Founded in 1999 with the mission of cutting teen pregnancy in half by 2005, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy exceeded its original goal (data show a 57.7% reduction). Today, the mission is to halve the rate again by 2015 – because teen pregnancy is costly in so many ways. Young mothers drop out of school; abuse and neglect of children rises; sons of teen mothers are far likelier to enter the criminal justice system and daughters to become mothers before their time. Simply put, families begun by teens require tremendous emotional, social, and financial support. So what's the strategy? Collect and share data to inform policy. Organize parents and teens. Advocate on their behalf and train teens to speak for themselves (the Youth Leadership Task Force is critical here). Enlist the media to spread the word. The campaign is working, but there is still much to be done: the most recent data show 59 pregnancies per 1,000 girls ages 15-19 in DC. We all have a stake in preventing teen pregnancy.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; ; Low- to Moderate-Income

Schools They Work In: Ballou High School; Coolidge High School; Roosevelt High School; Whittier Elementary School; Variety of public charter schools

Awards & Recognition

The Gelman, Rosenberg, & Freedman EXCEL Award - 2008
First Rock Baptist Church Award of Community Recognition - 2002
Planned Parenthood Community Partnership Award - 2000
NOAPP Spirit of Service Award - 2003
Amerigroup foundation Healthy Hero Award - 2006
The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington 2011 “Everyday Heroes/Heroines” Video contest (Finalist)-2011
501 (c) Tech Technology Innovation Award-2011


Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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