RALEIGH, N.C. – SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens) believes teen pregnancy is a complex issue, and is best addressed using a coordinated, multi-pronged approach. SHIFT NC works with local communities and organizations to find effective ways to address teen pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted infections, and other sexual health issues.
When it comes to "the talk," Onslow county parents want more support to address teen pregnancy prevention.
Six teenagers get pregnant each week in Onslow County — a number that rivals all but the most populous counties in North Carolina. These pregnancies — most of which are unintended and unprepared for — are deeply woven into many other issues that matter to local residents: poverty, child abuse, domestic violence and dropout rates.
Pregnancy prevention among teenagers begins with planning. At the Community Kick-Off event for NC Youth Connected, a new initiative that aims to bring community-wide teen pregnancy prevention strategies to Onslow and Cumberland counties, it was announced that the first step in the five-year strategy is a year of planning.