#NCFYchat Continues Conversation on Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Health
On May 28, sexual health educators and teen pregnancy prevention advocates convened on Twitter for our latest #NCFYchat--"PREP Teens for the Future: A Conversation About Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Health." The chat, part of the Family and Youth Services Bureau's observation of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, helped raise awareness of the issue and introduced the work of three grantees of the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program.
Grantee panelists--namely, Cherokee Nation, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential in Atlanta, and Child & Family Resources in Tucson--kicked off the chat by explaining how their programs incorporate skills like communication and goal-setting to help teens develop healthy relationships and to make more informed choices about their bodies. They also discussed common challenges to their work and offered advice to other advocates before fielding questions from the Twitter audience.
The panel then shifted to a general discussion, with attendees weighing in on the importance of youth sexual health and sharing resources useful to their own work.
For those of you who couldn't make it on May 28, we're sharing a small sample from the conversation below. You can also read the full text of the chat by logging into Twitter and searching for #NCFYchat.
On the importance of parents/caregivers talking to teens about sex:
On advice for FYSB grantees, potential grantees, and teen pregnancy prevention advocates:
A4: Participate in technical assistance opportunities, maintain open/constant communication in all facets of programming #NCFYchat— ChildFamilyResources (@CFRArizona) May 28, 2014
A4: A teen pregnancy advocate should network as much as possible with other advocates and find champions w/in their communities. #NCFYchat— CherokeeNation (@CherokeeNation) May 28, 2014
On participants' own challenges and accomplishments:
Due to our work-- contraceptive services are now being provided by pediatricians @ the Philadelphia dept of pub health centers. #ncfychat— iMatterPhilly (@IMatterPhilly) May 28, 2014