A key strategy helping to move the needle in terms of teen pregnancy reduction is the implementation of proven prevention and education programs through Healthy Girls programs, funded by United Way. The Healthy Girls Initiative is United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s focused approach to improving the health of young people of all genders and families in our community.
After studying other communities and researching evidence-based programming, United Way selected Making Proud Choices!, Reducing the Risk and ¡Cuidate! as its signature curriculums. All three programs have been used successfully in Milwaukee and nationwide. By implementing the same programs throughout the community, United Way can accurately track progress and results through common outcomes and indicators, while also forming best practices.
High school girls experiencing dating violence were found to be 4 to 6 times more likely than their non-abused peers to have ever been pregnant. Also, at least one fourth of adolescent mothers, and as many as 50-80 percent, are in abusive relationships before, during or after their pregnancies. Due to the strong correlation between sexual violence and teen pregnancy, United Way also invests in several curriculums with the goal of reducing sexual violence.
Of the 2012-2013 Healthy Girls Initiative participants:
86.3% demonstrated an increased understanding and awareness of sexual victimization.
82.4% demonstrated knowledge of the causes of pregnancy and pregnancy prevention.
90% indicated correct condom/birth control use skills.
Applying for a Healthy Girls Initiative Grant
United Way will begin accepting letters of intent for the Healthy Girls Initiative in March, 2015. Read about grant criteria or contact Julie Rothwell at (414) 263-8127 with questions.
2014 - 2015 United Way Healthy Girls Programs
United Way is funding 14 evidence-based Healthy Girls programs for a total investment of $674,000. More than 3,300 Milwaukee-area youth will be served by these programs.
*Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee - Making Proud Choices!
*Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Community Services –Making Proud Choices! + Reducing the Risk
COA Youth and Family Centers - Making Proud Choices!
Diverse & Resilient – Making Proud Choices!
IndependenceFirst – Making Proud Choices!
La Causa, Inc - Making Proud Choices!
Neu-Life Community Resource Center - Making Proud Choices!
The Parenting Network – Making Proud Choices! + RELATE
Pathfinders - Making Proud Choices!
Pathfinders-Rosalie Manor Community and Family Services - Making Proud Choices!
*PEARLS for Teen Girls - Making Proud Choices!
UMOS - Expect Respect
Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center - Girls’ Circle Paths to the Future + Young Men "Living a Legacy: A Rite of Passage"
Wisconsin Community Services, Inc - Making Proud Choices!
*Became Healthy Girls Initiative Agency Program Partners in 2013.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee would like to acknowledge the creative and effective efforts of SERVE, a nonprofit ad agency that has developed the look and messaging for the media-driven teen pregnancy prevention campaign.
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