Did you know that nearly 3 in 10 girls in the United States will get pregnant at least once while they're still a teenager? Did you know that less than 50% of teen mothers ever graduate from high school?
Sure, there's some tough stuff about being a teen that can be hard to avoid (we're looking at you, acne), but teen pregnancy is not one of them. In honor of National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, TeenNick is teaming up with StayTeen.org
to raise awareness about the realities of too-early pregnancy. At the end of the day, you and only
you can make smart decisions, but we want to help you become informed about sex, relationships, contraception, and the difficult responsibilities that come with teen pregnancy and parenting.
Head over to StayTeen.org
to read up on statistics, and you'll be surprised to learn just how much having a baby before you're ready can affect your school life, your relationships, and your future. For example, did you know that unplanned parenthood is the leading reason why teens drop out of school? Or that more than half of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager?
And how's this for in-your-face fact: A couple who has unprotected sex (doesn't use condoms or any other kind of contraception, such as birth control) has an 85% chance of getting pregnant within a year. Whoa.
Check out all of the helpful resources offered by Stayteen.org, and then take this quiz
to see how you'd handle tough decisions about sex before
you have to make them.
There are so many AMAZING things about being a teen. Whether it's making the varsity soccer team or carefully planning your route to English class so you'll pass that cute junior in the hallway OR spending your Friday night recreating a Britney Spears music video, who would want to give that up? Keep that future in your own hands, because it's a bright one.
Stay silly. Stay happy. Stay teen!
All statistics provided by StayTeen.org.