Thrive: A Sexual Health Collective for Youth is excited to announce its public launch. Thrive is leading a communitywide public-private collaboration with a bold vision to reduce the teen birth rate in central Oklahoma by one third by 2020.
Oklahoma is one of the states with the highest teen birth rate in the U.S. A partnership of organizations has been fighting for years to bring those numbers down. There’s that phrase–Knowledge is power, and Thrive, a public private collaboration, says that giving teens information is a major factor in a decline in Oklahoma’s teen birth rate.
Thrive is currently soliciting proposals from community organizations that would like to participate. Selected organizations will be guided through a process of creating innovative, equitable, and sustainable strategies and projects that empower and equip caregivers.
Selected as 1 of 13 organizations to receive highly competitive federal teen pregnancy prevention grant
Thrive has been selected by the Office of Population Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as one of only 13 organizations in the country to receive a “Tier 2 Innovation and Impact Network Grant: Achieving Optimal Health and Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Key Priorities.”.
In 2015, advocates planned to reduce the rate by one-third by 2020. Those targeted efforts proved extremely successful, lowering the teen birth rate instead by 42% in 2019. Health advocates have a new goal — lower the rate by an additional 25% by 2025.
An Oklahoma County mission announced a major reduction in teen pregnancy rates Wednesday.Thrive is a sexual health collective for youth, founded as a mission in 2015 with the mission of teaching teens about their bodies and pregnancy prevention.“Oklahoma has the third highest teen birth rate in the country, which means that we have one of the highest teen birth rates in the developed world,” CEO of Thrive Laura Lang said.
Oklahoma does not have required sex education in schools, and across the state what is offered in most schools is far from expert considered comprehensive. But a trio of bills making their way through the state legislature may help bring Oklahoma’s sex ed in some cases into the 21st century.
As a mother at just 17 years of age, Leslie Marban of Oklahoma City has a tough road ahead. The statistics make that abundantly clear.