Detail For Show: Teenage Pregnancy Prevention

Show Description:

This video was produced by the Holyoke Public Schools Media Center to shine a light on the issue of teenage pregnancy.

In eighth grade health classes, the school system uses a curriculum called “It Pays”. It is a teen pregnancy prevention program that includes an evidence based sexuality education curriculum called "Making Proud Choices”. “Making Proud Choices” is designed to empower adolescents to act in ways that will significantly decrease their chances of being involved in unintended pregnancies and reduce their risk of becoming infected with STD’s and HIV.

We also profile teenage parents. They share their experience and what it is like to be a parent at such an early age. The young parents talk about the many difficulties they are going through and what life is like now being a teenage parent.

Notes to Stations About This Show:

Holyoke has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the state of Massachusetts. The Holyoke Public Schools, the City of Holyoke and many different agencies have come together to address this issue. We talk to students, teachers, administrators, health officials, city officials and many others about how having this in the curriculum can help. The curriculum teaches skills for delaying sexual activity and encourages the practice of safer sex.

Type of Show: Specials

Target Viewing Market: National (US)

State of Production and/or Target State or Province: Massachusetts

Frequency of Episodes: One time show

Show Producer: Holyoke Public Schools Media Center

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