Fact Forward Hits the Road to Highlight Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and 25 Years of Service

April 11 2019 - Columbia, S.C.: May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and in South Carolina, there is much to celebrate. The teen birth rate in South Carolina has fallen by 70% since the early 1990s.

However, focus must remain on effective strategies to address the issue as the state still has the 15th highest teen birth rate in the nation and adolescent STD/HIV rates continue to increase.

During May, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign) calls special attention to the issue of teen pregnancy in South Carolina by sponsoring awareness activities, including community lunch and learns, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising events.

“During TPP Month, we have an opportunity to highlight progress and support our community partners across the state,” said Beth De Santis, CEO of the SC Campaign. “Hitting the road each year ensures that our partners have resources necessary to address the issueThe agency is also 25 years old in May and we are celebrating our ongoing commitment to keeping young people healthy. We are excited about the state’s progress over the past 25 years but we also understand the importance of looking forward to reach our most vulnerable adolescents.”

Several highlights for May include:

May 1 - Legislative Recognition Day: Join the SC Campaign at the statehouse where the SC House of Representatives and the SC Senate will recognize staff, supporters and partners, declaring May Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in South Carolina.

May 1 - Wine and Oyster Night at Pearlz:  Join the SC Campaign at Pearlz Oyster Bar, Columbia (upstairs) to help us kick off Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Supporters will have the opportunity to invest in the work of the SC Campaign. 

May 4 - Road Show Kick Off: From May 4 through May 30, the SC Campaign will sponsor events across South Carolina, including communities and programs in Bamberg, Barnwell, Charleston, Chesterfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Hampton, Orangeburg and Richland counties to raise awareness about teen pregnancy prevention.