Today is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day. Every year, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy creates an interactive game. This year’s game focuses on prom night. Go to http://www.stayteen.org/quiz to take it online, or to download a print version in English or Spanish.
Our staff had fun taking it, scoring a range of between 8 -11 (perfect is 12). Last year, of the 100,000+ youth who took it, 62% said that some of the situations were things they or their friends had faced; 72% said it made them think about what they might do. The majority said that they would encourage friends to take it.
1 in 3! Why It’s Important
If you’re a teen woman in the U.S., you still have a one-in-three chance of becoming pregnant before your 20th birthday. That’s too much! While teen pregnancy rates have dropped 42% since 1990, the U.S. still has one of the highest teen birth rates in the industrialized world.
We know that women who become moms in their teens can be successful. But as these young women share on Seventeen Magazine’s National Teen Pregnancy Prevention page, having a baby before you complete your education and have the chance to start a career makes thinks a whole lot harder.
We also know that most teen pregnancies aren’t planned and that unplanned pregnancies can be risky for mom and baby