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We’re Participating in Midlands Gives 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

By: SC Campaign

We’re excited to announce that we’re participating in Midlands Gives 2019! This 24-hour online giving campaign helps bring our region together as one community to raise money and awareness for local nonprofits.  

 

We love the community aspect of Midlands Gives because we believe that the prevention of teen pregnancy isn’t just in the best interest of adolescents their families. It’s in the best interest of our community.

 

In 2018, your donations helped us support our community by:

 

Providing training

• 46 trainings provided to 835 people
• 4,350 continuing education hours awarded

 

Empowering local organizations

• $1,475,472 in funding distributed to 51 agencies in 16 SC counties
• 8 school districts, 3-community-based organizations, and 3 health clinics participating in prevention programs. 

 

Reaching youth and their families 

• 620 teens participating in Let’s Talk Month programs
• 11,205 youth participating in educational programs and health services 

 

Can we count on you in 2019?

 

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April is STD Awareness Month!

Monday, April 22, 2019

April is STD Awareness Month and the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) has created resources to help increase awareness across the state. In addition to our ongoing outreach and training efforts, publications like this help youth-serving professionals and other trusted adults understand the issue and how to help adolescents make healthier choices about love, relationships and sex.

Organizations across the U.S. use this month as an opportunity to educate about and promote best practices for STD/STI prevention. The fact is, there are 20 million new STD/STI cases in the U.S. every year and the medical costs for these new cases are upwards of $16 billion. Half of all new STD/STI cases in the U.S. are in people between the ages 15-24 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017). Many STD/STIs can be prevented by wearing a condom, so we are working to prevent the further spread of them by helping youth-serving professional improve education on and access to contraception and condoms.

More than 25 years of training and support for professionals has allowed us to effectively address, not just pregnancy, but also adolescent reproductive and sexual health. Moving forward, we want to continue highlighting the importance of adolescent-friendly health care services, evidence-based approaches to education and our ongoing commitment to keeping adolescents healthy.

Publications: 

2017 South Carolina Teen STD/STI Rates                    

      

 

 

 

 Adolescent Sexual Health Facts                                          

   

 

 

 

For more information, contact communications@teenpregnancysc.org.

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Pints for Prevention with Bierkeller Columbia

Come join the Campaign at Riverfront Park on May 21 for a pint or two in the name of teen pregnancy prevention! A percent of what you spend will help us continue to educate youth-serving professionals and provide resources for parents and other trusted adults.

Bierkeller Columbia will be pouring Columbia's favorite lagers from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the historic riverfront pump house complex on the banks of Columbia's three rivers. 

A note on getting there and parking: this is on the Columbia side of the river. Enter on Laurel from Assembly Street to avoid having to wait at the left-turn traffic light off Huger Street. Or, if you're on Huger, enter using the green turn arrow at Taylor and cut through CanalSide Apartments to the park. Park in the free lot and stroll through the park gates and around the corner. Bierkeller will be set up across the small pedestrian bridge near the sunken amphitheater and old pump station.

Some tips: 

  • Bring a blanket or pop-up chair to sit on, seats along the river fill up quickly, but there's plenty of space! 
  • They take cash and card.
  • The park is both snack and dog friendly.
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Thriving On Family – Palmetto Place Children and Youth Services’ Unaccompanied Youth Program

Thursday, March 28, 2019

By: Lydia Royals, Public Relations Specialist

No teen is the same. They learn differently, they have different experiences, and they are in different stages of adolescence. Despite the countless difference, one thing remains true for all: teens want to be heard by someone they trust. Our partner Palmetto Place creates an environment where this is possible for all youth.

According to their website, Palmetto Place Children and Youth Services provides a safe and supportive environment for children and teens who have faced abuse, abandonment, neglect and/or homelessness. As a part of our Office of Adolescent Health funding, Palmetto Place is implementing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs within their Unaccompanied Youth Program.

“Any teenager needs this information, but especially since we’re working with an at risk crowd, just to get them the information is important,” Courtney Tidwell, Direct Care Staff, said. “Information on healthy relationships is especially important because sometimes they they latch on to whatever kind of relationships they can. It’s our responsibility to tell them a person might say they care about you, but you need to rely on their actions.”

