PREP Teens for the Future: May Is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Four teens listening to music and reading with the words PREP Teens for the Future below them

For years, the teen birth rate in the United States has been falling. Hitting a peak of 61.8 births per 1,000 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 in 1991, the teen birth rate dropped 51 percent to 29 births per 1,000 in 2012.

But work with teens around the country continues. Even with the decline in teen births and pregnancies, the U.S. has the highest rates of other industrialized nations. And some states, including New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas, have teen birth rates above the national average.

For Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month this May, the Family & Youth Services Bureau’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program is acknowledging the continuing decline of teen birth rates and encouraging providers to keep up the momentum.

To help providers do that, FYSB has launched a teen pregnancy prevention campaign, including a website with this year’s theme, PREP Teens for the Future. 

On the site you’ll find:

  • Shareable graphics and statistics
  • Sample social media messages
  • Event ideas
  • Teen pregnancy prevention resources

FYSB’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program aims to reduce factors that put youth at risk and boost factors that protect them. Grantees in communities across the country educate teens about more than just condom use and abstinence, also focusing on Positive Youth Development and helping them make healthy decisions in all aspects of life as they mature.

Throughout the month, FYSB will host events for grantees and other providers, including training on positive youth development and a webinar on domestic sex trafficking and its intersection with teen pregnancy prevention.

And the work will continue after May. The site will house helpful teen pregnancy prevention resources and prepare the community for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 2015, when FYSB celebrates five years of its Personal Responsibility Education Program.

Go to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month website to start your own campaign today!

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