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Nationally Recognized Family and Youth Advocate to Open Teen Pregnancy Prevention Conference in Columbia June 10

Friday, June 5, 2015

Columbia, SC — Shane Salter, national advocate, educator, lecturer and public servant, will deliver the opening keynote address at the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s (SC Campaign) 16th Annual Summer Institute on Wednesday, June 10 at 12:00 PM at the Marriott Downtown.

Abandoned in a NYC apartment by a teenage mother on drugs, Salter was thrust into parenting his infant brother at the age of four. Attempting to overcome the cycle of neglect and exacerbated by growing up in foster care, Salter was compelled to dedicate his life to family advocacy, youth justice, community engagement and school support. He served as former Chief of Staff for Health and Human Services under Mayor Anthony Williams in DC and is the founder of CASA for Children of DC. His accolades include his induction into the National Fatherhood Hall of Fame, time as an Olympic Torchbearer, and receipt of an EMMY Award for his contribution to “Keeping Kids Healthy.” 

Join the SC Campaign for all or part of this year’s Summer Institute – a two-day conference designed for youth serving and teen pregnancy prevention professionals. As one of the country’s most popular conferences of its kind, the Summer Institute is scheduled for June 10-11. In addition to Mr. Salter, the opening ceremony will also include remarks from Evelyn M. Kappeler, Director of the HHS Office of Adolescent Health. The conference will also include:

Wednesday, June 10 at 2:30 pm – Gift of Hope Reception for 40 youth in need who will hear remarks from Shane Salter and receive a pair of sneakers from InnerSole.

Thursday, June 11 at 12:00 pm – Awards luncheon including the presentation of the Murray L. Vincent Outstanding Prevention Professional Award

Other topics being addressed during conference workshops include: 

  • Comprehensive Sex Education
  • Parent/Child Communication
  • Community Mobilization
  • Grant Writing
  • Reproductive Health on a College Campus
  • Leadership/Management
  • Expectant and Parenting Teens
  • Social Media
  • HIV Prevention Education                                                                           

“This year marks another significant turning point for teen pregnancy prevention efforts in South Carolina as teen birth rates have dropped 54% since the early 90s,” said Forrest Alton, Chief Executive Officer of the SC Campaign. “We’re half way there – an achievement that wouldn’t have been possible without the 300+ people we will have in the room with us for Summer Institute. The conference gives us an opportunity to say thank you and to further equip these individuals to continue making progress on this critical issue.”