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

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

In May and throughout the year, join the Family & Youth Services Bureau's Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program in our effort to PREP teens for the future. Teaching teens about healthy life skills, development, and communication helps to prepare them for adulthood and equips them with the information needed to make responsible decisions and avoid teen pregnancy.

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Get the Facts

FYSB's Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program administers 156 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.

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.

New analysis in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found birth rates among Hispanic and black teens were more than three times higher than white teens and that socioeconomic and education gaps were common in communities with high teen birth rates, regardless of rates.

Learn more about the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program

FYSB's Personal Responsibility Education Program Grantees

Nearly 2,500 educators trained in evidence-based programs

74% target youth in high-need area

34% target youth in foster care

After Participating in personal responsibility education 83% of youth felt more prepared for adulthood

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 to avoid teen pregnancy.

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MAY 2016

The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Join the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy as the organization celebrates it's 20th anniversary. Check out their website for more information.

MAY 2016

Special Edition of PREP News

Articles include program highlights, research and evaluation, success stories, a quick fact, and national observances.

MAY 2016


This May, join the FYSB Thunderclap to Prep Teens for the Future! FYSB supporters can lend their voices to the important issue of helping prep teens for a healthier future. Help us meet our goal of 100 supporters by May 31: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/41860-prep-teens-for-the-future

MAY 2016

#NCFYtalk: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Strategies for Runaway, Homeless, and Foster Care Youth

2 p.m. EDT
In this Twitter chat, the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth is partnering with the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a national service offered by the Children's Bureau, to connect professionals and the public to information about child welfare, child abuse, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. Chat participants will learn why it's especially important to prevent teen pregnancy among youth in out of home placements and what strategies have proven effective so far. Use #NCFYtalk to participate in the conversation.

MAY 2016

Effective Strategies for Implementing Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services Among Runaway and Homeless Youth Webinar

3 - 4:30 p.m. EDT
This webinar will highlight effective strategies, models, and stakeholder partnerships that aim to reduce adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates among runaway and homeless youth. Register for the webinar to learn more about relevant data and the adolescent pregnancy prevention strategies currently being implemented with these populations of youth. The webinar will be highly interactive and offer ample opportunities for attendees to ask questions of the presenters. Register: bit.ly/TPPMwebinar

MAY 2016

APP Exchange Website Launch

Revisit this site on May 26 for a new design and resources!

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 requests@ncfy.com or send a message via Facebook or Twitter.