U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesAdministration for Children & FamiliesFamily and Youth Services Bureau

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

In May, the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program will observe Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month by raising awareness and sharing resources. Our theme, PREP Teens for the Future, emphasizes the importance of taking a holistic approach to educating at-risk youth about pregnancy prevention, with the goal of positively enhancing their development.

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TEEN Pregnancy Prevention Month PREP Teens for the Future

Get the Facts

FYSB’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program administers 172 grants throughout the nation and several U.S. territories. These programs target vulnerable populations by providing culturally relevant and age-appropriate comprehensive and abstinence-only sex education. To reduce factors that put youth at risk and boost factors that protect them, grantees enhance the youth experience by providing mentoring, counseling, adult supervision and/or programming on adulthood preparation subjects.

Learn more about the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program

Did you know...

Youth are less likely to get pregnant or get someone pregnant if they have:

Open communication with adults about using contraception.
Supportive parents.
Healthy family dynamics.
Healthy relationships with peers.
Peers who use condoms.
Accurate knowledge about sexual health, pregnancy, sexually
   transmitted infections, and the importance of abstinence.

Youth are more likely to get pregnant or get someone pregnant if they:

Live in poverty.
Are the child of a teen parent.
Are from a single-parent home.
Live in a home with a lot of family conflict.
Have sex at a young age.
Use and/or abuse drugs and alcohol at a young age.
Have low self-esteem.

To learn more about how State Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grantees are addressing teen pregnancy and adulthood preparation subjects, read "How States are Implementing Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Through the Personal Responsibility Education Program" (PDF, 756KB).

Now that you have the facts, read on to get involved.

Get Involved

Help us spread the word about teen pregnancy prevention.
Use your social media and our resources below to heighten awareness in your community.

Share Graphics

Show your support by using these graphics on all of your social media platforms.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month logo
Keeping Up the Momentum: Together We Can Keep Teen Birth
   Rates Falling (Infographic PDF, 365k) (text-only version PDF, 85k)

 

Events

Domestic Sex Trafficking and Its Intersection With Teen Pregnancy Prevention - Webinar

3 p.m. Eastern time
Sex trafficking is common among youth who are likely to participate in adolescent pregnancy prevention programs. Learn about linkages to appropriate treatment and social support services to help these youth overcome the impact of trauma and exploitation, and strategies to incorporate positive youth development and awareness of sexual exploitation into pregnancy prevention programming. Learn more and register.

PREP Teens for the Future Twitter Chat - Twitter chat

2 p.m. Eastern time
Each day, FYSB’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention grantees help “PREP Teens for the Future” by giving them the skills and knowledge to make healthier decisions about sex. Grantees who have made notable strides in reducing teen pregnancy in their communities will share their experiences and resources in this hour-long Twitter chat. Use #NCFYchat to follow along and participate.

Share Your Success!

Send photos, links and stories to demonstrate how you are observing Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in your community to FYSB’s National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth at ncfy@acf.hhs.gov or send a message via Facebook or Twitter.

FYSB-Sponsored Events

Cluster Call
Audience: Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program Competitive Abstinence Education Grantees
Description: Participants will explore issues of diversity and share strategies to meet the diverse needs of youth who participate in abstinence programs.

Grantee Training
Audience: Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program Grantees
Description: The in-person training entitled Think Positive! Incorporating Positive Youth Development will be held May 5-6, 2014, in Arlington, VA.

FYSB Brown Bag Event
Audience: FYSB and Children’s Bureau Federal Staff
Description: Participants will share ideas on how the bureaus can work collaboratively to support teen pregnancy prevention throughout the year and hear reflections from youth who have participated in adolescent pregnancy prevention programs.