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CWLA's Florence Crittenton Roundtable 2002, "Choices in a Changing Culture"

6/21/2002:   This month, the US Department of Health and Human Services released new data showing that teen birth rates feel to the lowest point ever in 2001, the 10th straight year of decline. The teen birthrate dropped 5%
from 2000-2001; since 1991, the teen birthrate has declined 26%.

However, the US still has the highest teen birth and pregnancy rates of any industrialized country, and the rates for African American and Hispanic teens remain far above the national average.

A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation of 15 to 24 year olds found that:
  • 88% say sexual health, including HIV/AIDS, other STDs, and pregnancy, is a big concern for people their age.
  • 70% are personally concerned about HIV/AIDS, 72% about other STDs, and 69% about unintended pregnancy.
  • 60% of the 15 to 24 year olds want more information about how a person knows if he/she has HIV/AIDS or other STDs.
  • 57% want more information about the different kinds of birth control available.

At the same time that statistics show improvements in teen birth rates, young people are concerned about sexual health information, and feel that they are not getting enough information to make healthy decisions.

To learn more about the complex issues facing young people and the strategies we can use to help them make responsible, healthy decisions to prevent too-early pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, join us at CWLA's Florence Crittenton Roundtable 2002, "Choices in a Changing Culture," on July 22-24, 2002 in Anaheim, California. The conference will feature more than 50 workshops that promote the Roundtable's theme of empowering decision making for youth, families, and communities by
  • Positive Parenting,
  • Responsible Sexuality,
  • Positive Youth Development, and
  • the Influence of Media and Technology.

Throughout the conference, we will explore ways to encourage the healthy development of young men and women and strategies to enable them to make responsible decisions. We will consider ways to strengthen
families and communities, allowing them to fully support young people's development.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit www.cwla.org/conferences/2002flocirt.htm.

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