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?

Join Our POWER UP 4 GIRLS Campaign – $11 for 11 Schools by November 11

POWER UP 4 GIRLS Campaign
$11 for 11 Schools by November 11

Join us as a POWER UP partner and help EMPOWER girls to transition into successful women. For almost 20 years, Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP has encouraged girls to exercise their power to choose success over failure despite the many obstacles they experience growing up in urban distressed communities. At every level within our organization, we are recruiting 11 POWER UP partners to amplify a surge of HOPE into the next generation of leaders.

As a friend of D2F, we ask that you join us in asking 11 people for $11 by November 11th. Your gift of $11 will help provide workshop materials and refreshments for girls in our after-school education and prevention programs at 11 Chicagoland community high schools. By asking 11 other friends to join you as POWER UP partners, their gifts will help provide college access services, assist with materials for our Project Hopeful Financial Literacy and STEM program, and much more.

You can make your contribution as a POWER UP partner via our website at www.demoiselle2femme.org and click the DONATE button.

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D2F Pregnancy Prevention Program Evaluation: Findings from U of C Chapin Hall First Baseline Survey

Baseline Data Release Alert!

Teen Pregnancy Prevention through a Holistic Ecological Model

In a desire to measure our impact through more rigorous evaluation, Demoiselle 2 Femme has partnered with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago to examine teen pregnancy prevention through a holistic youth development approach. The research is funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) of the Administration for Children and Families under the Affordable Care Act.

Using the Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP’s 3-D PRIDE curriculum as the intervention along with our holistic services (personal development, mentorship, college/career access, service learning, educational and cultural field trips) we are striving to delay sexual activity, pregnancy and STIs among teen girls. Through the conduits of these services, girls gain self-sufficiency and access to explore a world of opportunities for a healthier future.

To view the full baseline Chapin Hall report please click here. For further information on research and evaluation of our programs visit our website www.demoiselle2femme.org