The Healthy Girls Initiative is United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s focused approach to moving the needle on teen pregnancy reduction and improving the health of girls, boys and families in our community.
After studying other communities and researching evidence-based programming, United Way selected Making Proud Choices! and ¡Cuidate! as its signature curricula. 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. Both curricula target not only girls, but also teen boys.
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 curricula with the goal of reducing sexual violence.
Of the 2011-2012 Healthy Girls Initiative participants:
- 95% demonstrated an increased understanding and awareness of sexual victimization.
- 89% 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
Read about grant criteria or contact Julie Rothwell at (414) 263-8127 with questions.
2013-14 United Way Healthy Girls Programs
United Way is funding 13 evidence-based Healthy Girls programs for a total investment of $671,000. More than 3,500 Milwaukee-area youth will be served by these programs.
*Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee - Making Proud Choices!
*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!
*PEARLS for Teen Girls - Making Proud Choices!
Rosalie Manor Community and Family Services - 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! + RELATE
*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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