|Credit: Child and Family Mental Health|
Let’s Talk Month has always been important to me as a professional because it emphasizes the importance of supporting and partnering with parents as it relates to preventing teen pregnancy and preparing young people for maturity in relationships. Now, as a parent, I realize that campaigns like this are crucial in helping us get through every stage of this journey called parenting. This process is not about teaching parents something they don’t know or judging their performance – rather it’s about SUPPORT. Although this does include education and guidance at the core of this campaign, it is the realization that we are all connected and everyone, not just parents, are impacted by young people’s growth and development within our communities.
I started working in teen pregnancy prevention in my early twenties, when my perspective was all about mentoring young people and providing resources for parents. Over the past decade, I have grown tremendously as a professional, and I credit the experience of leading local public awareness campaigns such as Let’s Talk Month, with preparing me for this new journey: parenting and helping develop a mature, respectful young man.
About Let’s Talk Month
Let's Talk Month is lead by Advocates for Youth. Each October, groups across the nation, including the SC Campaign, promote effective communication between young people and the adults they trust, especially their parents. Let's Talk Month emphasizes the importance of a strong partnership between the community and families in helping young people develop responsible, positive, sexual health attitudes and behaviors.
by Kimberly Wicker, Outreach & Development Specialist, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy