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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Federal Funding, Stay Teen, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
April 21, 2016

Last week, our incredible Youth Leadership Team came to Washington, D.C. to advocate for continuing federal funding to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.  Check out the awesome photos and tweets of youth advocacy at work! 

Authored by: Kate Meroski

Kate is the Manager of Teen Engagement within the Digital Department at The National Campaign. She is the web editor and content manager for the Campaign’s teen and corporate web properties (StayTeen.org and TheNationalCampaign.org), as well as their associated social media accounts.  She is also responsible for managing the Campaign’s youth initiative work, including the National Youth Leadership Team and the DC (District of Columbia) Teen Advisory Board.   

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

Other Recent Posts

April 15, 2016
Authored by: Lawrence Swiader

Lawrence Swiader has spent his career studying the intersection of technology, media, education, and how it can better people’s lives.  Currently, as VP of Digital Media at The National Campaign he oversees all aspects of The National Campaign’s digital presence.  Previously, he used technology as a tool to teach about the history of the Holocaust and to motivate people to act to end contemporary genocide.

In his second home of Athens, Greece, he has consulted on various projects for clients including the Athens Metro and museums of Greek history.  Lawrence graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1989 with a degree in Television, Radio, and Film and in 1993 earned a Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from Syracuse University’s School of Education.

Lawrence has a 14-year-old daughter and finds inspiration from playing tennis, sea kayaking in Greece, art, and a good book.

On April 6-7, 2016 30 people representing the 10 winning Innovation Next Awards teams convened in San Francisco at the renowned global design company IDEO's location for two days of workshops. The workshops included learning in the areas of performing research, gaining insights from that research,...
Federal Funding, Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy
April 11, 2016
Authored by: Jessica Sheets Pika

Jessica Sheets Pika is the Director of Communications at The National Campaign.  In that capacity, Jessica drives the communications strategy for the Campaign by curating, writing, and editing content; managing consultants and content contributors; and developing new activities and content areas for the organization.  She is the organization’s editor and manages the creation and publication of all Campaign materials.   In addition, Jessica manages the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy/Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, a national, digital call to action encouraging teens to think about how their lives might change if they were to become pregnant. Jessica also 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 children, and their dog, Cora.

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, May 4, we will be celebrating the 15th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. We know that your time is valuable, so we'd like to share the easiest, simplest, quickest way that you can share your support and make your voice heard this year.Whether you have...
Contraception, Education, National Day, Parents, State and Local, Stay Teen, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
April 08, 2016
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.

Since The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy was founded 20 years ago, there have been unprecedented declines in teen birth and unplanned pregnancy rates across the country. Together we have made historic strides in reducing teen pregnancy, but we cannot mistake progress for...
Contraception, Education, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy