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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

Wilma Beck

Wilma joined SC Campaign in March 2018 after serving in the position of Grant Accountant. In this role, she directed strategies that met grant requirements, tracked grant expenses compared to the budget, and forecasted grant dollars through the end of the grant period. Throughout Wilma’s career, she has worked in all aspects of accounting by serving positions in cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, Earned Value Analysis (EVA), month end close, annual audits, governmental audits and workers comp audits as well as producing financials.

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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

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

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 or Shannon Lindsay at

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Learn It, Live It, Lead It: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

Whether we realize it or not, almost all of us are leaders in some way because leadership, in its most basic form, is simply the ability to influence people. By looking closely at five of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth outlined in the book by John C. Maxwell, participants will understand why we must work at growing as leaders and help others to do the same. The training will also provide concrete strategies for application of the laws.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Name at least 3 signs of intentional growth.
  2. Assess whether or not their current environment supports growth.
  3. Develop at least one SMART goal to stretch themselves as leaders.

Trainer: Dana Powell, M.Ed.

Cost: $200*

*Fee waived for funded partners. Contact Shannon Lindsay at for registration code.

SC Campaign Office
1331 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 140
Columbia, SC 29201


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LGBTQ Inclusivity: Be Aware and Care

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has identified the lack of culturally competent health and social service providers as a significant barrier to quality care for many LGBTQ people. This training is designed to provide staff and volunteers with the knowledge that they will need to create inclusive environments for gender and sexual minority clients. This workshop will equip participants with an understanding of LGBTQ terminology, the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, dispelling myths and stereotypes, risk factors and protective factors specific to the LGBTQ community, barriers in accessing services, and tools and strategies that agencies can use to improve access to services.

At the completion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  1. Define common terms of reference in the LGBTQ community
  2. Describe the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation
  3. Explain the risks and barriers faced by LGBTQ individuals and the impact on health disparities
  4. Assess their agencies inclusive practices and create at least 2 proactive steps to be more inclusive (this is an optional objective if we are going to conduct an assessment during training)

Trainer: Melissa Moore, Executive Director, We Are Family

Cost: $200 (discounts available for funded partners)

Fatherhood Project
1380 Ebenezer Road, Suite A
Rock Hill, SC 29730


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Pearlz Wine and Oyster Night

Join the SC Campaign for food and drinks at our 7th annual "Wine and Oyster Night" in recognition of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Invite your friends! This FREE event does not require an RSVP, but you can let us know you're coming on Facebook. For more information or to become a host or sponsor, contact Carol Singletary at 803-771-7700 or

Pearlz Oyster Bar
936 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Hors d'oeuvres included

FREE parking at Gervais & Assembly Lot, next to Ellen Interiors + Design. Print a parking pass.

Thank you to our sponsors and hosts!

Pearlz Wine and Oyster Bar
Southern Valet
Absolute Total Care

Alvin and LaGuadia Caughman
Amy Mattison
Ann Warner
Avis Wright
Barry and Gwen Oliver
Barry and Terri Kelly
Beth De Santis and Stephanie Isaacs
Bob Hallman and Lyn Phillips
Brittany Wearing
Carol Singletary
Carol's Art Group
Charles and Jen Kahn
Charles Weathers and Anita Garrett
Charlotte Galloway
Clifford and Rachel Bourke
Darnell and Joseph McPherson
Darrin and Kela Thomas
Denise Rivera
Doug and Claire Taylor
Erin Johnson and Shawn Skillman
Ernest and Michelle Nimmons
Forrest Alton and Heather Brandt
Francis and Francine De Santis
Gwen Baker
H. Ronald and Rita Stanley
Henry and Tricia Motes
Inez Benjamin
Jamie and Tameika Isaac Devine
Judy Ison
Kelsea Casto
Kemi Ogunji
Lewis Hicks
Lorie and Tim Gardner
M. L. Kohn
Marcus and Schrendria Robinson
Martha and Murray Smith
Mary Winter Teaster
Mason Hardy
Matthew and Kimberley Wicker
Meredith Talford
Nancy Kohn
Nell Fuller
Pat and Jerome Noble
Philippe Herdon and Jennifer Duffy
Rena Dixon and Markos Young
Sharon Scott
Shirley McClerklin-Motley
Stacey McPhail
T. McRoy Shelley
Tameka Bell
Terry Alexander
Tom and Kay Foster
Tommie Wingate
Trey and Kimberly Butler Willis
Wilbur and Janice Cave
Wilma Beck

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Midlands Gives 2018

The SC Campaign is excited to participate in Midlands Gives 2018! Midlands Gives, a 24-hour online giving campaign led by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. This event encourages our community GIVE BACK by donating to local nonprofits on one day—Tuesday, May 1, 2018. 

Donate to the SC Campaign on Tuesday, May 1 or schedule your Midlands Gives donation as early as Tuesday, April 17! Simply click "donate now" on the SC Campaign Midlands Gives page.


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Summer Institute 2018

We're hosting our 19th annual teen pregnancy prevention conference at the Marriott downtown Columbia, SC. Summer Institute is one of the top teen pregnancy prevention conferences in the nation. Each year, nearly 300 professionals gather to learn new information, network, share ideas, and discuss successes and challenges. Our 2018 event will be packed with innovative sessions, interactive presentations, and engaging speakers. Attendees will be eligible for continuing education units (CEUs).

Register by March 30, 2018 and save 15%!

Registration Rates

  • General = $350
  • Presenter = $150
  • Student = $100