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Learning Collaborative Session #2 - Closed Event

This a closed event for our Accelerating Progress: Strengthening Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives Among High-Need SC Populations Project Partners.

This is Learning Collaborative Session #2.

Registration is closed but partners can reach out to Meredith Talford, Community Grants Manager for the registration link at

Event Details

Date: 11/15/2018

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: McWaters Columbia Customer Experience Center at 1104 Shop Road Columbia, SC

Cost: registration is free and only for our partners in our Accelerating Progress: Strengthening Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives Among High-Need SC Populations Project

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WEBINAR: Lessons Learned: Quality Improvement Success and Challenges

Would you like to learn something new while having lunch? If you answered ‘Yes’, then this webinar is just for you. Join us during your lunch on October 18, 2018 from 12-1 as we learn how to address challenges and barriers while working on quality improvement and how to answer that underlying question, “How can we make this work?” This webinar will be an engaging one-hour conversation highlighting past and current CREW (Collaboration for Reproductive Education & Wellness) teams’ successes and challenges as they participated in this exciting and informative learning collaborative. We will hear from teams as they share what worked well for their sites and lessons learned as they continued working on quality improvement of their health centers/clinics after their participation in the collaborative.

Target Audience

This webinar is a closed event for past and present CREW participants. Interested in learning more about CREW? Want to join in on this webinar? Reach out to our Health Services Team at

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Roots and Wings Training of facilitators

The SC Campaign provides a 4-hour Training of Facilitators to both equip community partners with necessary skills to effectively reach parents as well as prepare them to facilitate a 2-hour Roots & Wings workshop with parents. The goal of the Roots & Wings workshop is to help parents have more open, honest conversations with their children and teens about tough topics.


As a result of participating in the Training of Facilitators, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall two new learning strategies for involving parents.
  2. Develop an action plan for involving parents.
  3. Plan a full implementation of the Roots & Wings workshop for parents.

Target Audience

Youth serving professionals interested in providing the parent workshop in their community or organization.

Event Details

Dates: November 9th, 2018, 9:00-1:30pm
Registration begins at 8:30 am
Cost: $25 (discounts provided for funded partners)
Location:  Axis 1 1644 Jackson Street Barnwell, SC 29812
Seating is limited.
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 or 803-771-7700.

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South Carolina’s Teen Birth Rates Continue Decline but There’s More Work to Do

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October 1, 2018—Columbia, SC: South Carolina’s teen birth rate has declined by 70% since peaking in 1991, continuing decades of success for communities across the state. This includes a 9% decrease from 2016 to 2017, landing the teen birth rate for 15-19 year olds at 21.7 per 1,000 females. Older youth (18-19 year olds) continue to drive the overall South Carolina teen birth rate, currently making up 75% of all teen births.

Vulnerable teens need more information about preventing STIs and HIV.

STI and HIV rates remain an area of concern. In 2016, South Carolina ranked in the top 10 nationally for rates of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea. From 2016-2017, South Carolina saw an 11% increase in the rate for Chlamydia, a 35% increase in the rate for Gonorrhea, while HIV prevalence saw a 5% decrease (15-19 year olds, per 100,000 population).

Youth-serving professionals need continued support.                 

The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) trains youth-serving professionals in programs that emphasize abstinence as well as knowledge about effective forms of birth control and condom use among sexually active teens. This is critical to not only preventing teen pregnancy, but also STIs and HIV.

Reaching parents is key!

Reaching parents is very important, especially during months like October when professionals in the field highlight national “Let’s Talk Month.” Find more details about this public awareness campaign and events sponsored by the SC Campaign here -

Statement from SC Campaign CEO:

Beth De Santis, SC Campaign CEO, says, A 70% decline in our state’s teen birth rate since 1991 is a point of pride for our state.  While we are impressed with the declines, we recognize work must continue by all of us to maintain success.

The SC Campaign is committed to supporting professionals and parents, making sure South Carolina's youth get effective health education and increased access to reproductive health services.