Although Palmetto Place is 40 years old, their Unaccompanied Youth Program is less than 5 years old. This program prepares unaccompanied youth to live independently and reach self-sufficiency. Palmetto Place provides food, housing, clothing and wraparound services for teens ages 16-21 in Richland and Lexington Counties referred by school social workers and partner agencies. In response to the growing need in our community, the program recently expanded with a new house and 25 beds in 2016.

Staff at Palmetto Place strive to create a home for youth in their program. Beyond having a stable place to live and grow, the goal is for their youth to feel safe and as though they can trust the adults they encounter.

“At the end of the day, we’re a family,” Kamelle Frink, Lead Direct Care Staff, said. “We thrive on family. The beauty here is that everyone has something different to offer the teens.”

This family environment is key to ensuring that Palmetto Place’s youth feel comfortable enough to engage in conversations about safe sex.

“Whether the curriculum we’re teaching resonates or not with our youth, it definitely makes them more comfortable with us,” Tidwell said. “Those who have taken the curriculum talk to those who are taking it now and it builds trust through word of mouth. They know that they can come talk about safe sex or their relationship without feeling like they’re going to be judged.”

Though many their residents enter Palmetto Place as a junior or senior in high school and stay through high school graduation, several of them have gone on to college, the military, or successful careers.

“We have so many success stories and we definitely keep in touch with them. We’re family, so after they leave they often contact us,” Frink said.

Want to know more about how you can get trained in curriculum to guide the youth you work with? Reach out to training@teenpregnancysc.org.

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Reproductive Health Education Series

Event description:

Are you new to sex education? Or has it been awhile since you've covered this content? Or would you just like to brush up our knowledge and skills? Join us for a series of learning sessions designed to help new and experienced health educators grow and refine their skills.

Day 1: Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed is a national model for training teachers to implement high-quality sex education. It aims to ensure that all sex educators are equipped with the skills needed to effectively facilitate student learning, create safe and inclusive environments and provide opportunities for meaningful skill-building and values exploration, regardless of the specific curriculum they teach. It consists of one full day training covering climate setting, sex education policies, facilitation skills, values clarification, managing personal disclosure and answering difficult questions.

Day 2: We will be offering two half day modules that cover LGBTQ inclusion and trauma-informed approaches. The two half day modules are only available to participants that register for the full day of Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex.

Day 3: Reproductive Health 101 provides the participant with a general overview core concepts related to reproductive health as it relates to teen pregnancy prevention in South Carolina. Topics covered include Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology, Adolescent Growth and Development, HIV/STIs, Contraceptive technology, and provides strategies for teaching comprehensive sexuality education that meet the standards set forth by the Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA).

Event objectives:

As a result of participating in this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe strategies that can be used to create a safe and supportive learning environment for teaching sexuality education
  2. Define comprehensive sexuality education
  3. Describe and apply the continuum model for addressing values laden statements
  4. Demonstrate the ability to utilize the five-step process for answering challenging questions
  5. Define common terms of reference in the LGBT community
  6. Describe the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation
  7. Explain the risks and barriers faced by LGBT individuals and the impact on health disparities
  8. Describe at least three strategies for creating inclusive learning environments
  9. Describe the prevalence and impact of trauma in the lives of teens in their classrooms and programs.
  10. Examine the relationship between trauma exposure, high-risk sexual behaviors, and pregnancy.
  11. Adapt personal and programmatic interventions such that they fall in line with the key principles of a trauma-informed approach.

Event Target Audience:

Educators, youth serving professionals, and any one teaching or facilitating sexuality education programs.

Event Trainer:

Brittany Wearing, MPH, CHES and Shannon Lindsay, MS

Event Details

Location:

McWaters Customer Experience Center- 1104 Shop Road, Columbia, SC

Cost:

$900.00 (out-of-state) $600.00 (in-state) discounts available for funded partners

Registration Deadline:

April 30th, 2019

Late registration must be approved by the training manager, Shannon Lindsay (training@teenpregnancysc.org or 803-771-7700), and is subject to a $25 late registration fee.

