My Next Move: Education, Career & Work Readiness Experience, acknowledged in a Proclamation at the Broward County Commission Meeting.
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and OIC of South Florida focused its attention on supporting positive youth development (PYD) initiatives. PYD is an approach to programming that focuses on providing experiences that give youth opportunities for healthy and successful development. My Next Move 2016: An Education, Career & Work Readiness Experience was an ideal opportunity.
The My Next Move event aligns with OIC’s core focus of, “Helping People Help Themselves.” Arlene Connelly, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships with OIC stated, “Utilizing OIC’s All A’s Initiative, we support youth in realizing their full potential through heightening their Awareness of the vast amount of career options available to them, guiding them on how to Access these opportunities, supporting them in taking the necessary Action steps to realizing their career goals, and strengthening their foundational skills that increase opportunities forAchievement. This event was a true example of community collaboration with a focused goal, to ensure that Broward County High School Seniors from selected schools were equipped, exposed, and empowered with the tools to make their next move post-graduation.” OIC of South Florida was pleased to work with event chairperson, Beam Furr; Broward County Commissioner District 6, the Community Enhancement Collaboration, Inc., and organizations such as Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County Public Schools, CareerSource Broward, Children’s Services Council of Broward, Hispanic Unity, Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, Memorial Healthcare System, and a host of supporters in planning this event.
Nationally, we can see results realized when an issue is identified, a strategic and concentrated approach is utilized, and the implementation of evidence-based models and approaches are applied. While it is notable and a cause for celebration that teen pregnancy and childbearing has declined in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups, national statistics cite that roughly 1 in 4 teens get pregnant by age 20 and just about 38% of teen girls who have a child before age 18 get a
high school diploma.
Some quick facts:
There were 24.2 teen births for every 1000 females ages 15-19 in 2014.
The teen birth rate is at a historic low, but the United States still has one of
the highest rates in the industrialized world.
Teen birth rates differ substantially by age, racial and ethnic group, and region
of the country.
Birth rates are higher among Hispanic and black adolescents than among
their white counterparts.
While Hispanics have the highest teen birth rates, there has been a dramatic decline in rates, with a 50% reduction since 2007.
We still have work to do in supporting youth to making healthy choices. OIC of South Florida's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, Project PAUSE [Prevent, Achieve, Understand, Succeed, Educate] is funded by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health. OIC invites and encourages all members of the community to be part of the pro-social approach to strengthening youth outcomes by supporting Positive Youth Development (PYD) at this critical
Positive youth development (PYD) is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths' strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths (Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs).
To learn more about positive youth development and the eight key PYD practices,