With 3,406 births to teens in 2017 and a continual increase in STI rates, we must continue to help professionals and parents reach our most vulnerable youth.  It takes sustained commitment and support to keep our young people healthy.”

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


Communications Department

1331 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 140, Columbia, SC 29201


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On the Table Conversation Brunch

You're Invited! 

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is hosting an On the Table conversation – one of many mealtime gatherings taking place across the region. 

It will be a relaxed gathering for us to share and connect around our experiences living in the Columbia area, especially as it relates to keeping our young people healthy.

It’s a chance to gather with neighbors and talk about the issues, big and small, that impact our collective quality of life. We will specifically discuss issues around adolescents and reproductive health.

Event Details


SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 1331 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 

RSVP to Kimberley Wicker

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Be Proud! Be Responsible! Training of Facilitators

This training will introduce participants to a research proven curriculum – Be Proud! Be Responsible! Strategies to Empower Youth to Reduce Their Risk for HIV/AIDS – and will provide the skills necessary to implement the curriculum with youth. The curriculum consists of six, one-hour modules targeting adolescents of all socio-economic and racial backgrounds, ages 14-18 who attend high schools and youth-serving community based programs. Be Proud! Be Responsible! takes a comprehensive approach to adolescent SEX and HIV/STD education, including both information on abstinence and condoms. Throughout this two-day training, participants will learn how to become effective facilitators of the curriculum while learning tips for answering sensitive questions and how to identify potential barriers to implementing this evidence based program.


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

  1. Understand the objectives, content, activities, and unique features of the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum.
  2. Understand the theoretical foundation of the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum and how they are applied in program activities.
  3. Understand the teaching methodologies used in the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum.
  4. Learn basic information relating to HIV, STDs, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and adolescent sexual development.
  5. Demonstrate teaching condom use, problem solving, and negotiation skills.
  6. Identify personal values and the impact of those values on their ability to effectively teach about adolescent sexuality issues.
  7. Identify guidelines for answering sensitive questions regarding sexuality, HIV, STDs, and adolescent pregnancy prevention.
  8. Identify potential barriers to implementing the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum and describe strategies for overcoming those barriers.

Target Audience

Youth-serving providers and teachers selected to teach Be Proud! Be Responsible!


Meredith Talford, MPH, CHES

Event Details

Dates: December 13th-14th, 2018, 8:30am-4:00pm
Registration begins at 8:00 am and the training will start at 8:30 am each day.
Cost: $600 (this includes the cost of lunch each day and the provision of CEUs; discounts provided for individuals that work in SC and funded partners of the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy)
Location:  SCCTPTP training room, 1331 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201
Seating is limited.

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Let’s Talk Featuring Kwain Bryant - Jasper

Let's Talk Month 2018 Featuring Kwain Bryant

Who is Kwain Bryant?

An engaging and dynamic speaker, Kwain Bryant has over 15 years of experience related to empowering youth to reach their full potential. Kwain provides academic support and coaching to teens through Goodwill Industries, and as founder of Empowerment Exchange, Kwain provides consulting and training services to organizations across the nation.

Who’s Invited?

Parents, Community Leaders and Youth Serving Professionals

Why Should I Come?

Kwain will speak about the importance of parent-child communication in empowering teens to make smart decisions. If you work with young people, this inspirational event is for you!

Event Details

Ridgeland Hardeeville High School
250 Jaguar Trail
Ridgeland, SC

Cost: FREE Admission

For More Information: For morning information, contact Ericka Gordon, 843-489-8892, Ext. 2102

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NU-Culture curriculum Training of Facilitators

Nu-CULTURE (Cultivating Urban Leaders Through Unique Relationship Education) is a classroom-based relationship education program for grades 6-8. The curriculum helps students understand the risks associated with early sexual activity and develops skills necessary to make healthy decisions and avoid risky behaviors. It emphasizes increasing skills and self-efficacy in communication and refusal skills through age appropriate, medically accurate information about teen pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted infections, and other sexual health topics. The Nu-CULTURE curriculum consists of eight 50-minute sessions each in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, for a total of 24 sessions over the course of three years.


