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The twelfth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy will take place on May 1, 2013. On the National Day and throughout the month of May, teens nationwide will be asked to visit StayTeen.org to participate in our popular National Day Quiz, which delivers teen pregnancy prevention messages and challenges them to think carefully about what they might do "in the moment." The message of the National Day is simple and straightforward: Sex has consequences.
Organized by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the National Day has widespread support from nearly 200 national organizations and media outlets that serve as official National Day partners. For more information and free National Day resources, please visit the National Day section of our website.
WHY A NATIONAL DAY?
The extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy and childbearing over the past two decades have proven to cynics that progress can be made on tough issues. In fact, few social problems have improved quite as dramatically over the past 20 years as teen pregnancy.
The latest news on the teen pregnancy front has been incredibly positive. The U.S. teen pregnancy rate has declined 40% from its peak in 1990 and is now at a nearly 40-year low, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. In addition to the overall national declines, teen pregnancy has also decreased dramatically among all racial and ethnic groups.
Despite this progress, it is still the case that nearly 3 in 10 girls get pregnant by age 20. This suggests that we all need to continue helping teens postpone their families until they are older, through school, and in stable, committed relationships.
We hope that—in some modest way—the National Day will help teens think carefully about sex, relationships, contraception, the possibility of pregnancy, and the lifelong challenges of being a parent.
NATIONAL DAY PARTNERSHIPS
Our official National Day partners are critical to the success of the National Day. Each year, hundreds of national-level organizations team up with the National Campaign to promote the National Day to their members, affiliates, customers, audiences, and contacts in ways that the National Campaign could never accomplish on its own. If your organization is interested in becoming an official National Day partner, please contact Michael Rosst at email@example.com.
In addition to our national-level partnerships, the National Day could not be a success without the hard work of the many state- and local-level organizations and individuals around the country who organize and participate in National Day activities. If you are planning an event in 2013, please let us know about it by emailing a description to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will collect and post your ideas in future National Day Update messages and in the National Day Activities section of our website for others to read about, learn from, and perhaps carry out in their own communities!
As the National Day approaches, we will email you periodically with information about this year's National Day event, new materials, ideas for how you can support the event, and more. For more information about the National Day, please visit the National Day section of our website. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Rosst at email@example.com.