A letter to health teachers from a gypped former student and adolescent*

*Adolescence historically spanned from 12 to 18 years of age, roughly corresponding to the time of pubertal onset to guardian independence. However, recent work has expanded the definition and timeframe of adolescence to include young adulthood, often up to about 25 years of age…which means I still have a few more days of adolescence and … Continue reading A letter to health teachers from a gypped former student and adolescent*

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Why this former teacher thinks we should be concerned about Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program cuts

Funding for the 84 TPP five-year grants has been reduced to three and will end in June 2018. North Carolina is home to 5 of these grantees and these TPP grants are one of NC's largest funding streams for teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention. The reasoning behind TPP budget cuts is that teen pregnancy is no longer an issue among American youth and families, and the proposed replacement is an abstinence-only education program that "supports an evidence-based approach defined as voluntarily retaining from non-marital sexual activity." I don't know what "evidence" this administration has cooked up, but teen pregnancy is still very much an issue for many Americans and countless research studies (and observational evidence in the form of teaching a 14-year-old father and graduating with countless other teen parents) have shown abstinence-only education programs to be ineffective at preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; whereas, evidence-based TPP programs have been shown to have a positive impact on preventing teen pregnancies, STIs, and sexual risk behaviors.

Like free food? Head to Waterbury, Vermont.

Home to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Keurig Green Mountain Coffee,  Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and the Cabot Farmers' Store, Waterbury, VT is the place to go for sample lovers! Located within 10 miles of each other, Waterbury is a 30-40 minute drive south of Burlington and the perfect morning or afternoon jaunt. For those of you unsure how you can supplement your meals for the day off of free or discount samples, this how-to route below will hopefully shed some light.

Engage and Advocate for TPP Programs and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

In the last two posts, I've attempted to address the question of what you or I could do/take in advocating for Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Programs and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Blog one spoke to awareness and tasked us to listen, read and research. The second post attempted to engage you to develop an … Continue reading Engage and Advocate for TPP Programs and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health