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, Men, Parents, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
November 24, 2015


Last week, The New York Times published an article highlighting Fathers Raising Responsible Men, a teen pregnancy prevention program in NYC aimed at encouraging fathers and their teenage sons to discuss the dangers and consequences of unprotected sex. The developer of the program, Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, is a professor at NYU, currently the chair of the Campaign’s Latino Initiative Advisory Group (LIAG), and has had close ties to The National Campaign for several years.

Designed for Latino and African American teens 15 to 19 years of age, Fathers Raising Responsible Men is designed to facilitate important paternal parenting behaviors that influence adolescent decision-making. The program provides fathers of teen boys the resources needed to discuss sex and relationship-related issues in an honest manner and highlights the important and influential role that fathers have on the development of adolescent males.

Since nearly one-third of Latina teens and one-fourth of African-American teen girls in the United States get pregnant at least once before they reach age 20, it is critically important for programs to be specifically developed for these communities. And given the fact that even fewer programs are designed for fathers and/or male teens, we hope that Fathers Raising Responsible Men will demonstrate measurable and positive long-term outcomes. We’ll stay tuned and keep you abreast of program’s progress. In the meantime, buena suerte (god luck), Vincent!

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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Authored by: Andrea Kane

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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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Authored by: Ginny Ehrlich

Ginny Ehrlich is the chief executive officer at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Prior to taking the helm at the National Campaign, Ginny directed the childhood obesity prevention portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and led the Foundation’s efforts to establish a strategic direction for its $500 million investment in ensuring that all children achieve a healthy weight by 2025.  Previously, Ginny spent eight years at the Clinton Foundation, where she served as the Founding CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the long-time CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. During her tenure at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Ginny positioned the organization as a national leader on preventing childhood obesity and started the nation’s largest school-based obesity prevention program.  Ginny started her career in the classroom as a health and sexuality educator, and has held several state and national leadership positions.

Ginny has dedicated her more than 20-year career to improving the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, and families.  Known for her abilities to build organizational strategic vision and foster partnerships of great purpose across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Ginny was recognized in 2012 by Health Leaders as one of the nation’s top change agents in the health sector. Ginny has a breadth of experience working with businesses, community organizations, policymakers, schools, and government officials on a wide variety of social welfare issues.

Ginny holds a doctorate of education in education leadership and a Master of Science in Special Education, both from the University of Oregon, a Master of Public Health from Boston University and a BA in Community Health Education, from the University of Oregon. She lives in Washington, DC; she is an avid tennis player and runner.

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