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, Public Policy, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
May 20, 2016

Shreyas, 15, PA, meets with Sen. Casey 

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, so it’s only right that we give a shout out to some very special teens who not only contribute to teen pregnancy prevention efforts in their communities, but who also recently tried their hand as citizen lobbyists. Last month, The National Campaign’s Youth Leadership Team (YLT) came to Washington, DC for our biennial YLT Hill Day—and we hope their advocacy inspires you to take action to protect funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP).

Our 14 youth leaders met with staff in 31 Hill offices (and 10 members of Congress!) to share why teen pregnancy prevention is important to them, and to ask that the TPPP be fully funded for fiscal year 2017. This was an excellent chance for Hill staff and some members of Congress to put a face to a program. It was also a great opportunity for our youth leaders to engage in the civic process, but don’t take my word for it. View our youth leaders in action and read what some had to say about lobbying on the Hill.  

I enjoyed every moment of speaking about such an important topic. Not only could I help make a difference in America, but in my own state and city. — Juliana, 16, San Antonio, TX

I met with one of my US senators, and several other legislative staffers.  I really enjoyed getting to talk to the people who can make a difference in my community.  I liked getting to tell them what needed to be done and giving them facts of how to do it. —Noa, 15, Tulsa, OK

It was the first time I got to lobby for something I truly cared about on a national level and after Hill Day, it surely won't be my last. —Gabe, 17, Ann Arbor, MI

We’re grateful to have shared this experience with the YLT—and we’re grateful for the work all of our partners do in the field every day. In order for this work to continue, it’s important that members of Congress know about the efforts that TPPP is funding in your community. (If you’re not sure whether there is a TPPP grant in your state or community, view our state profiles.) Even if you aren’t able to advocate, you can still educate members. Check out our “What You Can Do” page for more information on how you can help, resources you can use, and how to look up your Representative and Senators.  

Authored by: Tara Mancini

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