers all of these topics and more, providing advice, real stories from teens, and resources to help young people navigate all the things they're dealing with on a daily basis.

Once you've toured the site, consider sharing it with the teens in your life. Our resources are written for teens by experts in the field who really know their stuff. You can trust that they are age-appropriate and teens can trust that they're real—not a bunch of jargon or BS. 

Authored by: Jessica Sheets Pika

Jessica Sheets Pika is the Director of Communications at The National Campaign. In that capacity, Jessica is the community manager and content strategist for The National Campaign’s award winning websites, www.TheNationalCampaign.org (the Campaign’s corporate website) and www.StayTeen.org (the Campaign’s teen website). She curates and writes content, manages consultants and content contributors, handles both sites’ social media presences, and develops new activities and content areas for both sites. In addition, Jessica handles press initiatives, spearheads the design and creation of new National Campaign materials, and provides general communications and editorial guidance to all program areas of the Campaign.

Jessica joined The National Campaign in 2006 and has nearly 15 years of experience in the non-profit health care world. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Wake Forest University and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, her adorable son, and their dog, Cora.

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Carlos Pinto is the Media and Project Manager for The National Campaign’s Latino Initiative. Carlos possesses over decade of experience specializing in collaborating with Latino media, gatekeepers, and community-based organizations. At the Campaign, he is responsible for creating and developing culturally adapted teen pregnancy prevention messages and collaborating with Latino-targeted media and entertainment networks to ensure these messages reach the Latino community.

Since joining The National Campaign in 2009, Carlos has also managed a project targeting Latino-faith leaders through which he helped develop Countering the Silence, a bilingual teen pregnancy prevention toolkit that incorporates Campaign data and research and includes over a dozen bible studies and activities and ideas on how faith leaders can openly discuss topics such as sex, dating, and relationships with teens and parents from a religious perspective.

Additionally, Carlos has helped create several Campaign videos including Demasiado Joven (Too Young), a short film that explores teen pregnancy in the Latino community and Life As We Know It, a short film and series of public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Latino teens discussing their views about teen pregnancy.

Carlos is a graduate from Rollins College, lives in Washington, DC and in his free time enjoys collecting records, cycling, and traveling.

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Becky Griesse is the Senior Manager, State Support at The National Campaign. Becky works with the State Support team to provide assistance to state and local communities regarding teen and unplanned pregnancy. 

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Becky was the Adolescent Sexual Health Program Manager at the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). There she provided technical assistance to CDC/DASH funded state education agencies to improve youth access to sexual health services. Becky also has experience coordinating a local teen pregnancy prevention coalition, the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) in Alexandria, VA. 

She attended James Madison University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and George Washington University where she received a Master in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health.  

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Authored by: Jessica Sheets Pika

Jessica Sheets Pika is the Director of Communications at The National Campaign. In that capacity, Jessica is the community manager and content strategist for The National Campaign’s award winning websites, www.TheNationalCampaign.org (the Campaign’s corporate website) and www.StayTeen.org (the Campaign’s teen website). She curates and writes content, manages consultants and content contributors, handles both sites’ social media presences, and develops new activities and content areas for both sites. In addition, Jessica handles press initiatives, spearheads the design and creation of new National Campaign materials, and provides general communications and editorial guidance to all program areas of the Campaign.

Jessica joined The National Campaign in 2006 and has nearly 15 years of experience in the non-profit health care world. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Wake Forest University and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, her adorable son, and their dog, Cora.

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