The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) was founded in 1994 to combat increasingly high rates of teen pregnancy in our state. Since that time, the SC Campaign has been the only organization in South Carolina that works in all of the state's 46 counties exclusively focused on the reduction of teen pregnancy. After 20 years of dedication and commitment to the issue, great progress has been made in our state but much work remains. From 1992 through 2012, teen birth rates in South Carolina decreased by 47%. Even with such remarkable progress, 15 girls age 15-19 in South Carolina give birth every day and the state has the 11th highest teen birth rate in the nation.

While we pause and celebrate the accomplishments, we understand there is no time for complacency, thus making the work of the SC Campaign of vital importance. Through mission based focus areas of training & technical assistance, public awareness & advocacy and research & evaluation; our objective is to build the capacity of local communities to address teen pregnancy within their own neighborhoods. Our dedicated staff instructs and assists community leaders who are helping teens make smarter decisions about reproductive health. We are transforming South Carolina by training youth-serving professionals, initiating communication within families, and advocating for grassroots programs that will educate and empower teens.

Mission Statement

To improve the health and economic well being of individuals, communities, and the state of South Carolina by preventing teen pregnancy.

Vision

Healthy Youth. Bright Futures. Strong Communities.

Organizational Beliefs:

    We believe:
    • The prevention of teen pregnancy is in the best interest of adolescents, their families and their communities.
    • Parents should be equipped to be the primary educators of their children about love, sex and relationships.
    • The most effective health and sexuality education is age-appropriate and medically accurate, emphasizes abstinence and provides information about contraception.
    • The use of research proven curricula and programs will reduce teen pregnancy.
    • In partnering with all sectors of the community to implement effective strategies to reduce teen pregnancy.
    • Young men and women should be respected for their unique traits and characteristics and empowered to take control of their own reproductive health and wellness.
    • In maintaining a staff and board of directors that is talented, diverse and representative of the populations we serve.

    Organizational Promises:

    • Communication: We vow to communicate with and listen to parents, providers, key leaders and community members throughout South Carolina to gain an increased understanding of local needs and assets.
    • Customization: We promise to customize approaches that combine evidence-based approaches with the unique fabric of every community we serve.
    • Capacity Building: We will strive to increase the capacity of community members (parents, youth serving organizations, school staff, faith leaders and youth) to address the complex issue of teen pregnancy.
    • Commitment: The SC Campaign is committed and fully invested in prevention for the long term.