It's Not too Late to Take Action!

Since the federal, evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) was established in 2010, the teen birth rate in the U.S. has declined 29%, a drop about twice as large as the decline in any other four-year period. Despite this progress and despite overwhelming public support for the TPPP, some in Congress want to eliminate the program altogether .
 
The TPPP is  set to fund 81 organizations in 38 states that will serve more than 290,000 youth each year and more than 1.2 million youth over a five-year grant period. In Texas alone, the TPPP will fund 7 organizations to the tune of $8.6 million in year one. If some in Congress have their way, funding for years two through five of the program will be eliminated entirely.  If you are like the majority of Americans who support the TPPP, here are some things you can do  to express your support to your elected representatives. 

Be in the Know: 2016 Symposium 

Though the Texas Campaign's 2016 Symposium is eight months away, we are working hard behind the scenes to bring you the most exciting event yet. Be on the lookout for the Call for Papers, which opens on Tuesday, Sept 1, 2015. Sponsorship   opportunities will be announced soon after with registration opening in Jan. 2016. We will update event details each month in this newsletter and also on our website, www.txcampaign.org, so be sure and visit often! Questions? Contact Melanie Chasteen at melanie@txcampaign.org.    

Kids Count Report Shows Continued Decline in Texas Teen Birth Rate 

In its recently released Kids Count report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Texas 41st out of 50 states (9th worst) in terms of child well being.  This is a very slight improvement from Texas' rank in recent years (43rd in 2014 and 42nd in 2013). The report measures factors including economic well-being, health, education, family and community.   Of particular interest is the decline in the number of 15-19 year old teen births for the state of Texas - from 40 per 1,000 in 2008 to 26 per 1,000 in 2013. Though teen pregnancy is just one measurable factor of child well-being, we know that reducing births to adolescents can help strengthen families, improve overall child well-being and assist young people in achieving their goals, all of which reduce the likelihood that the cycle of teen pregnancy, economic hardship, and poverty will continue. 
 

Good Things from Across Texas: Alley's House

Alley's House was formed in February 1997 on the heels of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 to provide comprehensive services to teen mothers. For the first eight years, the organization was completely volunteer-based with programs offered in a local church in Dallas, Texas. Eventually, the organization expanded and now provides counseling, innovative learning, and workforce readiness with the support of four staff members, three counseling interns, and countless volunteers . Alley's House empowers teen mothers to overcome obstacles and become thriving young women.
 

Families Talking Together Webinar

Developed specifically for Latino families,  Families Talking Together  (FTT) is a program that works with parents to address early sexual activity and encourages parents to communicate with their 10-14 year-old children about delaying sex, healthy relationships, and condom use. During the webinar, evaluation data from a pilot project that used community health workers/ promotores de salud   to deliver the program will be discussed. Join the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy on Thursday, August 27, 2015, from 12:30-1:30 pm CST for this  webinar  to learn more about the FTT program, lessons learned for  promotor  delivery of FTT, and how to bring FTT to your community. 

THE TEXAS CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT TEEN PREGNANCY
1706 INTERVAIL DRIVE
AUSTIN, TEXAS 78746
512.387.0380

Mission: 

To improve the quality of life for children, families, and communities across Texas by preventing unintended teen pregnancies