Though there has been a significant decline in the number of infants born to young ladies aged 15–19 years, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate is still substantially higher than in other western industrialized nations. Of these young ladies, the live birth rate for these women is approximately 30 per 1,000 and there continues to be disparities among these birth rates.
The Beautiful You project engages young ladies between the ages of 11-18 with the intent to instill a positive self image and address important issues that arise on their journey to womanhood. This project is our effort to improve the life opportunities of young ladies facing insurmountable health disparities and taking a role in helping them to make healthy choices about relationships, sex, and birth control.
The project is inclusive of:
- Workshops, conferences, and social forums
- Peer-Peer health education
- Group activities
- Community Service
“In 2013, a total of 273,105 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a live birth rate of 26.5 per 1,000 women in this age group. This is a record low for U.S. teens in this age group, and a drop of 10% from 2012. Birth rates fell 13% for women aged 15–17 years, and 8% for women aged 18–19 years. Still, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate is substantially higher than in other western industrialized nations.”