News Report Teen Pregnancy Rates At Historic Low

On last week, news broke via social media that teen pregnancy birth rates reached a historic low in 2012. NBC News reported:

“According to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the birth rate among young women ages 15 to 19 fell 6 percent last year, to 29.4 births per thousand, the lowest rate in the 73 years the government has been collecting the data. The decline was across all racial and ethnic groups.” Read more…

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy also recently released  Freeze Frame 2012: A Snapshot of America’s Teens. In the overview it stated:

“When it comes to making decisions about sex, teens today are doing far better than they were 20 years ago. Fewer teens are having sex, and among those who are, more teens are using contraception. The happy result is that teen pregnancy and birth rates have declined dramatically. Despite this extraordinary progress, teen pregnancy and childbearing in the United States remains higher than in all other western industrialized countries, and approximately three in 10 girls in the United States get pregnant by age 20.1,2 Clearly, there is still much progress to be made.”

We definitely agree that although we’ve seen significant improvements, we still have a way to go. The work is not done yet due to the social conditions that exist when a girl of color becomes pregnant or births a child. The disparity in resources and outcomes are still far worse than that of other races. So Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP will remain committed and continue to provide prevention education programs to teen girls to ensure they transition into successful women. To view the full baseline report University of Chicago Chapin Hall released on data collected  from research done specifically on our programs, please click here. Do you think prevention education programs such as ours has helped with this decline in numbers?

10 Inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes

As the world celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP would like to honor his legacy by sharing a few of his most inspiring quotes. His words are a symbol and true representation of the wisdom, integrity, and fearlessness he possessed while fulfilling his life’s purpose. May we all be reminded and charged to be the change we seek to see in the world.

Read 10 of Nelson Mandela’s Inspiring Quotes:

Mandela1.) “Education is the most powerful weapon in which you can use to change the world.”

2.) “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

3.) “It always seems impossible until its done.”

4.) “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

5.) “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”

6.) “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

7.) “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

8.) “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

9.) “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

10.) “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”