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 & Waukesha County, 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.
Teen birth rates have dropped 65% in Milwaukee since 2006, surpassing the goal set by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha-led Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative in 2008. The goal was to reduce teen birth rates by 46% by 2015 – it was considered one of the most ambitious goals ever set in the nation.
In 2013 the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative announced another ambitious goal – to reduce the 2013 overall rate by another 50%, to 11.4 births per 1,000, by 2023. The initiative’s success is attributed to an all-hands-on-deck approach adopted by the community, which has been honored nationally as a model for other cities.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County 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 & Waukesha County is doing to end it.
BabyCanWait.com was created in 2008 by United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, SERVE Marketing, Northwoods Software and residents from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; site content is managed by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County 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.