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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National Day, Stay Teen, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
May 01, 2015

National Day

The 14th Annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is next Wednesday, May 6th and we hope that you will do whatever you can in the coming days and weeks to support this fun and informative online event.

Beginning today—and throughout the month of May—you and the young people in your life can take the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Quiz at StayTeen.org. The quiz—available on desktop and mobile devices (and as a downloadable PDF)—features realistic and informative scenarios that encourage teens to consider how they might respond to a tricky situation before they find themselves in the heat of the moment.

Nearly 500,000 people participated in last year's National Day and with your help we hope to reach even more people this year.

Looking for easy ways to get involved? We've got you covered.

  1. Take the National Day Quiz and encourage the teens in your life to take it as well. Use our National Day discussion guide—available in English and Spanish—to start a conversation about sex, love, relationships, and teen pregnancy today.
  2. Support our National Day Thunderclap campaign. Signing up is simple: just log in with your Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr account(s) and this message will automatically be shared on May 6th: “Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy! Take the quiz at StayTeen.org and start talking. http://thndr.it/1BASbo8”  It only takes a second to sign up, so please show your support!
  3. Talk to the young people in your life. Sex is complicated...so is talking about it with teens. But the National Day—and the whole month of May—is the perfect time to have an open, honest conversation with your teens about sex, birth control, dating, and what makes a healthy relationship. It doesn't have to be an epic summit—just a quick chat to get the ball rolling. To make it even easier, we've developed 8 simple tips to help you start the conversation. We also have teen discussion guides (in English and Spanish) and parent discussion guides (in English and Spanish)  available for download.
  4. Update your Twitter cover photo with a National Day cover and then Tweet about the National Day using the hashtag #StayTeen.  Not sure what to say? Here are a few sample Tweets that you can easily copy and paste into Twitter. 
    • Think you're a sexpert? Take the quiz and find out. Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card at StayTeen.org/Quiz. #StayTeen
    • The best time to think about how to handle a tough decision about sex? Before you have to make it. More at StayTeen.org. #StayTeen
    • Teen pregnancy is 100% preventable. Know the facts, have a plan, and understand your options. Take the quiz at StayTeen.org/Quiz #StayTeen
    • Parents: Take the National Day Quiz with your kids and get talking. They want to hear from you! More at StayTeen.org. #StayTeen
  5. Update your Facebook cover photo with a National Day cover and then update your status with messages encouraging others to check out StayTeen.org during May. Here are some sample status updates you can use. 
    • Think you're a sexpert? Take the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Quiz and find out. Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card after the quiz at http://www.StayTeen.org/quiz.
    • The best time to think about how to handle a tough decision about sex is before you have to make it. Take the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Quiz at http://www.StayTeen.org/quiz.
    • Teen pregnancy is 100% preventable. Know the facts, have a plan, and understand your options. Take the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Quiz at http://www.StayTeen.org/quiz.
    • Parents: Take the Quiz at http://www.StayTeen.org/quiz with your kids and get talking. They want to hear from you!​
  6. Make a tax-deductible donation to show your support for the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and The National Campaign’s work to lower the rate of teen pregnancy in the U.S. by 20% by 2020.

We've got lots more ideas that you can use whether you have five minutes or five hours. Check out our National Day Ideas for Getting Involved tip sheet and get more info at the National Day event page.

Thanks again to our National Day partners and all of the committed individuals and organizations who work tirelessly year after year to make the National Day a success. We could not do it without you!

Authored by: Jessica Sheets Pika

Jessica Sheets Pika is the Director of Communications at The National Campaign. In that capacity, Jessica is the community manager and content strategist for The National Campaign’s award winning websites, www.TheNationalCampaign.org (the Campaign’s corporate website) and www.StayTeen.org (the Campaign’s teen website). She curates and writes content, manages consultants and content contributors, handles both sites’ social media presences, and develops new activities and content areas for both sites. In addition, Jessica handles press initiatives, spearheads the design and creation of new National Campaign materials, and provides general communications and editorial guidance to all program areas of the Campaign.

Jessica joined The National Campaign in 2006 and has nearly 15 years of experience in the non-profit health care world. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Wake Forest University and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, her adorable son, and their dog, Cora.

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