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 www.teenpregnancy.org
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 jacksonville.com; 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 hairweb.com
Center for Law and Social Policy
Channel One News and ChannelOne.com
Child Welfare League of America
Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Cristina la Revista and cristinaonline.com
Family Life Council ("Wise Guys")
FOX Broadcasting Company
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation/Straight Talk
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 beinggirl.com
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Ricki Lake and ricki.com
Save the Children
Society for Adolescent Medicine
Students Against Destructive Decisions, Inc.
The Bravo Group
The WB Network and thewb.com
The Welfare to Work Partnership
Youth Build, USA
YWCA of the U.S.A.