Spark Interview: South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy CEO Forrest Alton
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Spartanburg Spark--""While most of us probably don’t know it, May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention month. As part of their outreach program, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy spends most of the month darting around the state raising awareness of South Carolina’s 12th highest in the nation status in teen births, and educating the public about proven ways to reduce teen pregnancy.""
""The problem is particularly relevant here at home. Spartanburg has the highest teen birth rate of any urban county in the state, and back in 2010 a five-year federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control was awarded to address the problem in Spartanburg. The grant provides $1.5 million per year (divided between Spartanburg and Horry Counties), and the goal is to reduce teen pregnancy by 10 percent over that five-year period. The SC Campaign is working with several groups locally to achieve that goal.""
""I had the chance on Thursday to sit down with the group’s CEO Forrest Alton to ask him about the work they’re doing in our community.""