Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Young Men…Take Control of Your Lives!
As his departure nears, I think about all of the young men who may have made different life choices like giving in to social pressures such as substance abuse or sexual activity. My heart also goes out to all of the teen fathers who never knew that one night of passion could inevitably turn into a lifetime commitment. I think it is very important to teach our young men about goal setting and making a plan for their lives. In the context of teen pregnancy prevention, we often forget our young men when it takes two to tango. I think young men should be educated during middle school and high school about the different paths that they can take in life and about the consequences associated with their actions. My little brother made the conscientious decision to take control of his life, when so many of his friends decided to engage in risky health behaviors. I am overjoyed and filled with so much pride and admiration for my little brother’s decision to enlist in the United States Navy! I challenge all young men to think about what they want out of life and to seek mentors that can help guide them along the way!
God Bless my little brother and God Bless America!
by Dr. India Rose, PhD, Project Manager, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy