It’s that time of year again, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Those of us in the field know that every day has to be a day to prevent teen pregnancy—despite over a decade of decline, the teen birth rate is coming up again and there certainly is no time to rest on our laurels. what National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day gives us is an opportunity to reach out to people—parents, teens, community leaders and other stakeholders—who may not already be getting our message. It can highlight the successes we’ve seen over the years, and the challenges we still face. And, any time teen pregnancy is in the spotlight is an opportunity for parents and teens to openly talk about adolescent reproductive health, and that’s a good thing.
Many agencies and communities are planning events to celebrate the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. We want to highlight what you’re doing too. To get an announcement published in our e-newsletter, send information to firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you don’t have anything planned yet, consider doing something, even something small, to bring attention to the issue of teen pregnancy prevention. You could simply encourage people to take the quiz put out by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unintended Pregnancy, or you could sponsor a poster contest. You could put a banner on your web site announcing your support of the Day. There are many ways you can get involved, even this close to the day.
In 2009, over 450,000 teens took the National Campaign’s quiz, giving them an opportunity to think about how to protect themselves from becoming a parent too soon. There were media partnerships, contests, and other opportunities to get kids and parents involved in spreading a prevention message. This year the quiz is offered again, at www.stayteen.org.