We are pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new program today under our Pregnant on Campus Initiative called Building a Better Future, which is designed specifically for high schools.
“While the teen pregnancy rate has slowly declined, we still have work to do. Pregnant and parenting teens need support from their communities to help them achieve success as both parents and students. The Building a Better Future program is aimed at training high school student leaders to establish a life-affirming school community and to connect these students to resources that will assist them in their personal, parenting, and educational needs,” said Beth Rahal, Pregnant on Campus Director.
The Building a Better Future program is essentially an extension of SFLA’s successful Pregnant on Campus Initiative in that it provides earlier education on pregnancy support and directs high school pregnant and parenting students towards post-secondary educational achievements (i.e. college degrees).
“We believe that abortion is not the answer to teen pregnancies. These teens must be provided with compassionate support to help them make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families. Together, we can build a future for pregnant and parenting teens by establishing a community of support,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.
Building a Better Future will aim to train high school student leaders in how to educate their community about unplanned teen pregnancy and actively respond with compassion and helpful resources. This program will equip these students with strategies for how to increase advertisement and support of pregnancy resource centers on the high school level, and it will provide vital encouragement and support for parenting teens as they seek educational advancement and success. The hope is to encourage life-affirming pregnancy decisions and to keep parenting students in school.
Since the inception of the Pregnant on Campus Initiative in 2011, the program has grown to include over 180 student groups on college campuses nationwide. Our comprehensive website, PregnantOnCampus.org, houses searchable resources for pregnant and parenting students in over 550 campus communities as well as hundreds of other parenting student and student leader resources.
“We have found that our college student leaders are eager to get involved in the Pregnant on Campus Initiative because it gives student leaders tangible ways to help their peers and provides a solution-oriented approach to abolishing abortion in their communities,” said Rahal.
Hawkins shared, “We are hopeful high school students will have the same enthusiasm as our college leaders and we can’t wait to get started on showing the inherent compassion and love that our pro-life students have and that we get to see every day.”