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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Contraception, Media, Parents, Popular Culture, Stay Teen, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
May 04, 2016

Beginning today, Wednesday, May 4—and throughout the month of May—we are asking you and the young people in your life to take the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Quiz at The quiz—available on desktop and mobile devices (and as a downloadable PDF in English and Spanish)—features scenarios that encourage teens to consider how they might respond to a tricky situation before they find themselves in the heat of the moment.

More than 600,000 people participated in last year's National Day and with your help we hope to reach even more people this year.

Want to get involved?  Whether you have a few seconds or a few hours, we have lots of resources available to help you support the National Day, including:

 There are also a number of videos available, including:

And don’t forget—we’re celebrating teen pregnancy prevention month throughout the month of May, so even if you can’t participate today, there’s still plenty of time to support this work!

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.

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May 03, 2016
In honor of The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, The National Campaign Youth Leadership Team  (YLT) will contribute their thoughts about teens, sex, and teen pregnancy prevention thoughout the month of May. The following article was written by Campaign YLT member Gabe L, 17. When was the...
April 29, 2016
Post by Madeleine Lowe, National campaign public policy intern They say you should never talk about two topics on a first date: religion and politics. But for me, they are often some of the first to come up—right after “Where are you from?” and “What do you do?” The latter often spurs a discussion...
20-Somethings, Contraception, Education, Relationships, Stay Teen, Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy
April 21, 2016
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 ( and, 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. 

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! [View the story "YLT Hill April 2016" on Storify]
Federal Funding, Stay Teen, Teen Pregnancy, Teens