The Importance Of Teen Pregnancies In Caldwell County

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Worldwide, about 16 million teenagers from age 15 through 19 give birth each year, according to the “Adolescent Pregnancy” article by the World Health Organization. Caldwell County, being 28th in the state of North Carolina out of 100 counties for the number of teenage pregnancies as reported by “2013 Teen Pregnancies” on the website Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens, must find ways to aide the students in the county that have the monstrous responsibility of being the parent to a child. By looking at the world, country, and county statistics of teenage pregnancy, one might be able to infer that something must be done about the abstinence or aftermath of birth seeing that most school-age parents do not have the time or money it takes to …show more content…
In Caldwell County, North Carolina, there were 106 pregnancies from age 15-19 (“2013 Teen Pregnancies”). The rate of teen pregnancy rates from ages 18-19 was 85.5% (“2013 Teen Pregnancies”). According to the 2014 Caldwell County Community Health Assessment by Caldwell Memorial Hospital (page 24), in 2013 repeat teen pregnancy rates were higher in Caldwell County than in all of North Carolina. In align to the 2014 Caldwell County Community Health Assessment, only 20% of adults thing the county should provide more information to children about sexual …show more content…
In alignment with the 2014 Community Health Assessment ,“ Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” By supporting and empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, Communities In Schools (CIS) is improving graduation rates drastically. This program could potentially serve to help teen parents with their motivation to succeed and move forward with their lives. Amy Krum says that she had two female students go to the program “Homebound” due to pregnancy. This program allows students to complete coursework from home for a period of time recommended by a medical professional working the Homebound teacher and the school thus graduating. According to The Community Health Assessment, The Caldwell Council on Adolescent Health created a program in 2014 with the hopes to increase graduation rates among teen moms. Caldwell County has been working on creating more areas for students to “hang out” in a safe environment with responsible mentors. Not only Caldwell County is supporting teen parents, however. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research has created a program called the “Student Parent Success Initiative” whose main goal focuses on

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