During National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month this May, the nation celebrates the progress made in teen pregnancy prevention. NC Youth Connected is committed to engaging youth, families, and communities in implementing evidence-based programs and developing new and innovative approaches to continue the nation’s historic progress in preventing teen pregnancy and ensuring that youth are healthy and thriving.
Teen birth rates have declined dramatically over the past two plus decades and are at historic lows. In recognition of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) in May, we reflect on the progress the nation has made and the challenges that remain.
- Since peaking in 1991, the U.S. teen birth rate has declined 64% and rates are down in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups.
- Since the inception of the OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program in 2010, teen birth rates across North Carolina have declined 35%.
- Despite historic progress, significant disparities remain.
- Teen birth rates are almost twice as high among Hispanic and non-Hispanic black teens as among non-Hispanic white teens.
- Teen birth rates remain about one-third higher in rural areas than in urban areas.
- Rates remain disproportionately high among vulnerable youth, including youth living in out-of-home care, LGBTQ youth, and parenting teens.
Too many teens still think, “It can’t happen to me.” The resources we provide during the month of May (and beyond) help teens understand that they can control their futures and avoid risky behavior. We want teens to understand that they have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to become pregnant and that they need to think seriously about what they would do in a stressful moment of peer pressure.
When teen pregnancy rates go down, opportunities go up. Join us this May to support National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month!