The Data and Facts
Children born to teen parents are far more likely to live in poverty as a result of the education and employment challenges faced by their young parent while teen pregnancy can derail aspirations and positive youth development. There is some good news though- from 2009-2012, based on Berkshire Health Systems and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission data from local hospitals, the Berkshire County teen birth rate declined 50% - thanks in part to the work this community is doing with the Face the Facts - reduce teen pregnancy coalition.
Face the Facts-reduce teen pregnancy -- including Berkshire United Way and representatives from business, education, health care and local social service agencies -- knows there is still more to do! The goal of the coalition is: By 2020, reduce teen births by 50% among Berkshire County 15-19 year-olds. It will do this by focusing on access to reproductive healthcare, sex education, public awareness and building youth aspirations.
Parents - looking to get engaged in trainings about how to talk to your kids about sex? Check out the "Let's Be Honest" workshop schedule here.
Reproductive Healthcare Information:
You've probably heard our Public Service Announcements on the radio regarding reproductive healthcare and long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC). Be sure to check out the Tapestry Healthcare website for more information.
Our Community Awareness Campaign:
Want to be part of the Initiative? Contact Karen Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for youth leaders, parents to engage their peers, educators and the community to get engaged - there is a place for you to help support this important work. If you're looking for data, specifics or brochures, please contact us, we have a ton of more information available. Call (413) 442-6948.
Coalition Meeting dates:
- April 7
- June 16
Meetings are held at the Family Resource Center at 480 West Street in Pittsfield from 3:15 - 4:30 PM.
"Let's Talk About Sex" Community Conversation:
Bedsider's campaign that targets boys and men that Face the facts - reduce teen pregnancy is planning on implementing.If you're not familiar with Bedsider, be sure to check them out here for GREAT resources.
There are a ton more videos from Bedsider - check them out at their website.
*Special thanks to BookMarc Creative for creating our Communications campaign with us.
Women's Fund of Western MA is a generous funder of the Face the Facts coalition.