Working With Peers to Reduce Teen Pregnancy

First Lady Chirlane McCray with members of the NYC Teens Connection Youth Leadership Council at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 22. (Photo by Stephanie Daniel for Voices of NY)

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray met with the NYC Teens Connection Youth Leadership Council Feb. 22 in Brooklyn. The first lady congratulated the high school students on the work they do to educate their peers about sexual and reproductive health. Led by the council, the goal of the NYC Teens Connection is to reduce the number of unintended teen pregnancies in 16 communities in the Bronx, North and Central Brooklyn and the North Shore of Staten Island. These neighborhoods have the highest unplanned pregnancy rates in the city.

NYC Teens Connection is an adolescent sexual health program that links high schools and other youth-oriented organizations with health clinics. These partnerships give teens greater access to sexual health education and medical care. The program started in 2015 and is an extension of the Bronx Teens Connection, a federally funded program that began seven years ago. The NYC Teens Connection is a part of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Stephanie Daniel, 2016 graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, was at the leadership council meeting and spoke with peer counselors and First Lady McCray. Listen to her report below.

This report is the second in a series of Voices of NY stories that will look at health equity issues in the NYC area. Support for the series has been provided by the New York State Nurses Association.

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