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The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Highlights Community Partners during Road Show 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017—Columbia, S.C.: 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 64%. However, we must remain focused on effective strategies to address the issue as the state still has the 16th 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 by sponsoring several awareness activities, including community lunch and learns, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising events.

“I am very excited to highlight teen pregnancy prevention month as we celebrate sustained progress and support our partners across the state,” said Beth De Santis, CEO of the SC Campaign. “Although teen pregnancy birth rates in South Carolina continue to decline; we know that much work remains and we all have a role to play in making sure young people have access to the information and support necessary to prevent teen pregnancy. We can only sustain this success with persistent activity from parents, trusted adults, youth serving organizations and supportive communities.” 

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

May 1 through May 31 - National Day Quiz:  Teens across the state will have the opportunity to take the national Day Quiz, a survey designed to gain insight into how teen react in a series of love, sex and relationship scenarios.  Visit stayteen.org for details.

May 3 - Wine and Oyster Night at Pearlz:  Join the SC Campaign at Pearlz-Columbia for a night of fun and philanthropy.  Coinciding with Midlands Gives, supporters will have the opportunity to invest in the work of the SC Campaign. 

May 4 - Legislative Day: Join the SC Campaign at the statehouse where staff and supporters will be recognized proclamations from the House and Senate declaring May Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in South Carolina.

May 10 - Road Show Kick Off: From May 10 through May 25, SC Campaign staff will sponsor events across South Carolina, including communities and programs in Aiken, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Dillon, Florence, Greenwood, Marlboro, Orangeburg and Sumter counties, to raise awareness about teen pregnancy prevention.

About the South Carolina Campaign:
The mission of the SC Campaign is to improve the health and economic well-being of individuals, communities and the state of South Carolina by preventing teen pregnancy. To achieve its mission, the SC Campaign works with a variety of programs – public, private, school and community based – in all regions of the state.  For more information on this news release, county specific teen birth data or general inquiries please visit www.teenpregnancysc.org