Full History

Spring 1997
May 1998
1999
October 1999
February 2000
July 2000
November 2000
2001
May 2001
November 2001
June 2002
July 2003
2004
June 2004
June 2005
April 2005
2006
May 2006
2007
July 2007

Spring 1997

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

May 1998

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

1999

DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Incorporated

DC Campaign develops Five Fields of Action: Mobilizing teens; Drawing Attention to Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Supporting Local Programs; Engaging Neighborhoods and Keeping Track of the Facts

Founding Board of Directors: Dr. Joyce Ladner, Chair; Victoria P. Sant, Vice Chair; Virginia Fleming, President

Vincent C. Gray, Treasurer; The Honorable Sandra Allen; Carol Thompson Cole; Amanda Deaver; Katharine Graham (1917-2001); Dr. Dorothy I. Height (1912-2010); Mary Jo Lazear; Rev. Leon G. Lipscomb, Sr.; C. Payne Lucas; John Herbert Niles, Jr., MD; Charles Ruff, Esq. (1939-2000); Marian Urquilla; James Wagoner; and Brenda Rhodes Miller, Secretary

 

Ten by Tens meetings were held to recruit people interested in helping to prevent teen pregnancy

DC Campaign launched the Parent Peer Education initiative to train parents who in turn would train other parents on How to Talk with Their Children about Love, Sex and Relationships

October 1999

DC Campaign’s first conference, Boys to Men: A Roundtable on Improving Health Care Access, Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice was first keynote speaker

February 2000

DC Campaign Launch, The White House Indian Treaty Room and First Annual Conversation Changers awards: Life Pieces to Masterpieces; Teen Life Choices; Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care; Children’s National Medical Center, Generations Program; Children’s National Medical Center, Teens Against the Spread of AIDS (TASA); Covenant House Washington

First Teen Town Hall meeting was held at Children’s National Medical Center led by TASA

Press conference announcing the findings of a public opinion survey from a series of focus groups and telephone surveys of adult and teen District residents conducted in 1999, Common Sense: Teens and Adults Speak Out About Teen Pregnancy in the District of Columbia was released

Comic book, It Just Happened, created by the Youth Leadership Task Force, published and released at a briefing hosted by Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton on Capitol Hill

Created comprehensive public relations plan for Mayor Anthony Williams

Media briefing on the $747 Million Question, a publication that shows that for every dollar the District government spends on the consequences of teen pregnancy, it spends less than one penny on prevention

Have Faith in Youth launched with 10 faith-based institutions that asked churches to open their doors one night a week for neighborhood teens to provide a meal, mentor and meaningful conversation

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

July 2000

Conference: EC/DC

November 2000

Conference: Strength Based Approaches to Parenting

2001

Conversation Changers Awards: Latin American Youth Center; Fern Johnson-Clarke, Ph. D., DC State Center for Health Statistics; Redemption Ministry Parent Peer Educators; Hal Donofrio, Campaign for Our Children; Barbara Strother, Teen Parent Assessment Program

DC Campaign produced the Change the Conversation video and study guide as a reference for organization who wanted to help prevent teen pregnancy

“If you don’t think teen pregnancy is a good idea, why is D.C.’s rate so High?” DC Campaign’s Public Service Announcement placed on 500 Metro buses and in 10 Metro stations

DC Campaign published Common Sense, a publication that grew out of 22 focus groups and five mini-groups with preteens, teens and parents and 12-indepth interviews with community leaders and teen pregnancy experts

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

DC Campaign established Secondary Prevention Coalition in partnership with Children’s National Medical Center’s Generations Program. Advocates, youth-serving organizations, and legal experts working with pregnant and parenting teens throughout the District come together to address the prevention of future pregnancies among teen parents.

Conversation, DC Campaign’s newsletter was published

Spreading the Word, DC Campaign’s free on-line newsletter was published

May 2001

First issue of DC Campaign’s quarterly newsletter, The Conversation was published

November 2001

Conference: Taking the Pulse on School Based Health Care

June 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

Conversation Changers Awards: Asian American LEAD; DC Action for Children; DCPS Head Start Programs; For the Love of Health, Education and Humanity; Washington Hospital Center, Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting

July 2003

Not Yet Adults published

An Ounce of Prevention/A Pound of Cure published

Conversation Changers Awards: AED Center for Youth Development and Policy Research; First Baptist Church, Minnesota Avenue; United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section; Untouchable Taste Catering, Maya Angelou Public Charter School/See Forever Foundation; and WAMU 88.5 FM Radio

2004

DC Campaign establishes Coalition on Men and Boys

Standing in the Gap awarded to Helena Valentine

June 2004

Healing the Hurt: Grief, Loss and Teen Pregnancy roundtable

June 2005

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

Capitol Hill briefing on DC Campaign’s comic book, It Just Happened, written, edited and produced by DC Campaign’s Youth Leadership Task force

Keeping Track of the Facts, a list of was published

April 2005

Conference: Faith Based and Secular Collaboration to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

2006

Youth-led DC Leadership Debate of Democratic candidates running for mayor and city council, moderated by Marc Fisher of the Washington Post held at the Cosmos Club

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

Talk is a 4-Letter Word curricula was piloted

Conversation Changers Awards: Metro TeenAIDS Peer Education Teams, DC Urban Up-Lifters, Greater Washington Youth Philanthropy Initiative and Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts.

May 2006

At-Promise, Not At-Risk: Youth Development in America’s Home Town roundtable

2007

Conversation Changers Awards: Andrea and Caron Butler; Jerry Craft, creator of Mama’s Boyz; Carlise James Davenport, founder of Tots Developmental School; Jeffery R. Thompson, Chartered Health Care

July 2007

Helping Pregnant and Parenting Teens Graduate from High School roundtable