Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund Awards $1,800 to Three Nonprofit Organizations
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Endowment Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Washington County MD recently presented its third year of grants. Three nonprofit organizations received money to support programs and education addressing teen pregnancy and unsafe sexual practices in teens. The nonprofits included Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, Community Free Clinic and Together with Families/Washington County Family Center.
Boys and Girls Club of Washington County received a $600 grant for SMART Girls, a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8-17 to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles. Programs include field trips, workshops, speakers and team building activities.
The Community Free Clinic will use their $600 grant for SWAG (Services We All Get), which focuses on addressing the high-risk behaviors of Washington County teens. This free program includes education and outreach, birth control, pregnancy testing, STD testing and treatment, emergency contraception and a safe space in a strictly confidential, non-judgmental atmosphere.
The grant of $600 for Together with Families/Washington County Family Center will go towards their Teen Parent Panel that 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.