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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Education, Latino Initiative, Men, Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy
April 14, 2015

National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
This past week the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families published a new guide that provides an excellent overview of several Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education programs and Responsible Fatherhood programs developed specifically for the Latino community. If you work with Latino teens and/or young adults I encourage you to download and read the guide because it will allow you an opportunity to compare various aspects of these programs at-a-glance and may help you determine which program(s) might best satisfy your organization’s and community’s needs.

In addition to offering comparisons, the guide also identifies key areas where Latino-specific Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education and Responsible Fatherhood programs can be strengthened in order to keep these resources effective. As the quality of Latino-specific programs that emphasize male involvement, healthy relationships, and comprehensive sex education continue to evolve, organizations that serve Latino teens and young adults will be better positioned to continue their efforts to decrease Latina teen and unplanned pregnancy rates.

So, take a moment to review the guide and consider the strengths and weaknesses of the program(s) you are interested in.

Authored by: Carlos Pinto

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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