August 26, 2013

Engaging young people in teen pregnancy prevention

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:07 pm by Lund

It is a well publicized fact that the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. is dropping – over 33% decrease from 1991 to 2008 – but still, 3 in 10 young women will get pregnant before they turn 20.   The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies has a multi faceted approach to making sure that the statistics of teen pregnancy continue to drop and that young women and men are informed about contraception and the realities of teen parenthood.  Part of this approach is the Young Leadership Team which was created in 1998, to give voice to teens’ unique perspectives by getting young people actively involved, both nationally and locally, in efforts to prevent teen pregnancy.

One of the 17 members of the group this year is 15 year old Nipunika Coe, daughter of Lund’s Director of Residential and Community Treatment Programs, Kim Coe. “I am extremely proud of her,” says Kim.

Read all about Nipunika’s participation on this committee in this great article by Lynn Monty of the Burlington Free Press.

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