Minnesota Organization on Adolescent
Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting

Get Involved in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month!

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is a nationwide event designed to bring attention to the issue of teen pregnancy.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month emphasizes strong partnerships between the community and families in helping young people develop healthy attitudes about sexuality.

Each day in Minnesota, 22 young girls become pregnant; 15 give birth. More than 5,000 teenage girls become mothers each year.
With 137 of every 1,000 Hispanic/Latino girls between the ages of 15 and 19 becoming pregnant each year, the rate of teen pregnancy in Minnesotas Hispanic/Latino population is among the highest in the nation. And, contrary to national trends, this rate is on the rise.
With 119 of every 1,000 African American girls between the ages of 15 and 19 becoming pregnant each year, the rate of teen pregnancy in Minnesotas African American population is among the highest in the nation.

The theme for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 2000 is "Teen Voices." Every member of your community has a role to play in helping teenagers make healthy decisions. Heres some ways you can mark Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in your area:

Hang the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 2000 poster in places where teens congregate in your community. To order posters call the MOAPPP offices, (651) 644-1447, or send us an e-mail, .
Ask your mayor to proclaim May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.  Click here for a sample proclamation.
Hold a community forum on teen pregnancy and teen pregnancy prevention. Ask area churches and faith organizations to include inserts in their newsletter or bulletin on Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.   Click here for a sample bulletin.
Make contacts with reporters or write an editorial highlighting effective programs in your community.
Sponsor a local event.  Click here for a sample press release.
Invite area elected officials to visit teen programs or to meet with local teens.
Offer workshops for parents and teens on sexuality, communication and adolescent development.
Start a local teen pregnancy prevention coalition. MOAPPPs Teen Pregnancy Puzzle Organizing Manual can help with this. Click here for details.
With with the PTA/PTO to develop a teen pregnancy prevention plan for your schools.
Distribute state and county specific fact sheets. Call or e-mail MOAPPP for copies.

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