Power in Numbers: More than 100 Groups Urge Congress to Protect Funding for Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

March 14, 2013

Teen Pregnancy

Politicians, pundits, policy wonks, and even regular people are intensely focused on the federal budget. Congress is grappling with passing spending bills for FY 2013 (yes, the one that is nearly half-way over) and beginning to debate budget plans for FY 2014. These decisions have major consequences for programs and people across the country.

On March 7, 2013, The National Campaign sent a letter to Congress from more than 100 national, state, and local groups representing a wide variety of sectors committed to reducing teen pregnancy in our nation. Together, this broad cross-section of groups urged Congress to protect funding for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs--specifically, the Office of Adolescent Health's (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP).

Since these programs were first funded in FY 2010, more than 150 organizations across the country have received competitive grants, and 45 states as well as D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia have received formula grants for programs that help reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as equip youth with the skills to lead productive lives. Together, these multi-year grantees are well on the way to serving approximately 1.3 million youth.

Reducing teen pregnancy improves outcomes for children, families, and our nation--and it also saves money. Cutting funding for programs that work would be short-sighted. If you agree, please help spread the word by sharing this letter with your members of Congress.

A big thank you to the many wonderful groups that have already signed on. If your organization hasn't yet joined and would like to, please contact rfey@thenc.org.

Authored by: Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane is the Vice President for Policy and Strategic Partnerships at The National Campaign.  She is responsible for The National Campaign’s public policy program, as well as forging strategic partnerships with a range of public and private sector organizations.  During her time at the Campaign, she has helped launch The National Campaign’s work with community colleges, 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.

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