Nearly 3 in 10 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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Education, Public Policy, Teen Pregnancy
April 17, 2014

Last week I had the pleasure of attending The Family Court of the District of Columbia Superior Court 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference at the DC Convention Center. This year’s focus was on Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Systems Collaboration. The event featured local and national level speakers, including our very own Sarah Brown—who provided an inspiring keynote; as well as local leaders sharing their successes implementing quality programs like the Teen Outreach Program and the New Heights Program. We were joined by leaders from the judicial community, education sector, social workers and attorneys from the child welfare sector, and even the District of Columbia Metropolitan Chief of Police, Cathy Lanier.

The conference shared both a positive and motivational vibe. We celebrated the successes and accomplishments of young people in the District, while discussing ways to collaborate in order to better meet their needs as they pass through the various systems they are involved with. The conference program illustrated the fact that current programs tend to focus heavily on secondary pregnancy prevention—with much talk of support for our pregnant and parenting teens in foster care. It is my hope that further elevating this issue with those in the child welfare field will ultimately lead to greater efforts on the primary prevention side of things. This event was a wonderful opportunity to network and learn from our colleagues working with youth in a variety of settings throughout the District and I was thrilled to be involved as a representative of the Campaign.

If you're interested in teen pregnancy prevention and high risk communities, the Campaign has a number of great resources. Check them out in our Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice section.

 

Authored by: Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty is the Senior Manager of State Support at The National Campaign. In this role, she provides technical assistance to state and community organizations in their efforts to reduce teen pregnancy, including federal grantees running evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. In addition to her work at the Campaign, Kyle is an adjunct professor at George Mason University, teaching undergraduate level courses in Human Sexuality, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for youth in foster care in the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Kyle served as Director of HIV Education for the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, building the capacity of state and local education agencies to prevent HIV Infection among youth. Kyle is originally from the Philadelphia, PA area and earned her B.A. in Child Welfare from Brown University. Following graduation, Kyle joined the Teach for America Corp as a Special Education teacher in Bronx, NY and earned her M.S. in Teaching from Pace University. After teaching middle school students for three years, she continued her work with youth as a Project Manager with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit that facilitates community-led playground builds across the country. Kyle returned to New York to attend Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, earning her M.P.H in sexuality and health while working as a health educator, HIV prevention counselor, and HIV/STI testing provider. Kyle is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

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Authored by: Mike Rosst

Michael Rosst is the Assistant Director of Digital Media at The National Campaign. Michael is responsible for establishing, planning, and developing new digital approaches and appropriate applications of rapidly emerging electronic technologies for the purpose of achieving The National Campaign’s behavior change goal of reducing unplanned pregnancies among teens and young adults. In addition, Mr. Rosst is responsible for the art direction and user experience of various digital properties, with a particular emphasis on the award-winning Bedsider.org—The National Campaign’s free online birth control support network—and National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy properties.

Mr. Rosst joined The National Campaign in 2005 and has 13 years of experience in in the areas of health research, digital media, and design. He received a BA in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University.

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Authored by: Amy Kramer

Amy Kramer is the Senior Director of Entertainment Media at The National Campaign. She came to the Campaign in 2007 after more than fifteen years as a television news producer and communications consultant.

Amy’s role at the Campaign is to advance the organization’s mission by working with entertainment media executives, writers, producers, and others to help them incorporate teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention messages into the content of their work. She consults and advises on many television programs and websites, writes episode discussion guides for parents and teens in order to help them watch TV together and talk about it afterward, produces Campaign PSAs and other videos for educational and promotional purposes, and works with outside experts on the media goals of the Campaign.

Prior to joining the Campaign, Amy was a producer at ABC, CNN, and CNBC. She began her career at the political Hotline, a daily news wire service covering state and national politics, and then started in television as a political researcher for CBS News. As a communications consultant she worked with corporations and foundations on issues such as drug abuse, education, health care, aging, and employee/employer relations. She has moderated focus groups, written surveys, and provided analysis and direction on public opinion related to these topics. She has also worked as a political campaign press aide and a summer camp waterski instructor. Amy graduated magna cum laude from Lehigh University with degrees in government and journalism. She lives in Maryland with her husband and dog.

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Authored by: Lauren Mann

Lauren Mann is the Entertainment Media Manager at The National Campaign.  In that capacity, Lauren is responsible for staying on top of changing trends in teen and unplanned pregnancy, watching episodes of teen and young adult oriented television and writing discussion guides and blog posts for media partners, and assisting in general with the Campaign’s television and print media partners. 

Lauren joined The National Campaign as an intern and has written original content for several sites and blogs.  Lauren has a degree in Communications and Journalism from The George Washington University and walks to and from work every day to her home at the top of a really big hill.  

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