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"Teen Pregnancy Prevention Matters"
Essay Contest for Students 6th-12th Grades 
and Young Adults up to age 24

Teen pregnancy comes at a high cost to all involved…the young mother and father, and the community. For Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, which is in May, GCAPP is launching a statewide essay contest to help build awareness about teen pregnancy in Georgia. Teen pregnancy is the #1 reason girls drop out of school, only 2% of teen mothers finish college by age 30, and teen parents face challenges most will never overcome. The overwhelming majority of teen parents live in poverty. With more than 12,000 teen births a year, Georgia remains one of the states with the highest teen birth and pregnancy rates in the country. Teen pregnancy is one of Georgia’s toughest and costliest issues, costing taxpayers $465 million a year.


Nine winning essays will be awarded monetary prizes and the students will be recognized on GCAPP's website and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy's StayTeen.org website.  
Winners will be announced the week of May 11.
Essays must not exceed 500 words or one page.  

6th - 8th Grade 



$100 First Place

$50 Second Place

$25 Third Place  

9th - 12th Grade 



$150 First Place

$100 Second Place

$50 Third Place   

Young Adults up to 

Age 24


$200 First Place

$150 Second Place

$75 Third Place  



Essays may be submitted to essaycontest@gcapp.org on or before April 30. Entries may also be mailed to 1718 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 465, Atlanta, GA 30309. All mailed entries must be postmarked by April 24.


Questions? Send to essaycontest@gcapp.org.