THE NEED According to the Department of Health & Human Services, the 2017 teen birth rate in the U.S. was almost 19 per 1,000 young women ages 15–19 – a much higher rate than other industrialized nations. Additionally, young people ages 15–24 account for nearly 50% of all new cases of sexually transmitted diseases.
Lifeline’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention program is an evidence-based program for youth aged 15-19 designed to reduce incidents of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, a countywide program funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health, focuses on facilitating Free comprehensive sexual health education in the North Coastal region of San Diego in compliance with the California Healthy Youth Act (Ed. Code §§ 51930‐51939).
Teen Pregnancy Prevention educates and empowers teens to make healthy relationship choices, resist peer pressure, and avoid behaviors that may result in unwanted pregnancies. We facilitate lessons on STIs/HIV, contraceptives and other medically accurate terminology, but we are also focusing on topics such as Setting Goals and Healthy Decision Making, Consent and Boundaries, Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence, Human Trafficking, and Abstinence.
Program is delivered through different groups and workshop at the schools, in the community, and at one of our NCL locations.
Who We Help
Lifeline’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention program serves youth aged 15-19 in the North Coastal region.
When students were asked about what they liked about this group at their school, these were some of the responses:
“I liked getting educated on important factors about my health for the future”
“The teachers were friendly and provided a safe atmosphere & the class was fun and easy to understand.”
Last year the Teen Pregnancy Program served 119 youth
How You Can Help
Volunteers during the summer are needed to put together supplies for groups being facilitated at the schools. Donations of basic household items (toilet paper, detergent, towels/linens, etc.) and gift cards to local restaurants would help support the families and youth in this program.