Who We Are
In the 1995 State of the Union, President Clinton called out teen pregnancy as “our most serious social problem.” He asked the country to come together to reduce the number of teen pregnancies. We answered his call.
Since our founding in 1996, the rates of teen pregnancies have reached a historic low. But around 80% of pregnancies among women age 18 to 29 are described by the women themselves as unplanned. Which is why in 2005, we expanded our mission to focus on teen and unplanned pregnancy. And why in 2017, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy became Power to Decide.
We are working to ensure that all young people—no matter who they are, where they live, or what their economic status might be—have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child.
We have three goals:
- Reduce teen pregnancy rates by 50% by 2026.
- Reduce unplanned pregnancy rates among women age 18–29 by 25% by 2026.
- Reduce racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in teen and unplanned pregnancy rates by 50% by 2026.
We’ve identified five key strategies critical to achieving these goals:
- Building a system of support that enables young people to act consistently with their decisions about it, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child.
- Activating connections between young people and trusted champions, mentors, or allies with whom they can discuss sex, relationships, and their futures.
- Ensuring that everybody has reliable, resonant, and accurate information about sexual health, including the full spectrum of reproductive health services.
- Ensuring that everybody has access to the full range of contraceptive methods within 60 minutes of where they live.
- Making reproductive life planning standard practice in settings influential in the lives of young people.
In order to succeed, we are working to increase information, access, and opportunity for young people.
We provide trusted, high-quality, accurate information—backed by research—on sexual health and contraceptive methods so young people can make informed decisions.
We won’t stop until every young person has access to accurate, quality sexual health information and the full range of contraceptive methods—without barriers or judgment.
Our work creates opportunities for young people to get informed, take control, and advocate for themselves—and protect the amazing life opportunities that lie ahead.
Our strategies—and their corresponding activities—are designed to address the complex factors that lead to unplanned pregnancy through policy, research, capacity building, convening, and strategic communications.
By building the power to decide, our work creates opportunities for young people to get informed, take control, and advocate for themselves—and to protect the amazing life opportunities that lie ahead.