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The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Connects with Community Partners during Road Show 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May is nationally recognized as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and in South Carolina there is much to celebrate. The teen birth rate in South Carolina has fallen by 67% since the early 90s however, focus must remain 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 awareness activities, including community lunch and learns, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising events.

“Teen pregnancy prevention is an ongoing effort supported throughout the year, however each May we have a special opportunity to highlight teen pregnancy prevention month, celebrate progress and support our community partners across the state,” said Beth De Santis, CEO of the SC Campaign. “Although the teen birth rates continue to decline in South Carolina; there is still more work to be done. We must continue our efforts to impact systems on all levels and collaborate for success. Our young people should have access to age-appropriate information and resources necessary to prevent teen pregnancy. We can only sustain this momentum with continual activity from parents, trusted adults, youth serving organizations and supportive community resources.” 

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

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

May 2 - Wine and Oyster Night at Pearlz:  Join the SC Campaign at Pearlz Oyster Bar, Columbia (upstairs) - for a night of fun and philanthropy.  Supporters will have the opportunity to invest in the work of the SC Campaign. 

May 2 - Legislative Recognition Day: Join the SC Campaign at the statehouse where staff and supporters will be recognized from the House and Senate chambers declaring May Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in South Carolina.

May 3 - Road Show Kick Off: From May 3 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.