Teen Pregnancy Is In No One’s Best Interest

Our Story

19 years of fighting for D.C. teens to have a great future.

 

Our Story

DC Campaign was founded by a distinguished group of Washingtonians who were deeply committed to cutting the teen pregnancy rate in half in order to improve the social and economic health of the city. At the time, the city had one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation. Public opinion research revealed a stunning consensus among residents of all ages about what it takes to reduce teen pregnancy:

  • Parents talking with their children about sexual issues
  • Investing in positive activities after school
  • Community-based sexuality education
  • Advocacy with and on behalf of adolescents
  • Making contraception more widely available

 

There are only two ways to prevent teen pregnancy. Either don’t have sex, or if you do, use effective contraception consistently.


Our Board

Constance Bohon, MD
Donna Cooper
Ester Forrester, MD
Wendy Lynn Gray
Linda Howard
James S. Kane, Treasurer
Kitty Kelley
James J. Sandman, Chair
Judith A. Walter, Vice Chair
Cheryl Weiner
Brenda Rhodes Miller, Executive Director

DC Campaign History

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1997

Mayor Marion Barry established, by executive order, the Mayor’s Committee on Reducing Teenage Pregnancies and Out-of-Wedlock Births

1998

Strong Minds, Powerful Connections: Helping Young People Choose a Positive Future was published

1999

DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Incorporated

2000

DC Campaign convened the Child Sex Abuse Prevention Task Force with Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc., DC Action for Children, Unity Health Care, and Covenant House, to examine the issue and incidence of statutory rape in the District of Columbia

2001

DC Campaign forms Best Practices Coalition with the goal of developing a city-wide strategy that gives young people the skills and motivation they need to prevent problems such as pregnancy, drugs, and violence and to achieve school success, healthy life styles and economic opportunities

2002

DC Campaign publishes The $747 Million Dollar Question, a publication that shows what the District of Columbia spends each year in direct costs associated with teen pregnancy

2003

Not Yet Adults published

An Ounce of Prevention/A Pound of Cure published

2004

DC Campaign establishes Coalition on Men and Boys

Standing in the Gap awarded to Helena Valentine

2005

DC Campaign exceeded its 1999 mission to cut the teen pregnancy rate in half from 152.1 down to 64.4

2006

Facts at Your Fingertips, and easy to read publication of essential teen data was published

Talk is a 4-Letter Word curricula was piloted

2007

Are We There Yet? Was published

2009

Helping Teen Fathers Succeed roundtable

December The More You Know, The More you Can Help a roundtable for frontline school staff

2010

DC Campaign exceeds its initial mission of cutting the teen pregnancy rate in half (64.4)

2011

DC Campaign named “one of the most effective and trustworthy small non-profits in the region” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

2012

DC City Council adopted Half by 2015 initiative

2013

Conference: Adolescents and Mental Health: A Balancing Act

Conference: Nowhere to Lay My Head

Conference: School Based Health Centers: Graduating to Good Health

2014

DC Campaign becomes the grant-managing entity for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund Establishment Act

DC Campaign featured in the Catalogue for Philanthropy

2015

Conference: Promises to Keep: Teen Parents Can Graduate from College

2016

Conference: End the War on Children: Child Sex Abuse Prevention

Conference: Making Medicaid Work for Teens

Conference: End the War on Children: Poverty Takes No Prisoners

2017

Conference: End the War on Children: Safe and Stable Neighborhoods for All

Conference: End the War on Children: Disrupt the School to Prison Pipeline

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