Holyoke Adolescent Sexual Health and
Pregnancy Prevention Task Force
Mission: The task force will develop a community based, multifaceted approach to decrease teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in Holyoke.
Vision: The task force will collaborate across divers sectors of our community to develop a city-wide system that gives our youth hope for the future, and opportunity to reach their goals. The task force will work to provide medically accurate, comprehensive sexual health education to our youth. We will lay the foundation for providing Holyoke's teens with the capacity for making healthy choices and the opportunity to receive information about sexual health and accessible sexual health services. The task force aims for a Holyoke that offers each youth a well-rounded education, access to services, and community engagement that contributes to the success of our city and its residents.
The state of Massachusetts has one of the lowest teen pregnancy and birth rates in the country, but the city of Holyoke has rates that compare to the states that have the highest. For many years, the city of Holyoke has ranked number one in the state of Massachusetts with the highest teen pregnancy and birth rates. The disparity between the state and city rates was shocking and spearheaded the creation of the Holyoke Adolescent Sexual Health and Pregnancy Prevention Task Force.
The You Have Choices Campaign and logo was designed by Holyoke Teens as part of the Holyoke Teen Pregnancy Prevention week in May of 2013. Every year during May Holyoke plans specific community activities to raise awareness around teen pregnancy prevention and promote ongoing efforts to prevent teen pregnancy.
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