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FREE Webinar | Reaching the Disconnected: Developing New Partnerships to Reach Youth

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

This webinar will explore the topic of disconnected youth in South Carolina by presenting new research and insights about these youth with the goal of sparking ideas for how to reach them with information and services related to pregnancy planning and prevention. Nationally, 13.8% of youth ages 16-24 are disconnected—that is they are neither working nor attending school. In South Carolina, the proportion is slightly higher with 15.2% of the youth identified as disconnected. Among metro areas in South Carolina the proportion of disconnected youth ranges from 12.6% in Columbia to 18.7% in North Augusta. It is also the case that disconnected girls and young women are more than three times as likely as their peers to have a child, and among all disconnected youth, they are three times as likely to have a disability as their connected peers.

Reaching disconnected youth with pregnancy prevention information and resources is more challenging because they are not involved with typical delivery systems such as school. We will offer participants ideas for how to reach these youth and will also offer an opportunity for participants to share strategies they have used in the past to reach youth with resonant and reliable information. Specifically, we will present ideas for how to engage youth in a way that empowers them to think about when, if, and under what circumstances they want to get pregnant/cause a pregnancy. 

Presenters: Katy Suellentrop (Vice President of Programs, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy), Dr. Rena Dixon (Health Services Coordinator, SC Campaign), Shannon Lindsay (Training Coordinator, SC Campaign)