We must reduce teen pregnancy.
We all wish to live in a community that is physically, socially & economically healthy. In looking at both the causes & effects of an unhealthy community, there is one issue that stands out: teen pregnancy.
While there are many very committed people & organizations doing noble work with Milwaukee youth, such efforts have not succeeded in significantly reducing the alarming rate of teen births.
Therefore, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, along with its community partners, examined the issue of teen pregnancy as it relates to the overall health of our community and breaking the cycle of poverty.
In April 2008, the organization & its community volunteer Teen Pregnancy Prevention Oversight Committee announced a goal to reduce Milwaukee’s birth rate among 15-17 year old's 46% by 2015. This goal would reduce that rate to 30 per 1000. This is the first time an organization or individual has set forth a community wide goal for teen pregnancy prevention in Milwaukee.
In 2006 55.4 per 1,000 15-17 year old girls gave birth. Then in 2007 there was a huge drop to 47 births per 1,000 in the city. Data shows that there were 46.73 births per 1,000 females aged 15-17 years old in 2008, which is a slight drop from 2007. This trend continued--in 2011, the Health Department announced that in 2010 there were 35.7 births per 1,000 females aged 15-17 years old. Milwaukee’s teen birth is at an historically low level! We are one step closer to reaching our goal.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee continues to lead the charge by rallying community leaders and mobilizing resources to address this public health crisis.
Learn more about Milwaukee's teen pregnancy epidemic and what United Way of Greater Milwaukee is doing to end it.
BabyCanWait.com was created in 2008 by United Way of Greater Milwaukee, SERVE Marketing, Northwoods Software and residents from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; site content is managed by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee staff.
This website provides Milwaukee's youth access to the knowledge and resources that will help them make safer and healthier choices. Research says that kids want straightforward answers to their questions about puberty, sex & relationships. They aren't always comfortable asking their parents or guardians.
While we always recommend teens talk to a trusted adult, this site provides additional information and straight talk. It's our goal that this resource will help reduce teen pregnancy and enable our community's children to grow up healthy and safe, and delay parenthood until they are adults..
Please contact us for more information.