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?

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

Become An E-Mentor — Impact The Lives of Girls

You’ve always wanted to impact the lives of girls on a personal level and here is your opportunity. Join Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP for an exciting new initiative which allows women ages 25 and up to mentor girls via our online group network. We are piloting this project and are interest obtaining 5-7 additional mentors to match with girls from our Community-based Signature Program.

• Must be a female 21 years of age or older.
• Must have a passion to make a difference in the lives of teen girls.
• Must be willing to undergo a background check.
• Must complete online Mandated Reporter Training.
• Must not be related to a current participant in our programs.
• Must have knowledge of social media sites and networks.
• Must have remote access to the internet. Cell phone internet is not conducive.
• Must be willing to interact w/student at least 2 times a week.
• Must attend monthly activities with mentee.
• Must attend 4-hour training at Demoiselle 2 Femme Office, 9415 S. Western Avenue, Suite 200, Chicago, IL.
• Must participate in Pre/Post Survey evaluations and focus groups.
• Must commit to school year commitment (September-June).

To download the application click E-Mentorship APPLICATION 2013- (revised). The application deadline is August 23, 2013. A mandatory group interview will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. For more information, contact Cheresa Purnell at or at 773-779-9371, x303.