Let's Talk Month
Every October, Fact Forward participates in Let’s Talk Month, a public awareness campaign that encourages open communication between young people and their parents or other trusted adults.
Reproductive Health Awareness Month
Each May, during Reproductive Health Awareness Month (formerly Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month), Fact Forward joins organizations across the country to raise awareness about the need for comprehensive sexual health education.
Not Right Now
The NOT RIGHT NOW campaign urges teens to think about the consequences before they have sex, make a plan for sexual health, and speak up for themselves. NOT RIGHT NOW can mean many different things: “I don’t want to have sex now,” or “Not tonight; we don’t have protection.” It can also mean, “I don’t want to have another child right now,” for teen parents who want to avoid getting pregnant again.
In 2017, we distributed $1,464,155 to 51 community organizations in 16 counties across South Carolina.
Learn more about our current initiatives and major projects. We work with government entities and nonprofits to maximize results, putting funding where it's most needed in South Carolina.
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- Office of Adolescent Health Pregnancy Assistance Fund | Funded through June 2020
In partnership with the Children’s Trust of South Carolina, this program focuses on providing resources for four counties: Darlington, Horry, Richland and Spartanburg to work directly with expectant and parenting teens. Fact Forward manages the sub-recipient selection process and coordinates technical assistance in partnership with the Children’s Trust, SC Center for Fathers and Families, SC Thrive, and the University of South Carolina’s SC Rural Health Research Center. NotRighNowSC.org is a significant communication resource for teens in these communities.
- Office of Adolescent Health (Tier 1A) | Funded through June 2020
Fact Forward is partnering with 16 local DJJ and DSS sites to build their capacity to implement and evaluate evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. Based on current caseloads, over 3,380 high need youth, ages 13 – 19, will be reached. NotRigtNowSC.org is used as part of the parent-child communication efforts.
- Office of Adolescent Health (Tier 1B) | Funded through June 2020
Fact Forward is partnering with local coordinating agencies in Aiken, Anderson, and Orangeburg counties to take teen pregnancy prevention programs to scale in three settings in each county. The estimated reach is 6,000 youth annually during years 2–5. Communication efforts will include increasing awareness of the issue and generating support for the program among adults and youth. Fact Forward has also been included in Mary Black Foundation’s (Spartanburg County) funded Tier 1B project as a technical assistance/capacity building partner.
- Family and Youth Services Bureau — Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP) | Funded through September 2020
In partnership with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), this program focuses on increasing the number of youth ages 11-19 that access an evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention program, including adult preparation topics, through the distribution of grants to local communities.
- South Carolina Department of Social Services | Funded annually October – September
This funding supports education, training, technical assistance and public awareness activities throughout South Carolina and funds partners in local communities to implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention interventions to youth between the ages of 11 and 19. It also supports the annual Summer Institute that brings together youth-serving professionals from across the country for two days of learning the latest information about teen pregnancy prevention programs and approaches.
- New Morning Foundation | Funded annually January - December through 2020
This grant supports the Choose Well initiative to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in South Carolina. These funds are used to implement the Collaborative for Reproductive Education and Wellness (CREW), the Contraceptive Leadership Summit, and to work on college campuses to increase access to reproductive health services for students.
- BlueCross BlueShield Foundation of South Carolina | Funded annually January - December through 2020
This grant supports communication efforts, the Summer Institute, and improving access to quality reproductive health services for teens in Federally Qualified Health Centers and DHEC health centers located in high need counties. In 2016, 11 health centers will participate in the South Carolina Adolescent Reproductive Health Leadership Summit, a 9-month learning collaborative to support the implementation of policies and practices that improve health care services for teens.
- The Duke Endowment | Funded through December 2018
These resources are used to support four primary objectives: 1): supporting community mobilization efforts in Darlington County and implementing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs in schools, health centers and in the community and increasing access to reproductive health services for Darlington County teens; 2) increasing the capacity of existing partnering health centers to integrate teen-friendly reproductive health best practices into their organization’s standard operating procedures and policies; 3) increasing outreach and community mobilization efforts involving communications strategies and provide dedicated time for the CEO to increase engagement with potential partners and funders; and 4) creating a learning culture within the organization utilizing research and evaluation activities to ensure the agency continues as an innovative thought leader resulting in the creation of best practices for the field.
- Palmetto Health | Funded annually October – September
This grant provides resources for Fact Forward to work with clinics, schools, community based organizations and other youth serving professionals in Fairfield, Lexington and Richland Counties to increase their knowledge and skills in providing teen pregnancy prevention programs to youth. Funds also support scholarships and reception at Summer Institute.
- The Graham Foundation | Funding is June 2018-May 2019
This grant supports capacity building assistance to two community based organizations in Greenville County, Momentum Bike Club and the Serenity Place, to implement evidence informed teen pregnancy prevention programs with teens and young adults.
- National Coalition of STD Directors | August 2018 – December 2018
This grant supports collaboration with DHEC’s STD/HIV Division to provide training to the Division’s Disease Intervention Specialists to increase their knowledge and skills to support adolescents’ healthy decision-making. It also includes communication strategies to create awareness about STDs and DHEC services in 2-3 counties with high STD rates.