Focus on: Teen Pregnancy

Become Part of the Solution

Grantee Spotlight:  My Aunt's House

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Focus on:  Teen Pregnancy

 

THE WOMEN'S FUND RECENTLY RELEASED the latest issue brief in our “Through a Gender Lens” series entitled Teen Pregnancy and Parenting: Community Concern, Community Solutions. The brief highlights the need for community engagement to address the serious problem of teen pregnancy in Forsyth County and encourages members of the community to take action.

Although Forsyth County experienced a 20% decrease in the number of teen pregnancies from 2009 to 2010, we still have more than 600 teen girls who become pregnant each year. In 2011, only 48% of teen mothers in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system graduated with their class. The issue is not simply the concern of pregnant and parenting teens alone, it affects us all. According to information from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, teen childbearing cost Forsyth County tax payers more than $15 million in 2008.

In an effort to curb teen pregnancy, The Women’s Fund has announced the Teen Pregnancy Mini-Grant Program. Mini-grants range in size from $250 to $2500 and will be awarded to organizations that are working specifically to address teen pregnancy prevention. Eighteen grant applications were submitted in mid-March and awards will be announced in early May.

Click here to read the issue brief.


Become Part of the Solution

IF YOU ARE ASKING YOURSELF how you can get involved and support The Fund’s teen pregnancy initiative, here are several simple and easily executed ideas to become part of the solution:

Hold your own Community Conversation about teen pregnancy. The Women's Fund is encouraging people to organize their own community conversations about teen pregnancy. The community conversations are designed to help people talk with their family and friends about the issues and topics raised our issue brief – Teen Pregnancy and Parenting: Community Concern, Community Solutions. The goal is simply to raise awareness about this issue and encourage more people to become engaged as part of the solution in whatever way or ways feels comfortable to them. Everything you need to know about holding a community conversation can be found in the Teen Pregnancy Community Conversation Guide.

Share the issue brief with your circle of friends and associates. If you don’t want to hold a community conversation, simply take a copy of the brief to your next book club meeting. Forward the link to friends in the medical or education communities. Take it with you to your next OB/GYN appointment or your childs pediatric appointment. Spread the word and encourage others to get involved.

Talk to your kids honestly about the issue. By sharing accurate information, as well as values and beliefs about sexuality, you can help foster self-confidence, good decision-making and a healthy future. Learn more by visiting the parents section in our Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center.

Help distribute a survey to teens.  Do you work with teens?  Then the Forsyth Adolescent Health Coalition needs your help conducting an anonymous survey of our community's youth.  The focus of the survey is to obtain information concerning their current knowledge of community education & resources that focus on teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention; their suggestions for teen programs; where they currently obtain sexual health information and where they’d like to go for education and/or resources. In addition, there are specific questions for pregnant and/or parenting teens to see what they know about community resources that are available to them as well. The teens will complete the questionnaire individually, voluntarily, and anonymously. No identifying information will be obtained.  If you can help distribute this survey to teens that you work with in any capacity, please contact Rolanda Coleman at the Health Department to get a package of surveys and instructions.  Email Rolanda at colemarp@forsyth.cc or call at (336) 703-3269.


Grantee Spotlight:  My Aunt's House
 
 

CAMISHA AND MARCIA have two very distinct stories, but the young ladies are also alike in many ways. Both are tenacious and resilient. Each has been pregnant and homeless in her teen years. And both have found stablity and support for themselves and their toddlers through a residential program called My Aunt's House.

Since its creation three years ago, My Aunt’s House has provided empowerment to 38 other teens and paved the way to success for mothers and babies. In 2010, The Women’s Fund awarded The Children’s Home a grant of $14,850 to provide classes and counseling on life skills to teens in the program. For Camisha and Marcia, such services have been invaluable.

Read the full grantee spotlight story on our website to see what a difference The Women's Fund grant is making in the lives of young women like Camisha and Marcia.

Click here to read the full story


Women's History Month

MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH and this year’s theme, “Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment,” is one that resonates with the mission of the Women’s Fund. While trends in education are promising, there are still areas that could be enhanced to further empower women and girls. According to the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Science Foundation:

Women’s gains in educational attainment have significantly outpaced those of men over the last 40 years. Today, younger women are more likely to graduate from college than are men and are more likely to hold a graduate school degree. Higher percentages of women than men have at least a high school education, and higher percentages of women than men participate in adult education. Educational gains among women relative to men can be seen across racial and ethnic groups and this trend is also present in other developed countries. Despite these gains in graduation rates, differences remain in the relative performance of female and male students at younger ages, with girls scoring higher than boys on reading assessments and lower on math assessments. These differences can be seen in the fields that women pursue in college. Female students are less well represented than men in science and technology-related fields, which typically lead to higher paying occupations.

Click here to learn more about Women’s History Month


Honor Thy Mom! 

SPRINGTIME MEANS MOTHER'S DAY is around the corner. Don’t wait to honor the women who have most inspired and influenced your commitment to service and purpose. Make a gift to The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem in honor or in memory of your mom, mentor, sister, or friend.

Tribute gifts to the Women’s Fund help to improve the lives of women and children in Forsyth County. Recently our grants have provided enrichment activities and support services for at-risk girls and young women, helped childcare professionals pursue higher degrees in early childhood education, and helped provide professional attire and mentoring for disadvantaged women who wish to obtain and maintain employment.

Your honoree will receive a special card from The Women’s Fund letting her know that a tribute gift has been made in her honor. With a gift of $50 or more, you and your honoree will both be recognized in the program at the annual Women’s Fund Anniversary Luncheon in early November.

To ensure that your honoree receives her card before Mother’s Day, your gift must be received at The Women’s Fund no later than May 1.

Click here to make a secure online gift in honor or in memory of someone

 
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