Unplanned teen pregnancies affect all communities.

So what's the big deal?

Teen pregnancy is connected to a number of other issues that matter to communities: poverty, dropout rates and low graduation rates, increased reliance on social services, lower attainment of higher education, reduced military/deployment readiness, reduced lifelong earning potential, child abuse and domestic violence, and more.

the cost of teen pregnancy

Communities cannot afford to wast more time on ineffective efforts.  In all, teen pregnancy costs North Carolina taxpayers more than $325 million each year. Locally speaking, in costs associated with teen pregnancy, Cumberland County taxpayers pay $15.6 million annually.

What you can do

Our vision is that every young person has the effective sex education, access to health care, and family and community support they need to lead a sexually healthy life. Whether you take steps to have conversations with youth about sexual health or encouraging a local youth-serving organization to get involved - you can play a major role in a young person's ability to access critical information and services. 

Here are three key things to support in your community and across the state: 

  1. Sex education: Ensuring that schools and communities are equipped to provide effective, age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education that is comprehensive and follows public health best practices.  
  2. Access to sexual and reproductive health care: Making sure that young people have access to adolescent-friendly reproductive health services, including birth control, and ensuring that North Carolina's confidentiality and minor's consent laws align with public health and medical recommendations. 
  3. Strengthening support programs for high-risk youth: Protecting North Carolina's state-funded Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program and Adolescent Parenting Program, which reduce unplanned pregnancies in vulnerable groups of youth.