Why You Should Care
- We have a problem. A community
assessment indicated that teen pregnancy
is on the rise in most areas of Texas and especially in Hostile Texas.
- They are wasting our money. Your tax
dollars are going to current services and programs that typically "treat" the problem,
but not preventing it. We are putting band aids on a dying patient.
- We are putting a band aids on the wrong
places. Our assessment found that while 90% of teenage
girls who became mothers thought that the father would marry them and get a
job to support the newly created family, this only occurred in 5% of the
cases. Only 25% of teenage boys who became fathers thought initially
that they would get married and get a job, and only 5% actually did.
Thus, we felt that teens had distorted perceptions of reality. Girls
perceptions are sometimes addressed. Boys perceptions are not dealt with by
- We cannot rely on the professionals. Surveys
show that most professionals in Hostile TX have training to treat the female
teen parent. None have training in treating the male teen
- You can make a difference. Everyday
experiences and research demonstrate that ordinary citizens who unite
together can make a difference (Kahn, 1982).