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For Youth

The teen years can be exciting and confusing. Young people tell us they want accurate information from trusted sources and guidance from caring adults. Here are some great resources developed with and for teens just like you.


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For Parents

If you're a parent of a teen, you know it's a very different world today. You have hopes and dreams for your children, as well as concerns. The good news: you have a lot more influence than you think. And, we're here to help.

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For Programs

When selecting teen pregnancy prevention programs and resources, which ones are best? Over the years, we have focused on those that link prevention with an asset-building approach to development—and on those that have been shown to really work. 

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Report Shows Oklahoma Teen Birth Rates Remain High

Oklahoma’s teen birth rate among 15-19 year olds ranked 2nd highest in the nation, according to the most recent 2012 birth data report from the National Center for Health Statistics. Alarmingly, the report also showed that Oklahoma had the 3rd highest rate for younger teens ages 15-17 years -- and had the highest birth rate for older teens ages 18-19 years, the group that represents the majority of teen births.

Reducing Oklahoma’s high teen birth rates is essential to increasing high school graduation rates and college attendance; maintaining a skilled workforce; and ensuring we have prepared, stable, and self-supporting families.” says Sharon Rodine, Director of Youth Initiatives at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.

The national report highlighted the historic low teen birth rates in the U.S. which declined 6% from 2011 to 2012.  Oklahoma’s teen birth rate remained basically unchanged during this same period, even though the total number of teen births fell 3% between 2011 and 2012, and has decreased 22% compared to five years ago.

Clearly, Oklahoma’s decreasing teen birth rates are following national trends and moving in the right direction, but equally clear is the fact that other states are getting better – faster,” said Terry Smith, CEO/President of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. “We need to learn what other states are doing, especially those where the declines have been the greatest.”

Rodine applauded the teen pregnancy prevention efforts that have been expanding in the two major metro areas, noting that Oklahoma County and Tulsa County represent two out of every five (41%) teen births. “The Central Oklahoma Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaboration is expanding, thanks to leadership from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund in Oklahoma City, and the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy was launched last year thanks to leadership and funding from local community foundations,” she said. “These initiatives hold tremendous promise for our state’s prevention efforts.”

For copies of the 2012 Oklahoma teen birth report, “Oklahoma Alert” and the 2012 State Teen Birth Ranking reports, check the “Fast Facts” section of the Healthy Teens Oklahoma website.