National Day 2014
Event Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: Events occuring throughtout the month of May.
The 2014 National Day is Coming!
Hundreds of thousands of teens nationwide are expected to participate in the thirteenth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on May 7, 2014. The purpose of the National Day is straightforward. Too many teens still think “It can’t happen to me.” The National Day helps teens understand that it can happen to them and that they need to think seriously about what they would do in the moment.
On the National Day, and throughout the entire month of May, teens will be invited to visit The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s teen website—StayTeen. org—to participate in our online National Day Quiz, which challenges them to think carefully about what they might do "in the moment" through a series of interactive scenarios.
Why a National Day?
The extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy and childbearing over the past two decades proves that progress can be made on tough issues. In fact, few social problems have improved quite as dramatically over the past 20 years as teen pregnancy.
The latest news on the teen pregnancy front has been incredibly positive. Since the early 1990s, teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United State have declined by 44 percent and 52 percent respectively and are now at record low levels. The teen birth rate declined by an additional six percent in 2012 alone and is at historic lows for all age groups and all ethnic and racial groups.
Despite this progress, there is still much work to be done:
- It is still the case that nearly three in 10 girls—over 700,000—will get pregnant at least once before they turn 20, and that the rates in this country are far higher than other industrialized countries.
- Rates are even higher for some groups. Forty-five percent of African-American teen girls and 40 percent of Latinas will have a pregnancy before they turn 20. A teen girl in foster care is 2.5 times more likely to become pregnant by age 19 than her peers not in foster care.
- Fully 30 percent of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite pregnancy/parenthood as a key reason. Only 40 percent of teen mothers finish high school, and less than two percent of those girls earn a college degree by age 30.
We all need to continue helping teens postpone their families until they are older, through school, and in stable, committed relationships.
We hope that—in some modest way—the National Day Quiz will help teens think carefully about sex, relationships, contraception, the possibility of pregnancy, and the lifelong challenges of being a parent.
Making a Difference
Thanks to the hard work of individuals in communities, coalitions, and programs across the country and the nearly 200 organizations and media outlets that serve as National Day partners, more than 460,000 individuals nationwide participated in the twelfth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Participants were able to take the quiz online or download a print version and our National Day Quiz discussion guide was downloaded thousands of times.
Each year, we ask teens to tell us what they thought about the National Day Quiz in a post-quiz evaluation survey and many do. This year, more than 4,600 teens shared their feedback on the National Day. Among our preliminary findings:
- 88% said the Quiz made them think about what they might do in such situations;
- 70% said some of the situations in the Quiz were things that they or their friends had faced;
- 69% said they’d talk to their friends about the situations described in the Quiz;
- 67% said the Quiz made them think about things they hadn’t thought about before;
- 66% said the Quiz made the risks of sex and teen pregnancy seem more real to them;
- 62% said they’d encourage others to take the Quiz;
- 60% said they ’d learned something new from the Quiz about the consequences of sex; and
- 44% said they’d talk to their parents or other adults about the situations described in the Quiz.
Here’s what some of them had to say about the quiz:
- "I think it is an eye-opening, realistic quiz. It discusses the situations people aren't always comfortable talking about."
- "It was very life-like and it had a great impact on me. It helped me think about how I would react to these encounters in real life and gave me great tips and information to take in!"
- "I thought it was pretty fun and I liked that you could make your crush and your best friend. And I thought the scenarios were really great because most teens will get into those."
- "I think that the quiz is a great way to inform teens about teenage pregnancy and how to avoid it. It was fun creating my avatars and I liked how realistic the questions were. I definitely related to the stories!"
- "I thought it was cool. It was very informative and wasn't boring at all. I loved how interactive it was."
National Day Partnerships
The National Campaign works with a variety of partners to make the National Day a success year after year. National Day partners include a diverse group of media outlets, health sector leaders, education leaders, businesses, youth-serving groups, groups representing elected officials, fatherhood and male involvement groups, faith-based groups, and other prominent national organizations. Many of these groups promote the National Day to their members, affiliates, customers, audiences, and contacts in ways The National Campaign could never afford or accomplish on its own. A complete list of National Day Partners is visible on the right-hand side of this page.
In addition, the National Day continues to be a remarkable organizing event for states and communities nationwide. To help these state and local promotional efforts, the National Campaign develops and distributes a variety of teen-friendly materials—such as National Day buttons, lanyards, and pens—to help raise awareness of the National Day among teens and adult professionals who work with teens. For a state-by-state breakdown of of partner events, please visit our 2014 National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Activities page.
If you have any specific questions about the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, please contact Michael Rosst at 202-478-8507 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive timely updates about the 2014 National Day, please sign up for our National Day Notification Network.