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Her Story Got 1 Million 'Likes' In Less Than 24 Hours

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 07.05.2014 | Good News

It was a story of personal triumph that she wanted to tell for "so long." Fortunately, this unidentified New York woman ran into Brandon Stanton, the ...

But What's the Cost of Not Addressing Poverty?

Catalina Escobar | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Catalina Escobar

I realized after the first six to seven years of trial and error that we cannot change the broader cultural and economic problems such as social disparity, limited access to services and entrenched cultural norms that these girls face.

High School Yearbook Under Fire For Featuring Teen Parents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.23.2014 | Teen

Two pages dedicated to teenage parents in an Arizona high school yearbook have sparked controversy in the community. In between the Mesa High Scho...

The Message Beyoncé Isn't Sending To Young Girls

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 07.08.2014 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

You don't really need to know much about me, except that I am a teenage girl, my mother was a teenage mom and I listen to Beyoncé (a lot). I wanted to take a little bit to speak with you about teen pregnancy.

The State With The Highest Teen Pregnancy Rate Is...

Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living

By: Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer Published: 05/05/2014 03:26 PM EDT on LiveScience The rates of teenage pregnancy, birth and abortion have plummete...

May Is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month -- Let's Aim Low!

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 06.30.2014 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

A U.S. teen is 30 percent more likely to give birth than her counterpart in Russia, which is number two on the list. This is not a top position we can be proud of. But with continued efforts, there is every reason to believe that we will work our way to the bottom of the list.

The Place Where You Belong

Jessica Watson | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Jessica Watson

When I was 16 and pregnant and covering my stomach with men's sized t-shirts in hopes of avoiding second glances, a group of our old neighbors, women whose children I had grown up with, offered to give me a baby shower.

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

Mississippi Cares More About the Politics of Unborn Children, Than Unborn Children

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

As conservatives attempt to criminalize a broader range of actions in attempts to grant legal personhood to unborn children, and thus create a stronger argument against safe, legal abortion, a case in Mississippi is at center stage.

Nicholas Kristof Credits MTV's '16 And Pregnant' For Helping Lower Teen Birthrate

The New York Times | Nicholas Kristof | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact

By Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times In the struggle to break cycles of poverty, experts have been searching for decades for ways to lower Ameri...

Shotgun Marriage Politics: There's No Need to Ban Marriage for Youths Under 16

Steven Kurlander | Posted 05.25.2014 | Miami
Steven Kurlander

Last week, Rep. Cynthia Stafford, D-Miami, got titillating headlines by proposing a law that would ban youths under age 16 from getting married. According to Stafford, Florida is in moral danger because a little more than 100 youths under age 16 exchanged vows in the state last year.

Huge Public School District Expanding Condoms Program

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.20.2014 | Teen

One of the nation's largest public school districts will be expanding a pilot program that makes free condoms available to high school students. Be...

How Helping Teen Mothers Changed My Life

Esmeralda Villanueva de Ramírez | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Esmeralda Villanueva de Ramírez

At first I didn't understand the mothers' unbridled enthusiasm for a piñata. But then it hit me -- these teenagers hadn't had the chance to be little girls, because they became mothers too soon.

Haven't Talked To Your Doctor About Sex? You're Not Alone

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Molly Cunningham, Rivers...

Movie Review: Gimme Shelter

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on a true story, Gimme Shelter is one of those films that means well: It's earnest, filled with the spirit of forgiveness -- indeed, it wouldn't seem out of place on the Lifetime network.

9 Questions for Gimme Shelter's Laneya Wiles

Ilana Rapp | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Laneya Wiles (pronounced la-NEE-ah) has her fingers -- sheesh, her toes, too, -- dipped in everything. Actor, comedian, director, writer, New Yorker -- you name it. With many projects about to be released and upcoming projects in development, you may want to create a Google alert for her.

All My Friends Are Engaged and I'm Just Like...

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

Marriage is for adults, and it is immature for me to decide when other people are ready to take the next step in their lives. No one should be limited to any role they fulfill, whether it's friend, daughter, wife, or mother.

Has MTV Helped Bring Down Teen Pregnancy Rate?

Laura Stepp | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Laura Stepp

If shows like 16 and Pregnant motivate teens to think and talk seriously with their friends, partners and parents about sex and pregnancy, that's a good thing. Teens need -- indeed are hungry for -- deeper knowledge about sex, pregnancy and pregnancy prevention.

Is MTV's 16 and Pregnant "A Great Form of Birth Control"?

Melissa S. Kearney | Posted 03.15.2014 | College
Melissa S. Kearney

The show makes real what some would-be teen moms might otherwise fail to see -- that becoming a mom is not a way out but brings its own hardships and struggles.

Let's Ban Weddings and, While We're at It, Baby Showers Too

Valerie Alexander | Posted 02.11.2014 | Women
Valerie Alexander

Choose the man who will take care of the laundry and change the baby's diapers when you've got the flu, rather than the one who spent a month choreographing his proposal so that the video of it would go viral.

God's Disguises

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

God loves disguises. So look around you today. And be a bit more curious about the characters that inhabit your life.

Teen Pregnancies Are Declining -- Why Don't Adults Believe That?

Laura Stepp | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Laura Stepp

What adults think about teenagers matters to teenagers -- a lot. If we continue to expect them to have unprotected sex, chances are good that many of them will.

How The Presence Of Black Teachers Affects Teen Pregnancy

Posted 11.07.2013 | Black Voices

Despite a steady decline, the U.S. still leads with the highest teen birth rate of any developed country. Among those reports, rates among black and L...

We Are the Girls, We Are the Children!

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Young girls in other countries are not as lucky as their American peers. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report indicating that every day, 20,000 girls under the age 18 give birth in developing countries.

Travelling America to Open Conversation About Youth Sexual Health

Katelyn Bryant-Comstock | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Katelyn Bryant-Comstock

Each city we stopped in, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Chicago and Pittsburgh, I set off on foot, stopping people to ask them questions about how their friends talk about sex, and what they thought the barriers were to sexual health information and how we could change this.