North Carolina Youth Connected
NC Youth Connected launched in fall 2015 and is an initiative to build community-wide teen pregnancy prevention initiatives to communities in North Carolina. Funded by the federal Office of Adolescent Health through their Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs, NC Youth Connected will serve youth in Cumberland County over a five-year period with the ultimate goal of driving down teen pregnancy rates.
NC Youth Connected will launch multi-pronged, community-wide initiatives to address teen pregnancy. In partnership with a community leadership team, this initiative will help lead efforts to mobilize the community, implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, and link youth to supportive health care environments.
The initiative is designed to replicate Gaston Youth Connected Initiative, which piloted these strategies with funding from the Office of Adolescent Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2010 through September 2015. Gaston Youth Connected led to a nearly 40% decrease in Gaston County's teen pregnancy rate in the first three years of the project.
NC Youth Connected is designed to cut teen pregnancy rates in half in Cumberland County by the year 2020. As we near the end of our second year, we've identified many of the big known unknowns – who gets pregnant, are those pregnancies planned and prepared for, what do teens need, and what do parents want and need? Moving forward, local community organizations and partners will examine evidence-based approaches, and decide what will suit each county and will help keep young people healthy.
Our Community Coordinators are here to help answer your questions, provide support, and help you get involved. Contact us today!