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More work needed to prevent teen pregnancies

Many people do not know that May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention month.

It is important to take the time to recognize the issues we have in our own community. Working as a prevention educator in an after-school program setting, with at-risk youth, I am not surprised by the things I see on a daily basis.

However, recently some of the OVERSET FOLLOWS:fifth-graders in my program were discussing a peer at their school being pregnant. The thing that caught me by surprise was the fact that they were discussing this issue as though it was normal or with a “who cares” attitude. This is what sparked a flame inside of me. Our youth should be astonished and see this as reckless behavior instead of a norm amongst one another.

The number of teen pregnancies nationally and in our community has gone down. Last year alone in Allen County, 134 teens became mothers, which translate to 134 girls possibly not completing high school, 134 children raising children, 134 dreams lost.

Teenagers and parents should be held accountable for their actions. If we had “sex talks” from parents and better sex education in schools then maybe both statistics and rates would go down even further. Instead of using so many tax dollars to create programs for pregnant teens, maybe we could utilize that money for more teen pregnancy prevention programs in our own community.

— Dyesha Darby, Prevention Educator


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