SC Campaign's emPOWERed Model: Steps Campuses Can Take
Sixty-one percent of women who have children after enrolling in college fail to finish their degrees. While 82% of students understand that having a child while attending college would make it difficult to finish, may students report they do not have enough knowledge to keep pregnancy from occurring.
Here are nine steps your college can take to reduce unintended pregnancy by supporting students' sexual health and decision-making.
1.Ongoing Public Awareness
- Use our fact sheets, higher education resources and county data to create awareness among students, faculty and staff, administrators, parents and community members about the issues surrounding teen pregnancy.
- Direct students to medically accurate information and promote age appropriate websites, like Not Right Now, Student Sex Life, and Bedsider.
- Use webinars, fact sheets, higher education resources and county data to increase staff buy-in and sustainability.
- Encourage professional development among staff using our Online Professional Development Center.
- Consider integrating curricula and classroom instruction into the college experience. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has developed several college-based programs.
- The American Association of Community Colleges also provides resources for campus education.
- Hold special events, workshops or forums to provide an entertaining, informative, and non-threatening way to introduce the issue of unintended pregnancy on campus. Examples include Project Condom hosted by the University of South Carolina.
- Request a speaker from the SC Campaign.
5.Campus Education Group
- Develop a peer group to increase awareness and knowledge among students attending college. Many schools already have student committees that could serve in this role.
6.Intensive Prevention Education
- Provide evidence-based pregnancy and HIV/STD prevention programs (use our Assess for Fit Tool to guide you) for high priority students (like pregnant and parenting teens, students who are first in their family to attend college, and students whose parents were teen parents). These students are at a higher risk of having their educational goals derailed by unplanned pregnancy.
7.Support Services for Pregnant and Parenting Teens
- To ensure that this population achieves educational success, provide information on birth spacing and contraception, positive parenting classes, family housing, childcare and educational support.
- NotRightNow.org offers tips and resources for teen parents.
8.Campus/Clinic Memorandum of Agreement
- Team up with a local health care center and encourage them to prioritize college students and family planning appointments.
- Learn how to make your on-campus clinic teen friendly.
- Ensure access to contraception and sexual health services. This is an evidence-based strategy to address unintended pregnancy on college campuses.
- Provide free, easily accessible condoms at your health center, on-campus clinic and other well-trafficked areas.
- Request free condoms for your campus.