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If you are interested in additional information about this training and the possibility of having one in your area please contact our Training Manager, Shannon Lindsay, at slindsay@teenpregnancysc.org or 803-771-7700.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made by 3 full business days will be fully refunded. No shows will forfeit all registration costs.

Inclement Weather Policy: The SC Campaign follows the City of Columbia for weather closings. We monitor and adjust as necessary. We make all efforts to connect with registrants via email to advise of office closing and delayed starts. In case of cancellation of training due to weather, we will refund registration fees and make all efforts to reschedule in a timely manner.

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Askable Adult Workshop

 

We're collaborating with the Richland County Library to make our Askable Adult workshop accessable to as many people as possible! Sign up to attend the upcoming workshop below. 

Providing care and support to teens to make healthy decisions can be a challenging job.  This workshop is designed for teen-serving professionals to improve their communication skills in supporting adolescents’ healthy decisions.  Every moment with a teen is precious; this workshop is designed to ensure those rare moments are positive encounters that have the most benefit for the teen.  Never miss an opportunity – know the techniques that will have the biggest impact!

Objectives:

  1. Describe the role of an Askable Adult. 
  2. Describe reproductive biology in a teen-friendly way.
  3. Describe the link between brain development, hormones, physical maturation, sexual exploration, and teen pregnancy.
  4. Describe how trauma can impact a young person’s behavior and communication skills.
  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills between adults and teens about contraception, safer sex, and other sexuality issues.

If you’re interested in registering for this workshop, call (803)-988-0891.

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Meeting Young Parents Where They Are – Family Outreach of Horry County

Thursday, February 21, 2019

By: Lydia Royals, Public Relations Specialist

Family Outreach of Horry County serves one of the most unique communities in South Carolina. Considering the sheer size and population of Horry County, Family Outreach juggles serving families who live in large metropolitan and rural areas all at the same time.

“Horry County really is a microcosm of the entire nation,” Susan Canterbury, Executive Director, said. “It’s difficult to juggle the various communities and adapt for our diverse population of clients.” 

The organization’s original mission when it was formed in 1983 was to provide new families with parenting information, but as the late 80s arrived and teenage pregnancy was becoming more prevalent, Family Outreach began to focus on teen pregnancy prevention programs, especially providing support and education for young mothers and their families.

The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Family Outreach have worked together for years and still do today. As a partner of Children’s Trust of SC’s Community Support for Young Parents initiative, funded through the Office of Adolescent Health’s Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF), Family Outreach collaborates with other Horry County organizations like A Fathers Place to provide resources and work directly with expectant and parenting teens in their area.

“We’ve worked with other local organizations well before the PAF grant—we created a mini-coalition back in 2010 with the Campaign [SC Campaign] to meet on a regular basis to talk about teen pregnancy prevention,” Canterbury said. “Now we stay in touch, work together and have a system in place to refer back and forth with one another, making sure young parents get the assistance they need.”

Family Outreach offers various programs dedicated to meeting young parents where they are. Making sure that young families have the education and resources they need to thrive is imperative to the health of their community. Their services include:

  • Diaper Bank: Diapers, baby formula & food, gently used infant and toddler clothing.
  • Teen Pregnancy Preventive Education: Using evidence based curricula such as Making a Difference, Be Proud! Be Responsible! and Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective! in community settings, Family Outreach reaches local teens. Family Outreach also assisted in getting Horry County School District to teach Making a Difference by modeling how to teach in in middle schools for several years before handing it off for schools to keep going. They also provide birth control and reproductive health education, information and referrals to their parenting clients during home visits.
  • Parents On Point Program: A community based program, funded by PAF, that works to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting teens and young adults in Horry County. With diverse community partners, we are able to provide a variety of services to both mothers and fathers. 

Services/Referrals may include:

  • Parenting and co-parenting classes
  • Parenting support groups
  • Health and family planning services
  • Prenatal, child birth and infant care education prevention
  •  Healthy relationships
  • SC Thrive Benefit Bank Site-aid in applying for government assistance such as Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps, Family Independence, and State & Federal Taxes etc.

Want to know more about how you can help Family Outreach of Horry County? Visit http://family-outreach.org/home/.


The project described was supported by funding through Children’s Trust of SC by Grant Number 1 SP1AH000077-01-00 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health.

Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.

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