In the United States
Bridgeton, NJ: Inspira Health Network‘s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, “At Promise, Not At Risk,” just received $5 million from the United States federal government to continue its programming. The program, now in its third year, combines life skills with abstinence-based sexuality education for 120 6th graders across two school systems. The program engages the students every day through the school year, and during 5 weeks of summer, until they graduate high school. That’s a lot of time to keep young adults engaged! Maybe they could incorporate some of these fun activities in Game On! The Ultimate Sexuality Education Gaming Guide.
Solano County, California: Teen pregnancy rates in California are declining, even in Solano County where the rates are still the highest in the region. Success was seen across all ethnic groups, and key components of successful efforts included state laws that support comprehensive sexuality education, community programming for life skills education for youth, and wrap-around support for teen parents and their families. It would be nice to see this blueprint spread to other parts of the country (see Missouri, below)!
|Dr. L. Stewart Massad
School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri
: Missouri legislators allowed SB450, The Comprehensive Sex Education Act
to die in committee, despite the correlation between teen pregnancy decline and comprehensive sexuality education. Dr. L. Stewart Massad
is a proponent of the HPV vaccine
for all youth, based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC
of HPV infection rates and the success of vaccination, and recommends parents speak “frankly” to their daughters about the vaccine. Since parents tend to be uncomfortable with this kind of discussion, and Missouri has ensured the information won’t be available in schools, perhaps CFLE’s Sex Ed Store
can assist parents with the discussions they have with their children.
On the International Front
|Dr. Catherine Dawson-Amoah
PPAG Executive Director
: Days after Population Day 2013
, which this year focused on adolescent pregnancy, Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG
) held a conference
to discuss their Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) manual. Carl Ampah of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO
) stated that inadequate sexual education makes youth more vulnerable. PPAG’s executive director, Dr. Catherine Dawson-Amoah, says their manual aims to educate youth about their “sexual and reproductive rights and also empower[s] [them to] make choices from well informed positions.”
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