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Jaguars Foundation joins national partnership

The Jaguars Foundation announced it has partnered with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for the first-ever National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy ("National Day") on May 8, 2002. Co-founded by Teen People Magazine and Teen People On-line, the National Day, will include online interaction with teens all across the country - giving them reality-based scenarios and asking them to describe how they would respond. This will allow teens to take active thought in their pre-decision making. Teens can participate by logging on directly to the National Campaign's website

The National Campaign is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to improve the well-being of children and families by reducing teen pregnancy. The organization's goal is to reduce the teen pregnancy rate by one-third between 1996 and 2005.

Delores Barr Weaver,Chair/CEO of the Jaguars Foundation and co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars said, "The Jaguars Foundation is pleased to partner with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for the first-ever 'National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy' on May 8, 2002. We applaud this nationwide effort to get teens engaged and proactive in good and responsible decision-making. We are glad to partner with national organizations to make teen pregnancy prevention a top priority and to get our communities involved in making a difference. To have a nationally recognized day on the issue of teen pregnancy is a great step in our collective efforts to educate our youth."

As a partner, the Jaguars Foundation is informing the Jacksonville media of this event and has contacted local community agencies about the National Day and asked them to encourage their youth to participate on the online event.

The month of May is already nationally recognized as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. An annual effort of the Jaguars Foundation to highlight this important issue during the month of May is its live television special. For the past two years, the Foundation has worked with the Jacksonville media to produce a live town hall forum for teenagers to air in May. This year's forum, supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, will be hosted by national celebrity talk show personality Ananda Lewis. It will be broadcast live from the WJCT-7 studio on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 8:00PM, simulcast on WJXT-4 and; and will be rebroadcast from May 24-29 on all the other local stations. Some information and assistance for the content of the forum is provided by the National Campaign.

The National Day is sponsored by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the National Day's founding partners, Teen People magazine and Teen People Online. In addition, more than 80 prominent national organizations, media outlets, intergovernmental organizations, businesses, membership associations, and youth groups have signed on as National Day partners and are helping spread the word about the National Day and the quiz. The list of partners is as follows:

Advocates for Youth

American Academy of Pediatrics

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Medical Association

American Public Health Association

American School Health Association

ASPIRA Association, Inc.

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Black Celebrity Hairstyles & Trends and

Bolt, Inc.

Candie's Foundation

Center for Law and Social Policy

Channel One News and

Child Welfare League of America

City Year

Columbia TriStar Domestic Television

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Covenant House

Cristina la Revista and

Family Life Council ("Wise Guys")

FOX Broadcasting Company

Girls Incorporated

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation/Straight Talk

Katrillion Media

MANA, A National Latina Organization

March of Dimes

MEE Productions, Inc.

Mexican American Community Services Agency

National 4-H Council

National Association of Attorneys General

National Association of Commissions for Women

National Association of School Nurses

National Campaign Against Youth Violence

National Conference of State Legislatures

National Congress of American Indians

National Council of La Raza

National Education Association

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association

National Fatherhood Initiative

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

National League of CitiesNational Organization of Concerned Black Men

National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention

National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families

National School Boards Association

Network for Family Life Education

New York Times Learning Network

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy

Ogilvy & Mather and OgilvyOne

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.

Procter & Gamble and

Radio Unica

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Ricki Lake and

Save the Children

Sex, Etc.

Society for Adolescent Medicine

Students Against Destructive Decisions, Inc.

The Bravo Group

The WB Network and

The Welfare to Work Partnership

Youth Build, USA

Youth Venture

YWCA of the U.S.A.

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