Thrive is leading a public-private collaboration to reduce the teen birth rate in Central Oklahoma and educate teens on safe sex practices.
Oklahoma’s teen birth rate is the second highest in the nation, and Oklahoma County has the highest number of teen births in the state. Pregnancy and parenting among teens results in greater risks of poverty, health issues, unstable housing and employment, and food insecurity. Teen pregnancy prevention is a key strategy in the reduction of poverty.
The Thrive collaboration, formed in 2012, created a bold vision to reduce the teen birth rate in Oklahoma County by one third by 2020. They came up with three main points to focus on in obtaining this goal.
Education -- provide age-appropriate, evidence-based sexual health education in schools.
Medical -- ensure access to teen friendly reproductive health services, including a full range of contraceptives, to sexually active youth.
Community -- engage youth, parents, faith communities and youth-serving organizations in teen pregnancy prevention efforts.
We will be donating $1 from every item purchased from this collection to THRIVE OKC to help them continue educating teens about safe sex.