Our mission is to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation.
Our strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy, especially among single young adults.
We support a combination of responsible behavior by both men and women, and responsible policies in both the public and private sectors.
When we are successful, child and family well-being will improve. There will be less poverty, more opportunity for young people to complete their education or achieve other life goals, fewer abortions, and a stronger nation.
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.
What We Do
We work 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 do this by increasing information, access, and opportunity. Specifically, we:
Serve as a trusted source of information and research-based solutions.
Support professionals and mentors to have a positive impact on young people’s ability to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child.
Meet young people where they are with the accurate, non-judgmental information they need to make informed decisions about and gain access to contraceptive services.
Work with policymakers, leaders, and advocates to advance policies that guarantee equitable access to sexual health information and the full range of contraceptive methods.
Work with the media and key influencers to reflect and affirm that young people have the power to decide their future.
Serve as conveners and catalysts, creating likely and unlikely partnerships and offering a place for everyone at the table.
In all we do, we are non-partisan and non-ideological, and we ground our work in research and evidence of what is most effective. We know it works. In our 20+ years of work, we’ve seen historic declines in rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy. But progress is not victory, and our work is not done.
Interested in joining our organization and helping ensure that all young people have the power to decide? We are committed to adding dedicated and dynamic individuals to our team. Our offices, located in the heart of the nation’s capital, are a fun and fast-paced place to work. Check out our open opportunities!