Posted by Ryan Morgan on January 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM
Tell Them‘s January social media campaign asks organizations, programs, and businesses in South Carolina, “What are you doing in 2014 to encourage healthier youth in SC?”
By: Kylee Perez, Communications Coordinator for the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
School. Jobs. Boyfriends and girlfriends. Hanging out. Homework. Clubs and sports. Ask any teen and they’ll tell you they’re juggling a lot. We don’t want learning about sexual health to be just another chore. We want it to be something young people want to do.
That’s why in 2014 the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
is taking a whole new approach to helping our young people make good decisions about their sexual health. We’re launching a new website
that offers resources and educates them on their rights and responsibilities. We’re meeting them where they are, whether they’ve made the decision to be abstinent or they’re sexually active and need to know how to protect themselves. We’re also asking young people to lend us their voices through blogs, photographs, and other creative work for the site. That means it’ll be more than just a static resource, it’ll be a living, breathing community.
It’s not just the young people we’re reaching out to. We know parents are the best educators for their children. That’s why we’re challenging them and other adults to educate themselves and open an ongoing dialogue with the young people in their lives.
This time next year we want more young people to know how to stay abstinent or how to access and use condoms and contraception. Because there’s a good time to have a baby, but it’s not right now.
We’re launching our website redesign in the spring, so don’t forget to check back for the new notrightnowsc.org.
Kylee Perez is a communications coordinator for the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and manages the organization’s Not Right Now, Put Pregnancy on Pause initiative.