"Real Talk" with Teens About Sexual Health & more...
Cumberland County's Teen Wellness Task Force paved the way for NC Youth Connected, and has a long history in the county of incorporating evidence-based strategies in program implementation, clinic improvement, and linking youth to healthcare services across the county.
The Teen Wellness Task Force was developed in 2013 to address the high rate of teen pregnancy in Cumberland County. Community leaders and key stakeholders, including Cumberland County Schools, Cumberland County Department of Public Health, Cape Fear Valley Health System, Alliance Behavioral Health, Cumberland County Partnership for Children, and others came together to coordinate efforts to address this issue.
As a result of the collaborative efforts, an annual event, “Real Talk” is conducted at one of the local high schools. The Real Talk event strives to inform, educate, and empower community members, teens and adults, about the issue of teen pregnancy prevention. At the most recent 2016 event, information about teen pregnancy statistics was provided and Pine Forest, South View, and E.E. Smith High Schools Teen Peer Education Program (PEP) groups presented skits. In addition, each year, 30-40 exhibitors share information to teens and their parents about their services and opportunities.
Real Talk 2017
- Tuesday, May 9, 2017
- Location: 71st High School
See Fayetteville Observer's Teen Pregnancy Touches Everyone story published May 7, 2016, for event coverage.