Minnesota Organization on Adolescent
Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting

Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2000
Contacts: Nancy Nelson, 651-644-1447 or Wendy Audette, 651-644-1447

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Across the state of Minnesota and throughout the nation, May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (TPPM). Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month is a community effort to raise awareness about teen pregnancy and the need for effective, comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention programs.

"Each day in Minnesota, 22 girls between 15 and 19 get pregnant," says Nancy Nelson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting (MOAPPP). "While thats an improvement over past years, its still far too many vulnerable young lives being affected by the far-reaching consequences of early pregnancy."

The theme for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 2000 is Teen Voices. To create the Teen Voices campaign, a coalition of organizations (MOAPPP, St. Paul Urban League, Pilot City Health Center and MN Family Planning and STD Hotline) created a Teen Advisory Panel, consisting of a small group of African American teenagers who were concerned about the high rates of early pregnancy in the African American community. Together, the youth developed a full-size, 3-color poster with a teen pregnancy prevention message. To promote the poster and TPPM, the Teen Panel members are now participating in community outreach programs and events, including todays African American Teen Pregnancy Prevention rally at Mount Olivet Church in St. Paul where they will unveil the poster.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 2000 is focusing attention on the high rates of pregnancy among Minnesotas African American youth. Thats because in Minnesota, the teen pregnancy rate among African American teenagers in Minnesota is among the highest in the nation, according to recent data from the MN Department of Health.

MOAPPP is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991 to strengthen the policies and programs related to adolescent pregnancy, prevention and parenting in Minnesota. MOAPPP is the statewide leader in pregnancy prevention information exchange, awareness and advocacy. MOAPPP coordinates Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in Minnesota. 

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