BAPS Meets With Delegation About Teen Pregnancy
As part of Human Rights Summit hosted by the American Friends Service Committee last week in Washington, D.C., Logan High Seniors Ciara Campbell and Jimetta Early met with Senator Manchin, Congressman Rahall, and staff with Senator Rockefeller to discuss real solutions to teen pregnancy.
Campbell and Early are spokeswomen for the Believing All is Possible or (BAPS) Youth Leadership Group.
Campbell says teen pregnancy is a huge problem in West Virginia.
“West Virginia is ranked 9th in teen pregnancy. It’s is decreasing everywhere else and increasing here. At our school there is no sex ed class or anything to teach students about their responsibility. You have a bunch of young girls getting pregnant and having no idea what they will have to deal with,” Campbell said.
She says teen pregnancy is not only a health and cultural issue but, it is a cause of long term generational poverty.
“You end up having to drop out of school. You struggle to even get a GED and don’t get to go to college. There are no decent paying jobs available without at least a high school diploma. There is no way to make ends meet with a baby,” Campbell said.
BAPS youth leaders will next meet with Senators on the Senate Select Committee on Child Poverty and speak about teen pregnancy prevention at the Senate Select Committee on Child Poverty meeting July 23rd at 7pm at the Logan campus of southern.