By the end of this training, Participants will:

  1. Understand the objectives, content, activities, and unique features of the Nu-CULTURE curriculum.
  2. Understand the theoretical foundations of the Nu-CULTURE Curriculum and how they are applied in program activities.
  3. Understand the teaching methodologies used in the Nu-CULTURE Curriculum.
  4. Apply teaching methodologies used in the Nu-CULTURE curriculum through Teach Back Sessions.
  5. Identify personal values and the impact of those values on their ability to effectively teach about adolescent sexuality issues.
  6. Identify guidelines for answering sensitive questions regarding sexuality, HIV, STDs, and adolescent pregnancy prevention.
  7. Identify potential barriers to implementing the Nu-CULTURE Curriculum and describe strategies for overcoming those barriers.

Event Details


November 29th-30, 2018 | 8:30am- 5:00pm (registration begins at 8:00am)


$600 (discounts are available for individuals that work in SC and funded partners of the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy) and this includes Lunch each day and general continuing education units (CEUs).


Aiken County Schools Operation Center
61 Given Street
Aiken, SC


Amanda Leeson and Denise Marcano

Seating is limited, so register soon!

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Different Perspectives: Orangeburg Focuses on Faith-Based Communities & Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

By: Lydia Royals, Public Relations Specialist

Counties like Orangeburg or Allendale might not be the biggest in our state, but they definitely are dedicated to serving their communities, even in the smallest of ways. One of our partners, Orangeburg-Calhoun-Allendale-Bamberg Community Action Agency Inc. (OCAB CAA, INC.), is committed to making an impact on their community by bringing people together and discussing teen pregnancy prevention.

The agency works with the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) to address teen pregnancy via a five-year project called Expanding the Reach. The federally funded project provides effective education programs to schools and community-based organizations and strives to increase access to teen-friendly reproductive health services.

One way that  OCAB CAA, INC.  is reaching community-based organization is by hosting Interfaith Brunches.

“We have always wanted to include the faith-based community in our work, but we know our pastors are busy. That’s why we decided to host something welcoming like a brunch,” Veronica Williams-Lingard, Prevention Program Director for OCAB CAA, INC. said. “We had about 50 people show up from  of all different denominations. If pastors couldn’t show up, they sent a youth minister or other representative. That’s when we knew we   had a captive audience that was interested, engaged and wanted to help.”

OCAB CAA, INC.  used the brunch as an opportunity to share the most current teen birth data and break down their county’s data specifically. Beyond that, the brunch fostered interest in local churches becoming Condom Access Points (CAP), a safe and trusted place for teens to access condoms.

“Contrary to what people might think, faith leaders are not afraid to have these conversations,” Williams-Lingard said. “They were happy about the declining birth rates, but definitely surprised about the STD rates. They wanted to know what more they could do for the community.”

One of these leaders, Bishop Hayes T. Gainey of Orangeburg Good Shepard Community Ministries, states that all communities should be realistic about how they can serve their youth.

“Although our scripture says one thing, to wait for marriage, we must be realistic about life. Anything the church can do to help—we must be willing,” Bishop Gainey said. “Once we heard about the pregnancy and STD rates we decided to become a CAP site. That way we could talk to teens as they pick up condoms and have honest dialogue about the risks of unprotected sex.”

Beyond becoming CAP sites, participants chose to start SPARK training so that they can effectively engage with teens. These trainings provide an overview of topics to help youth-serving organizations enhance the youth-centered services and communication.

“It is so beneficial for communities to bring together different perspectives, especially when it comes to impacting a cause like our youth,” Williams-Lingard said. “One agency can’t possibly have all the answers—that’s why it’s so key to have buy in from schools, churches, colleges, etc. We want to make sure our entire community is engaged and committed to staying youth -friendly.”

As Orangeburg continues to reach local youth, the Bishop urges people to stay involved.

“It is my hope that various organizations and communities will work together to continue this good work,” Bishop Gainey said. “We must work together to stay informed and educated about issues that impact our youth; if forums like these brunches can help us support just one teen, it was worth it.” 

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