Join G-CAPP, state legislators, community leaders, youth and others who care about the well being of Georgia’s young people for G-CAPP’s 2010 Legislative Conference, Thursday, February 11, from 5:00 – 7:00 at the Georgia Freight Depot-Blue Room, 65 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, downtown Atlanta.
Dr. Rhonda Meadows, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Community Health will be the keynote speaker.
G-CAPP’s work to prevent teen pregnancy is driven by one simple truth: stopping teen pregnancy in Georgia starts by changing circumstances and inspiring youth. Each year in Georgia more than 22,000 teens between the ages of 14-19 will become pregnant. The state’s high teen pregnancy rate is not only a result of sexual illiteracy and bad choices, it’s also inextricably linked to poverty, dropping out of school, difficult home environments and histories of child abuse in one form or another. In the last two years Georgia has seen an uptick in teen pregnancies, threatening to reverse a decade of sound progress.
Georgia currently has the 10th highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, ranks 2nd in repeat teen births, has one of the highest STI/HIV infection rates in the country, as well as the 4th highest dropout rate in the country. Additionally, teen pregnancy in Georgia costs taxpayers (local, state and federal) $344 million annually. Now, more than ever, we need to make sure that youth have the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to make good, healthy choices.
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