ommunity organizations play an important role in supporting schools and families to make healthy decisions.
Steps You Can Take
- Support evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
- Identify youth in greatest need of prevention services.
- Promote youth development strategies that help teens avoid situations that can lead to risky behaviors.
- Sustain activities that help youth living in foster care and juvenile justice settings gain knowledge and skills needed to choose healthy behaviors.
- Help policy makers and other stakeholders understand how they can help reduce teen pregnancy.
Evidence-based programs are those shown by research to be effective in changing at least one of the following behaviors that contribute to early pregnancy, STD, and HIV infection: delaying sexual initiation, reducing the frequency of sexual intercourse, reducing the number of sexual partners, or increasing the use of condoms and other contraceptives. For more information on science-based programs, read the Science-Based Approaches Q&A from the Healthy Teen Network.