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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Latino Initiative, Media, Popular Culture
January 28, 2015

Ray Casas

Big hearty congratulations a Campaign Media Advisor who has dedicated his smarts and talent to our work for many years.

Ray Casas, Latino Initiative Media Advisor, was named one of the Huffington Post’s 40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics. The honor was given to young Latinos who play “key roles across the spectrum of American politics.” As the Manager of Government Relations at Viacom, Ray helps to develop and spread the word about pro-social initiatives from MTV Networks, BET Networks, Paramount Pictures, and other Viacom properties. Whether he’s convening young people at a White House summit or spreading the word about the importance of registering to vote, Ray is both passionate and compassionate. He understands the challenges that many nonprofits face, and tries to channel Viacom’s vast reach and influence for positive social change. We first got to know each other when he was the Director of Public Affairs at MTV Tr3s in 2009. About two weeks later, he left for his Viacom job in Washington, DC, but he remained committed to the Campaign and our cause. Tr3s continues to be among our most creative and enthusiastic media partners—including launching our Stay Joven PSA campaign, a series of short videos by and for Latino youth. Join us in giving Ray a shout out for the great work he’s already done, and all that’s still to come!

 

Authored by: Marisa Nightingale

As The National Campaign’s Senior Media Advisor, Marisa Nightingale leads key partnerships with entertainment media executives to help integrate prevention messages into their work. She and her colleagues provide expertise, story material, and hands-on help to hundreds of content creators in television, print, and digital media whose work is most popular with teens, young adults, and their parents.

Marisa joined the Campaign in 1996, shortly after its founding, and is the architect of its nationally-recognized Entertainment Media and Audience Strategy program. She served as the program’s Senior Director for 12 years and continues to advise on program strategy, forge new media partnerships, and expand relationships with existing partners including NBC, FOX, The CW, ESSENCE, Mun2.tv and more, with a special emphasis on reaching Latino audiences. Public Service Ad (PSA) campaigns developed under her direction have won multiple awards and have garnered millions of dollars in free placements.

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Marisa was the Communications Director at Share Our Strength (SOS), one of the nation’s leading anti-hunger organizations. At SOS, she informed journalists about the causes and consequences of hunger, and trained chefs and restaurateurs to talk to press about hunger, poverty, and child nutrition issues. She is a seasoned speaker on the role of media in preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy, and has served as a Campaign spokesperson to local and national media, including The Today Show, The View, The Ricki Lake Show, NPR, USA Today, The Washington Post and more. Marisa graduated with honors from Yale University and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

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NBC Parenthood
January 23, 2015
Authored by: Marisa Nightingale

As The National Campaign’s Senior Media Advisor, Marisa Nightingale leads key partnerships with entertainment media executives to help integrate prevention messages into their work. She and her colleagues provide expertise, story material, and hands-on help to hundreds of content creators in television, print, and digital media whose work is most popular with teens, young adults, and their parents.

Marisa joined the Campaign in 1996, shortly after its founding, and is the architect of its nationally-recognized Entertainment Media and Audience Strategy program. She served as the program’s Senior Director for 12 years and continues to advise on program strategy, forge new media partnerships, and expand relationships with existing partners including NBC, FOX, The CW, ESSENCE, Mun2.tv and more, with a special emphasis on reaching Latino audiences. Public Service Ad (PSA) campaigns developed under her direction have won multiple awards and have garnered millions of dollars in free placements.

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Marisa was the Communications Director at Share Our Strength (SOS), one of the nation’s leading anti-hunger organizations. At SOS, she informed journalists about the causes and consequences of hunger, and trained chefs and restaurateurs to talk to press about hunger, poverty, and child nutrition issues. She is a seasoned speaker on the role of media in preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy, and has served as a Campaign spokesperson to local and national media, including The Today Show, The View, The Ricki Lake Show, NPR, USA Today, The Washington Post and more. Marisa graduated with honors from Yale University and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

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Media, Popular Culture, Unplanned Pregnancy
Get Off Good in 2015
January 21, 2015
Authored by: Elizabeth Anne Hill

Elizabeth Anne Hill is the Director of Marketing at The National Campaign. She focuses on the Bedsider.org and StayTeen.org brands where she manages multi-channel marketing efforts in both traditional and digital media spaces. She also supports the Campaign’s key programs and initiatives.

Elizabeth Anne cut her teeth in marketing at the National Football League where she did market research and brand management. After a brief stint teaching English overseas, she came back to a marketing function at Racing UK, a subscription television channel in the British horseracing industry. From there, she moved to Las Vegas where she managed licensing, sponsorship, and brand marketing for the World Series of Poker and then became the Director of Marketing for Caesars Interactive Entertainment. In this role, she helped launch three of the company’s online real money gaming products in the U.S.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the Rotterdam School of Business (MBA), Elizabeth Anne now lives in Potomac, MD with her husband, two children, and two rescue mutts.

So many of us make New Year’s resolutions with the best intentions. For some, it’s to lose that 5 lbs. (ok, maybe 10 lbs.) we gained after indulging in too many heavy holiday meals. For others, it’s to learn a new skill. Some people may sign up for a foreign language course while others might take...
Bedsider, Contraception, Popular Culture
Parents
January 16, 2015
Authored by: Liany Elba Arroyo

Liany Elba Arroyo is the Director of Partnerships at The National Campaign where she identifies strategic partnerships that strengthen initiatives to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy.  In addition, she manages the Latino Initiative Advisory Group and the Personal Responsibility, Religion, and Values Advisory Group.  

Prior to coming to The National Campaign, Liany spent over 13 years working in the government and non-profit sectors developing programs and promoting public policies that aimed to improve the health status of Latino communities across the nation.  Most recently, Liany was the Associate Director of the Education and Children’s Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), where she worked on advancing NCLR’s education priorities and policies affecting Latino children and youth.  Liany has published several pieces on children and Latino health and has been cited by Spanish and English media, including The New York Times, Newsweek, and Univision.

Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Liany currently resides in Landover, Maryland with her husband and daughter.  She holds a BS in psychology from Wellesley College and an MPH from Columbia University.

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Federal Funding, Men, Parents, Teen Pregnancy, Teens