New Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund Awards $1,500 to Three Nonprofit Organizations
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Endowment Fund, a component fund of the Foundation, presented its inaugural grants to three nonprofit organizations to support programs and education addressing teen pregnancy and unsafe sexual practices in teens. The nonprofits included Together with Families/Washington County Family Center, Community Free Clinic and Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.
Together with Families/Washington County Family Center’s Teen Parent Panel educates teens and adolescents about the rights, responsibilities and realities of teen parenting, as well as delaying or reducing sexual activity. The Teen Parent Panel consists of young parents who have volunteered to share their message of the difficulties and challenges they face as a teen parent. They also discuss the importance of making smart decisions regarding contraception.
The Community Free Clinic will use their grant for SWAG -Services We All Get, a pregnancy prevention program addressing the high risk behaviors of Washington County teens ages 13-19. This free program includes education and outreach, birth control, pregnancy testing, STD (STI) testing and treatment, emergency contraception and LGBT safe space in a strictly confidential, non-judgmental atmosphere.
Boys and Girls Club of Washington County’s grant for SMART Girls offers girls’ ages 8-17 guidance on healthy attitudes and lifestyles through group activities, field trips, mentoring and college visits. Specific topics discussed include how the media influences attitudes about females, sexual harassment, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual myths and truths and the physical and emotional changes experienced in girls at this age.