Local Youth Serving as Advisors to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Aug 02 2011

(Washington, DC) -- Seventeen teens were recently selected as a member of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy?s 2010-2011 Youth Leadership Team (YLT). The Youth Leadership Team is a diverse group of 17 teens from across the country each of whom serve an 18-month term.

Created in 1998, the YLT helps ensure that the views of teens are reflected in The National Campaign's work and gives voice to teens' unique perspectives by getting young people actively involved -- both nationally and locally -- in teen pregnancy prevention efforts. During their 18-month term, YLT members participate in a variety of activities that both promote teen pregnancy prevention and expand their own abilities. Specifically, YLT members:

  • serve as youth advisors and the primary teen voice for The National Campaign;
  • plan projects in their own communities to raise awareness of the issue;
  • visit Capitol Hill and meet with their Senators and Representatives to talk about teen pregnancy prevention; and
  • participate in National Campaign activities, such as the popular National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

In the past, YLT members have served as teen spokespeople on issues of sex and pregnancy prevention in such media outlets as NBC News, ABC News, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, MTV, and The Washington Post; written articles for teen magazines and websites such as Chica Girl Magazine, and MTV.com; and contributed to popular National Campaign publications, such as Talking Back: What Teens Want Parent to Know About Teen Pregnancy.

Each YLT class is recruited from national, state, and local youth-serving organizations, such as Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, the Girl Scouts, the United Native Indian Tribal Youth Council, and others of similar caliber and reach.

To date, 144 teens from 37 states and the District of Columbia have participated in six YLT classes. YLT members come from communities large and small, urban and rural, and from highly diverse backgrounds.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families. Our specific strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults.

Visit http://www.TheNationalCampaign.org/about-us/ylt.aspx for more information about the YLT.