Personal Perspectives

A Mother Was Born

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

By: Shannon Lindsay, Training Coordinator, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

March 24, 2002. A little more than 12 years ago I began the most challenging role of my life: mother. Up until that point I had been a daughter, student, friend, girlfriend, coworker, and wife but none of those roles had prepared me for my new position. I remember bringing our daughter home from the hospital and being amazed that they actually let my husband and I leave with her. The fact that we were allowed – and expected – to assume complete responsibility for this brand new life, this sweet little baby girl, was astounding to me.
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And the Celebration Continues...

Monday, May 19, 2014

By: Kimberly Wicker, Outreach and Development Specialist, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

In all seriousness, we are counting down to Summer Institute 2014, where we will continue to celebrate 20 years of accomplishments in teen pregnancy prevention while pushing even harder for more growth and progress. We are excited to have more than 350 colleagues from across the state and the nation. This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the 47 percent decrease in SC's birthrate but focus on the research, awareness, advocacy, and evidence-based programming necessary to keep improving as SC is still ranked 11 in the nation for teen births. While we will work hard in beautiful Charleston, SC June 11-13, we will also take time to party just as hard as we did in Columbia at our 20th Anniversary Celebration, especially during our celebration on Thursday night at the conference! Check out some conference highlights below:
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Keep Talking to Closed Doors

Monday, May 12, 2014

By: Kylee Perez, Communications Specialist, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

When my mom held her baby girl and thought about the future I’m sure she saw our relationship growing into something Gilmore Girlesque when I became a teenager. I’d tell her about my first crush while she painted my nails. I’d cry on her shoulder and we'd pig out on ice cream when I got my heart broken. Reading my diary would never cross my mind because my life, to her, would be an open book.
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Tomorrow is Midlands Gives!

Monday, May 5, 2014

By: Sara Lamberson, Corporate Communications Specialist, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The SC Campaign is participating in Midlands Gives, a local, 24-hour online giving challenge lead by Central Carolina Community Foundation TOMORROW, May 6! This event is designed to encourage friends and neighbors to support their favorite causes and organizations right here in the Midlands. Click here to donate to the SC Campaign! Why should you support the SC Campaign's work you ask? Well, here are some reasons...
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The Path to Publication

Monday, April 28, 2014

By: India Rose, Post Doctoral Fellow, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Over the years, I have learned that it takes a lot to get your research published. Not only does it take guidance, rigor, and insight on the front end to conduct the study, but it also takes strength, dedication, and persistence to get the research published. Almost 18 months ago, the SC Campaign conducted focus groups with parents of South Carolina middle school students to examine their perception of school-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. While data collection only took a few months, data analysis, interpretation, and manuscript development took a little bit more time. The research team and I worked tirelessly on drafting a quality manuscript which we submitted to the Journal of Sex Education: Sexuality, Society, and Learning special issue dedicated to the work of Dr. Douglas Kirby.
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Pampers & Pinot Grigio: Musings from a new mom

Monday, April 14, 2014

By: Sarah Kershner, It's Your Game Project Coordinator, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

A little over four months ago, I met someone who completely turned my world upside down. This someone came into the world at 9.5 pounds, screaming and hollering, and showering us with his affection (literally peeing everywhere). This “someone” is my son, McSwaine (Mac) Kershner. After years of dreaming and praying, we finally met our darling little boy and my world hasn’t been the same ever since.
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Tattoos and Teen Pregnancy?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

By: Dana Becker, Spartanburg Community Mobilization Coordinator, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

I love analogies. Complicated ideas make more sense to me when broken down into basic, real-life applications or situations I understand, and I find myself assigning symbolic meaning to little day-to-day things. I often use analogies in my work with young people because, just like me, the analogies help them to connect with difficult concepts. That’s where my new tattoo comes in…
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Wear Jeans, Raise Awareness about Teen Pregnancy

Monday, March 31, 2014

By: Kemi Ogunji, Executive/Development Assistant, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Raise awareness about National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month with us this May! Every year during Blue Jeans for Teens, we at the SC Campaign wear jeans in the office for $5/day or $20/week to help raise awareness and support for teen pregnancy prevention efforts in South Carolina. We’d love for you and your organization/business/community group to join us this year for 1 day, 1 week, or the entire month of May.
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