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Ashley- This is who I would like to interview for our project: http://www.liveworkthrive.org/. This is a program put on by the Crittenton Women's Union. They help lower income women with children. Check out this link. I haven't called yet to figure out who I can talk to or what information I can get but someone recommended this site to me.

This might be a cool organization to get in touch with or even just to look more into: http://nursing.uncg.edu/cbs/index.html. It's a program in North Carolina that pays girls not to get pregnant. They give the girls a $1 a day to not get pregnant. This money can then be used towards going to college.

This is a program in Massachusetts: http://www.massteenpregnancy.org/policy/promise-project. It's called The Promise Project.

http://www.guttmacher.org/datacenter/profiles/MA.jsp: Here is some data on pregnancies in Massachusetts and publicly funded contraceptive programs.

This is about Jan 2011 funding for orgs. like planned parenthood to run pregnancy prevention programs. "During the next five years, the federal government will spend $375 million on sexuality education initiatives as part of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program. The first wave of new monies — $75 million — has arrived in checking accounts at 75 nonprofits, health agencies, school districts and universities nationwide." Also mentions Megan Andelloux (Jess showed us her website)

I hope this link works- it's for funding plans for HHS (Health and Human services) including $ for teen pregnancy prevention.
as of Feb. 18, 2011 though, House passed cuts that will impact Teen pregnancy prevention programs.
"That's the message the GOP-controlled House sent by voting to cut not only all of Planned Parenthood's $75 million in federal funding for family planning but also the entire $317 million Title X budget. Title X money helps pay for birth control, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, breast and cervical cancer testing, prenatal care, sex education and vasectomies for men. About 4.7 million Americans get health care from clinics funded by Title X money, according to the Guttmacher Institute."

New York Times article.

Wall St. Journal Blog article about Planned Parenthood Title X etc

"Can a pregnancy prevention program succeed with the philosophy that although abstinence is best, contraceptive protection is next best? Based on the experiences of three of the programs reviewed here, the answer is yes. Postponing Sexual Involvement, Reducing the Risk and the Self Center not only demonstrated an ability to delay the initiation of sexual activity among participants, but significantly increased the proportion of sexually active teenagers using contraceptives (Table 3)." This article is a review of several school based programs that are generally abstinence based. But some do talk about the use of contraceptives- supporting our idea that education should and can have multiple layers so that ultimately, adolescents can make a decision based on all the knowledge and resources they have.

TThe following is a description of the President's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.

3/11: state-wide pregnancy rates- relate to need for state specific policies- and need for federal funding to be given to states.

3/16 - Good overview and info on Policy & Advocacy - Advocates for Youth is a Nationally Funded Partner of the CDC