Last Updated November 15, 1996
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Every year, more than one million American teenage girls (or one in nine) becomes pregnant. Half of these young women give birth. The majority do not marry.
Experts agree that teen age pregnancy in the United States has reached "calamity proportions." There are a number of organizations that have resources to help you make a difference with this social problem. We offer a small listing that reflects the diversity of the nonprofit world and invite you to Make a Difference.
Do you know an organization or service that should be listed here? Please let us know and we will add it to the list.
- Harbor House and Elizabeth Pregnancy Services is a unique ministry in Ohio which has brought 124 lives into the world. Their mission is "to promote the sanctity of human life and to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of young women experiencing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy in a family-centered residential setting built on and established in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and adhering to His Holy Word."
- Initiatives to Prevent Adolescent Pregnancies, by the National Women's Resource Center, "provides information on current state, community, foundation, coalition, and private sector initiatives that are seeking to reduce teenage pregnancy. Most of the programs utilize a multidimensional approach and focus on building self-esteem and decision making skills in young men and young women." Also provides listings of programs by state.
- The Role of A Pregnancy Prevention Outreach Initiative in Welfare Reform examines statistics like: 82 percent of all teen pregnancies are unintended; nearly half of teen mothers are on welfare within five years; and almost 80 percent of the children of those teens who have had a child out-of wedlock before high school graduation live in poverty. This report by the Family Planning Councils of America then goes on to provide analysis and possible solutions.
- CSN Service Corp- The Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors age 60 and older opportunities to serve as mentors, tutors, and caregivers for children and youth with special needs. They serve in community organizations such as schools, hospitals, and youth centers.
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