We are so excited to tell you about a new, innovative project to reduce teen pregnancy: the Youth Storytelling Project! Our Youth Leadership Council members are helping us tell the story of teen pregnancy in Okanogan County and the day-to-day struggles faced by those most at risk. Youth in our county know that teen pregnancy is tied to poverty, race, homelessness, immigration status, a lack of access to services, and other intersecting barriers. This project is designed to make visible the struggles and solutions our youth have named as critical to upending the startling statistic that one in twenty young girls in Okanogan County will become a parent before reaching adulthood.
As many of you know, federal funding for evidenced Teen Pregnancy Prevention is coming to an early end under the current administration. Despite the cut in federal funding, Room One is committed to ensuring youth across Okanogan County have the knowledge, skill and resources they need to plan for their futures. Our ambitious goal remains the same: to help our communities understand the complex causes of teen pregnancy in our county, and build real, lasting solutions.