Indicator 3.3: # of births to teen parents
Story Behind the Curve
What are the positive factors that are contributing to you reaching your desired result?
- Hope Center: work with parenting teens, provide pregnancy resources at no cost
- New Life: connection with pregnant teens through guidance counselor
- Sex education in schools: Abstinence based
What are the negative factors that are restricting you from reaching your desired result?
- COVID-19: Limited/Lack of Contact, limited to no access to sex education in school districts
- Access to free birth control: families have trouble finding condoms or other birth control solutions at an affordable rate
- Abstinence Only Classes: Sex education in schools limited to abstinence without other forms of birth control
What populations are the most disadvantaged and what causes these disparities?
- Unsupervised teens: (Parents working, single-parent households, etc.)
- Poverty/Low-Income: limited resources, generational poverty
- Rural population: far away from resources and education on sex
Are there foreseeable factors that will affect your work over the next few months to a year?
- Continued time away from school (Quarantine Babies)
- Social media: access to sexual content at earlier ages
What additional research is needed to better understand the factors that influence the slope of the curve and related disparities?
- The outcome/study of having mentors in schools who were teen parents
- What is the effectiveness of abstinence based education versus safe sex education?
- Giving educators access to Date Rape and Intimate Partner Violence training and education
Who are the partners who can help you reach your desired outcome? List partners and their roles.
- Growing Together Program, The New Life Program, The Hope Center
- School districts, educators, teachers
- Collaboration with medical professionsals, WIC/PEDIA
- Salvation Army, Compassion Corsicana: access to a large number of clients
- Churches: Teaching youth sex education, effects on mental, spiritual, emotional health. Teaching about signs of teen dating violence, sexual abuse, rape, etc.
- Medical Professionals: OBGYNs, Pediatricians, Family Physicians, etc.
- Parents, teenagers, and family: speaking to youth about safe and healthy sex.
- Access to affordable birth control
- Teaching about safe sex and birth control in schools
Low Cost/No Cost Solutions:
- Collaborating with schools (trainings): VOICE, Hope Center, etc.
- Texas Wear Condoms program: Providing free condoms and distributing them across the county
- AdvocatesForYouth.org: Advocating for sex education
- Advocating to legislature for realistic sex education courses
- Holding and implementing sex education courses
- Educating parents on how to have "the talk"
- Free daycare for high school students who are parenting
- Do a Landscape Analysis of exisiting programs/curriculum in our county on sex education
- What are the benefits to separating genders for sex education?
- What education is happening for our LGBTQ+ students?
|What Strategy||By Whom (Partners)||By When|
|Research Sex Education programs||Early Childhood Coaltion||Spring of 2021|
|Partnering with exisiting agencies to sponsor events/courses||Coalition and local agencies||Spring of 2021|
|Community Outreach: public health awarness campaign on safe sex||Coalition and local agencies||Ongoing/Continuing|
|Propose a new committee for sex education||Early Childhood Coalition|