We help youth make responsible decisions in order to help them grow to be more productive members of our community.
No. We are two separate organizations. Our primary focus is on preventing pregnancies and giving children, youth and families the necessary tools to have meaningful conversations in order to decrease risky behaviors and decision-making.
We are a pregnancy prevention agency, not a birth prevention agency. If we are successful in our programs and services, no organization will have done more to reduce the number of abortions in our community.
No. We stress and educate that abstinence is the healthiest choice for young people. However, we also believe that we need to meet young people in the middle, which means, should they choose to be sexually active, they should also have the knowledge about being responsible to avoid pregnancy and/or an STD/STI.
We stress that abstinence until marriage is the first and healthiest choice for all young people. But since 51% of SC teens (and 75% of SC high school seniors) report being sexually active, we use research-proven methods to highlight taking the necessary precautions in order to prevent an unintended pregnancy or becoming infected with an STD/STI.
Yes. Our most well-known partnerships with the Aiken County Public School District are probably the Real Care Infant Simulator program and the Girls Circle program. In addition, upon request, we are also available to speak in classrooms to provide education to youth within the guidelines required by the school system. We also conduct workshops for parents and guardians and conduct teacher trainings regarding our programs.
Our most important Guiding Principle is that parents should be their child’s primary sexuality educator. We know that parents have the most amount of influence when it comes to their child’s decisions regarding sex and sexuality. Unfortunately, about 75% of parents never talk to their children about sexuality and the dangers of premature sexual activity. We offer Parent Power workshops through parent groups and churches on a variety of topics in order to support parents and other adult caregivers to have more open, honest, age-appropriate talks with their children.
Yes. We support the Comprehensive Health Education Act “which was enacted in 1988 to ensure that SC students receive an age-appropriate, comprehensive educational program developed with community control in compliance with the provisions of the law.” This act requires SC schools to take an abstinence-based, age-appropriate approach to reproductive health education and pregnancy prevention education. Research shows comprehensive sexuality education does not encourage sexual activity, but delays the onset of the first intercourse.
We are a pregnancy prevention organization. If someone is seeking EC, then we have not done our job. We are not medical professionals so we refer clients with questions to medical personnel such as their family doctor, the Health Department or the Margaret J. Weston Community Health Center.