Letter from CEO Beth De Santis
2016 was a year of change. As the new CEO of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign), I became an integral part of the shifts we experienced as an organization and am grateful to have been able to share in such an exciting transition. My first few months at the SC Campaign have been a whirlwind and I am excited when I think about where we are and where we are going.
The Annual Report serves as a chance to reflect on yesterday and envision tomorrow. Looking back on the accomplishments of our state, our partners and our staff over the past year makes me confident in the direction we are heading. As you look within the pages of this report, I encourage you to view this as more than a recap of 2016’s progress, but as a reminder of the fact that we have more work ahead of us.
The Annual Report represents the time and care our partners have put into working with the youth they serve. This is where our work branches beyond teen pregnancy prevention and into raising a generation of young people who understand they are in charge of their own tomorrows. The relationships our partners have created with the youth in their communities is one of the most important aspects of creating change in the teen birth rate and we will continue to support and uplift their efforts.
From protests to petitions, our nation is speaking up about the issues they care about and it is being felt in every public issue you can imagine. For us and our SC Campaign friends, it is imperative we remain a part of discussions that lead to positive change. When it comes to issues South Carolina cares about, our goal is to continue to bring teen pregnancy prevention to the forefront of those conversations.
Now is the time to make our voices heard. It took looking at the issues I care about and seeking to do my part to positively impact those very things that led me to the SC Campaign. When it comes to teen pregnancy prevention, we all have a role to play. It is not merely the responsibility of health care providers, parents, teachers and youth groups. It is our collective responsibility.
The time is now, more than ever, for us to stand strong for the efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. Thank you for standing with us.
2016 Annual Report