Acts of Hope Center
A Pacesetting Nonprofit Agency
Main Education Program
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
In 2010, about 614,400 U.S. teenagers (ages 14-19) became pregnant; approximately 89,300 had miscarriages, and 157,000 had legal abortions. The result was that there were nearly 367,000 teenage births in that year. In 2014, 6.3% of all U.S. births and 13.9% of all non-marital births were to teens. And according to a 2010 federal report, teen childbearing is associated with poor health and social outcomes for teen mothers and their children, although these outcomes often reflect preexisting social deficits.
To bring our field experience to bear on the issue and help mitigate its impact on the San Antonio youth, Acts of Hope Center works with its community partners—various universities and institutions of human development—to provide: (1) Abstinence-based sexuality education 1-2 per week, (2) increase awareness about how teenage pregnancy affects the lives of teen parents, and more broadly, community health, and (3) evaluate the impact of this program and publish the results in peer-reviewed journals.
Target Population: Socioeconomically disadvantaged teenagers ages 14-19, and teen parents.