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, Teens
June 30, 2015

We at The National Campaign know it’s summer because it’s almost time to welcome the 2015-2016 Youth Leadership Team to Washington, DC. For three months we pored through tons of great applications and ultimately selected a 14-person dream team!

We’re pleased to introduce:

  • Jenny Chen, 15, Farmington, CT
  • Sam Halpert, Washington, DC
  • Romalous Jones, Jacksonville, FL
  • Weston Lee, 17, Pleasant View, UT
  • Gabe Linderman, 16, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Alexis Littrell, 16, Louisville, KY
  • Andrea Marquez, 15, El Paso, TX
  • Juliana Martinez, 15, San Antonio, TX
  • Shreyas Parab, 14, Aston, PA
  • William Restrepo, 17, Crystal Lake, IL
  • Noa Schumann, 14, Tulsa, OK
  • Desiree Simons, 17, Winter Haven, FL
  • Athena Swiader, 13, Washington, DC
  • Brittany Wiafe, 16, Concord, NC

From August 5th to August 7th these teens will gather at The National Campaign where they’ll receive a crash course on teen pregnancy prevention, advise us on the latest news in the teen world, and have fun exploring Washington, DC.

Please join us in congratulating this tremendous team of young people. If you’d like to learn more about The National Campaign’s Youth Leadership Team visit us on StayTeen.org.   

Authored by: Kate Meroski

Kate is the Communications Coordinator at The National Campaign. She is responsible for managing the Campaign’s youth initiative work, including the National Youth Leadership Team and the DC (District of Columbia) Teen Advisory Board. She creates content and is the Campaign’s internal graphic designer.  Kate also manages content on the Campaign’s teen and corporate web properties (StayTeen.org and TheNationalCampaign.org) and social media accounts.  She plans Campaign events and coordinates external communications including press releases and the weekly newsletter, the Campaign EGRAM.

Kate holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from The George Washington University. 

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June 26, 2015
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.

Oh Bristol.  I’m so sorry to hear that you’re pregnant when you clearly don’t want to be. Parenthood is hard enough under the best of circumstances—I can’t imagine the despair you must feel doing it without a supportive partner or the warm embrace of your family. You said you didn’t want any...
20-Somethings, Contraception, Unplanned Pregnancy
June 22, 2015
Authored by: Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane is the Senior Director of Public Policy at The National Campaign. She is responsible for The National Campaign’s public policy program, as well as its growing initiative with community colleges. During her time at the Campaign, she has also had responsibility for partnerships with a wide range of national, state and local organizations and helped launch The National Campaign’s work with youth in foster care and with Latino communities.

From 2001 through 2008, she was also affiliated with the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families in various capacities. Before joining The National Campaign in 2001, Andrea served at the White House Domestic Policy Council as a special assistant to President Clinton. She has also worked at the National Governors’ Association, and at the state and local level in California, Texas, and Virginia.

She studied Government at Smith College, received a BA from Cornell University and an MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

Last week brought good and bad news when it comes to preventing teen pregnancy.First the good news: The teen birth rate in the U.S. declined 9% in 2014 and has now plummeted a jaw-dropping 61% since peaking in 1991.  You might expect that the rate of progress would slow over time, but in fact we’ve...
Contraception, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy
June 18, 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.

The best part of my job is getting to work with groups that one wouldn’t normally think of when looking for partners to work on teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention. For instance, most folks wouldn’t think of working with a Greek Lettered Organization on unplanned pregnancy but I get to do that...
Latino Initiative, Religion, State and Local