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Reproductive Health Education Series

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

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).

Dates:   August 6th, 2018 | 8:30am (registration), 9:00-4:30pm: Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed   

August 7th, 2018 | 8:30am (registration), 9:00-4:30pm: LGBTQ Inclusion and Trauma Informed Approach

August 8th, 2018 | 8:30am (registration), 9:00-4:30pm: Reproductive Health 101

Location: SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Office, 1331 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 300 Columbia, SC 29201

Cost:      $200/per day- discounts may be available for funded partners of the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

                ** Attendance on Day 1 is a prerequisite for attendance on Day 2.

Seating is limited so register soon!

Registration link: http://www.cvent.com/d/fgqd9v

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SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Receives Funds to Support Reproductive Health Education in Greenville County

Friday, July 6, 2018

Greenville, SC – The Graham Foundation of Greenville has awarded the SC Campaign $30,000 to build the capacity of local organizations to prevent unintended pregnancies among local teens and young adults. Over the next year, the project, called Greenville Reproductive Education for Adults and Teens (G.R.E.A.T) Initiative, will provide support for youth-serving professionals in the area, specifically working with local partners,  Momentum Bike Clubs and Serenity Place. Capacity building includes one-on-one facilitation and planning support, several training opportunities and the ability to sustain evidence based programming for years to come. The goal is, by the end of the project, partner organizations will have the capacity to plan, implement, evaluate, and sustain evidence based practices to prevent unintended pregnancies among the clients they serve. The SC Campaign is excited to partner with the Graham Foundation and local Greenville area partners to address the issue. “We look forward to ongoing partnerships and continued progress in the county. We are energized by the possibilities for youth and young adults around Greenville”, says Amanda Leeson, Capacity Building Coordinator at the SC Campaign. For more information about the project, contact Amanda Leeson at 803-771-7700 or email grants@teenpregnancysc.org.

Jocelyn T. Rogers

Jocelyn, a native of Goose Creek, SC, originally joined the Campaign in August 2014 as a Capacity Building Intern. Prior to joining the SC Campaign full-time, she worked as an Assistant Manager of Operations for Octapharma Plasma, Inc. for 2.5 years. In her current role, Jocelyn provides services to health clinics throughout South Carolina to assist in process improvement, fostering teen-friendly environments and adolescent recruitment, accessibility and retention.

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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.

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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

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New Rules for Federal Funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A funding announcement released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services depicts new guidelines for federally funded teen pregnancy prevention programs. The agency seeks to fund programs for a two-year project period, favoring those that promote abstinence. The new rules are are also less strict about requiring programs to be evidence-based. This is a change from guidelines under the Obama Administration that awarded the largest grants to programs implementing curricula from an evidence-based list.

Read the full story at NYTiimes.com.

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Federal Court Rules in Favor of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018, Columbia, SC—The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) is pleased to announce that federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program funds for its Tier 1A (Accelerating Progress) and Tier 1B (Expanding the Reach) projects remain intact. In July 2017, the SC Campaign was notified that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had decided to unilaterally terminate all Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) grant funds nationwide.

The SC Campaign filed suit in federal court in the District of Columbia to challenge this termination, and today’s court ruling rejected the government’s grounds for termination as illegal. This ruling confirms that HHS must administer the TPPP grant funds in accordance with the agency’s own regulations, and will allow the SC Campaign’s Tier 1A and Tier 1B projects to continue, pending appeal.

Tier 1A serves youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system of South Carolina, two of the highest risk populations for teen pregnancy. Tier 1B brings evidence based sexual health programs to scale in every school district and other community settings in Aiken, Anderson, and Orangeburg counties.

E.A. “Beth” De Santis, the SC Campaign CEO, had this to share: “We remain committed to serving youth and families in South Carolina, and are very happy that the court ruled in our favor. This ruling will allow us to continue the great work in communities around the state.”

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National Day Quiz

Wednesday, May 2 is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Do you work with young people, or have a teen in your life? Invite them to take the National Day quiz to see how they might act in a series of love, sex, and relationship scenarios. Talking with teens about how to prevent pregnancy is an important part in reducing teen birth rates across the country and in South Carolina. 

Take the quiz online or dowload a printable version in English or Spanish.

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Legislative Day

Join SC Campaign staff, board and partners at the South Carolina State House as the House and Senate formally recognize May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Take a moment to talk to your legislator about the importance of supporting teen pregnancy prevention work across our state. 

South Carolina State House
1100 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

For more information, contact us at communications@teenpregnancysc.org.

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Leadership Development Opportunities

Thursday, March 15, 2018

By: Dana Powell, Community Mobilization Coordinator

The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) is pleased to present several leadership development opportunities focused on John Maxwell’s best-selling book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. Our goal is for you to use these programs to enhance the leadership abilities of your organization's staff. 

Dana Powell, Community Mobilization Coordinator, is a Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach for the John Maxwell Team; and it is through this certification we are able to present this amazing opportunity to you. As a John Maxwell Team member, Dana’s desire is to add value by helping you tap into your potential, follow your passion, and live your lives on purpose.

The SC Campaign believes strong leaders are essential to healthy youth, bright futures, and strong communities. You and your team can participate in one of three ways:

  1. joining a mastermind group,
  2. hosting a lunch and learn, or
  3. attending a workshop. 

Join a Mastermind Group.

With a small group of likeminded people who are dedicated to personal growth, we will bring together our ideas and experiences as we study The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. This process will help shape our understanding of the material in a way that is far superior to simply reading a book on your own. We will combine all of our minds to becoming a “master” mind.

Mastermind Groups (MMG) will meet via conference call for 90 minutes each week over a 6 week period. You may select 2-3 people from your agency or team to participate. MMGs will have participants from several organizations.  If interested, you may be able to host a MMG in-person at your location. Contact Dana Powell  at for more information.

Sign up for one of the following groups by e-mailing Dana at dpowell@teenpregnancysc.org.

Happy Hour Tuesdays 3:30 pm-5:00 pm March 20–April 24
Why Not? Wednesdays 1:00 pm-2:30 pm March 21–April 25
Morning Wake-Up Thursdays 8:00 am-9:30 am March 22–April 26
Finally Fridays 9:00 am-10:30 am March 16-April 27*

*excludes Good Friday on March 30

Host a Lunch and Learn.

Over about 45 minutes, you and at least 10 people you select will receive an overview of two to three of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. Packed full of information, the goal of this mini-workshop is for your colleagues to walk away with the motivation and a desire for self-improvement to increase productivity and results. Everyone will leave with at least one strategy they can begin using immediately. You must have at least 10 people to host a lunch and learn and will be responsible for all logistics. Times will vary based on travel needs.

Sign up for one of the following dates by e-mailing Shannon Lindsay at slindsay@teenpregnancysc.org

Tuesday mornings April 10, 17, 24
Thursday afternoons April 5, 12, 19, 26

Attend a Workshop

Sign up for a 3-hour workshop on The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth in Columbia on Wednesday, April 18. An expanded version of the lunch and learn, this longer workshop allows for a more in-depth dive into principles and strategies to grow you both personally and professionally and will include more interactive content to help make messages stick. If interested, you may be able to host a workshop in your own community with a minimum of 20 participants..

Sign up for our April 18th workshop in Columbia. REGISTER HERE.

For more information, contact Dana Powell at dpowell@teenpregnancysc.org or Shannon Lindsay at slindsay@teenpregnancysc.org.

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