Anderson County Leads Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grant in Numbers of Teens Reached
Anderson County is at the lead in the number of youth served in a five-year grant provided by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. A part of the grant’s goal for the 2016-2017 year was to teach evidence-based pregnancy prevention programs to 4,025 young people in Anderson, Aiken and Orangeburg counties.
Together, the counties reached 5,560 youth, easily surpassing the goal. However, of the three counties, Anderson County alone provided the program to 4,473 youth.
“We are so thankful that our community realizes the impact this program can have on the future of our youth,” said Carol Burdette, Executive Director of the United Way of Anderson County, the lead collaborating agency of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in the county.
“The majority of the youth reached were in our public school systems,” said Burdette. “I have to applaud the administrators, those teaching the program, and the parents for recognizing that these conversations can change lives.”
All five Anderson County public school districts, along with the Anderson County Alternative School and New Foundations Home for Children, are implementing the same teen pregnancy prevention education curriculum in the middle schools.
Draw the Line/Respect the Line is a 3-year, evidence-based curriculum that promotes abstinence by providing students in grades 6, 7 and 8 with the knowledge and skills to prevent HIV, other STDs and pregnancy. Using an interactive approach, the program shows students how to set personal limits and meet challenges to those limits. Lessons also include the importance of respecting others’ personal limits.
For more information on teen pregnancy prevention or to get involved in these efforts, contact April Cameron, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coordinator, at 864-226-3438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.