How do we reduce teen pregnancy in Okanogan county? We work to make sure teens have a clear path to the future they want for themselves: sexual health education, stable housing, living wages for families, and a place for the voices of powerful, smart youth like Veronica in the circles of decision makers. Veronica is part of Okanogan’s next generation of leadership, and we are behind her 100%.
Questions to deepen the discussion:
Veronica tells us that many of her peers have become pregnant as teens. We know comprehensive sexual health education reduces teen pregnancy rates and increase teens’ ability to make decisions that align with their values and the futures they want for themselves. However, too often in rural communities like ours, teens don’t have access to this important information. How can we as a community help to ensure our teens have access to the skills and resources they need to make decisions about their health and their future?
We know that decisions about youth are often made without their input. Yet, as we can see from Veronica’s story, our county’s youth are aware of the problems they face -- like teen pregnancy, youth homelessness or equitable access to education -- and their input is essential to developing solutions that actually work. How do we ensure youth voices like Veronica’s are centered when we’re talking about issues that affect them?