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Celebrate Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month with the SC Campaign

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Columbia, SC — May is nationally recognized as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and in South Carolina there is much to celebrate. Since the early 90s, the teen birth rate in South Carolina has fallen by 54% - a remarkable decline and one of the state’s greatest success stories. While success should be celebrated, it must not be confused with victory as the state still boasts the 12th highest teen birth rate in the nation.

During May, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) is calling special attention to the issue of teen pregnancy in South Carolina with multiple events planned throughout the month including a host of roundtable discussions, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising events.

As part of the month’s festivities, the SC Campaign will unveil its new strategic commitments that will guide the agency’s efforts for the next five years.

“I am extremely impressed with the thoughtfulness and intensity of our recent strategic planning process which incorporated insights from staff, board members and colleagues in the field,” said Forrest Alton, CEO of the SC Campaign. “Although we have seen great progress over the last two decades, we know that much work remains and are well aware that the environment young people live in is constantly changing. Our new organizational commitments will address these realities and shape the future direction of our organization – giving us the foundation we need to continue seeing decreases in our state’s teen birth rate.”    

Several highlights for May are listed below, but for a complete listing of events, visit www.teenpregnancysc.org.

May 5 - Midlands Gives: The SC Campaign will participate in Midlands Gives, a local, 24-hour online giving challenge led by Central Carolina Community Foundation. This event is designed to encourage friends and neighbors to support their favorite causes and organizations right here in the Midlands.

May 6 - Wine & Oyster Night at Pearlz Oyster Bar in Columbia: Friends and supporters will gather on the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to celebrate progress in South Carolina. Pearlz will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to the SC Campaign.

May 6-23 – Road Show: In an effort to inform South Carolina communities of the successes and challenges related to teen pregnancy prevention and ensure that all communities understand the importance of continuing to invest in youth, the SC Campaign will embark on its 6th annual Road Show, visiting 28 counties and participating in more than 50 events.