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SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and SC Center for Fathers and Families Partner to Raise Awareness During Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

COLUMBIA, SC – May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention month. According to the latest research, there has been a 67 percent decline in South Carolina’s teen birth rate since it first peaked in 1991. The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families (SCCFF) are partnering for a media tour to bring awareness to several initiatives addressing teen pregnancy and services to reach expectant and parenting teens and young adults through the South Carolina Community Support for Young Parents Project.

The SC Campaign builds the capacity of local communities to address teen pregnancy through mission-based focus areas of training and technical assistance, public awareness and advocacy, and research and evaluation. They instruct and assist community leaders to help teens make good decisions about their sexual health. The organization trains youth-serving professionals, promotes communication within families, and advocates for grassroots programs that educate and empower teens. Each May, SC Campaign kicks off a “Road Show”, to support service providers and communities as they host events to bring awareness to teen pregnancy prevention.

The unique five-year partnership between SC Campaign and SCCFF has allowed the perspective of the young father to be part of the conversation on teen pregnancy. SCCFF provides services such as job skills development, parenting/co-parenting classes and health screenings to help fathers have a positive presence in their children’s lives. The Center has produced a “Facing Early Fatherhood” documentary that brings to light the choices and challenges young fathers are faced with as a result of an unintended pregnancy. SCCFF has also produced “Fatherhood Reality Check” a multimedia curriculum that presents the reality of what life is like as a young father. To guide young men as they navigate life as a young father, SCCFF has designed a website, youngfatherhood.com, which connects them to online resources on a variety of topics including: legal resources, health, employment and education.

Below is the schedule of events for the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent May Teen Pregnancy Road Show:

  • May 1, Edward E. Taylor Elementary, Columbia, SC
  • May 1, Midlands Gives, Columbia, SC
  • May 2, Pearlz Wine and Oyster, Columbia, SC
  • May 2, Advocacy Day, Columbia, SC
  • May 3, Children’s Defense Fund Afterschool Event, Marlboro County High School, Bennettsville, SC
  • May 4, Ron McNair Junior High, Lake City, SC
  • May 5, Edisto Fork UMS, Orangeburg
  • May 5, Nazareth AME Church, Johnsonville, SC
  • May 5, Family Outreach of Horry County and A Father’s Place, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • May 5, Edisto Fork UMS, Orangeburg
  • May 7, Orangeburg Consolidate School District 4, Norway, SC
  • May 10, Hyatt Park Elementary School, Columbia, SC
  • May 12, Dillon Boys and Girls Youth Center, Dillon, SC
  • May 15, Empowered to Heal, Florence, SC
  • May 19, Journey UMC, Columbia, SC
  • May 24, Parent Youth Event, Lexington, SC
  • May 24, Orangeburg Boys and Girls Club, Orangeburg, SC
  • May 25, Dillon Boys and Girls Youth Center, Dillon, SC
  • May 30, Central Carolina Technical College, Sumter, SC

Representatives from the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families are available for on-air segments to discuss this partnership, services and events in greater detail. For more information and for booking, contact, Felicia Snider at (803) 227-8800.

About the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Founded in 1994, the mission of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (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 our mission, we work with a variety of programs—public, private, school and community based—in all regions of the state.

About the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Its mission is based on the conviction that children thrive when an engaged, responsible father is active in their lives. In South Carolina, many children live in a father-absent home, and the consequences are dire. To address this problem, The Center supports 18 fatherhood programs currently serving 46 counties across the state while promoting father-friendly policies and practices and helping to erase society's negative stereotypes of non-custodial, low-income dads.

Learn more at www.scfathersandfamilies.com