Move to cut federal teen pregnancy money sparks fear in South Georgia

Angelina Jackson of Edison, Ga., population 1,451, likes the classroom work she does for Quest for Change.

The 17-year-old is proud of the “scenario” she and her fellow teenagers set up at Calhoun County High School placing classmates in the role of a girl who had unprotected sex and doesn’t know whether she’s pregnant.

They set up desks around the room in the role of different services the teen might have to navigate, and they sent the student through the conversations and decisions they’d have to make either way.

Quest for Change, a youth and family development-focused nonprofit run out of tiny Dawson, Ga., trained Jackson and other teenagers in how to discuss pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and healthy relationships with their peers.

But the program will almost certainly be shuttered by this time next year. It is one of three in Georgia that saw its money for anti-teen pregnancy initiatives abruptly cut short by the Trump administration earlier this month.

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Starik
Starik

Have South Georgia Trump voters figured out what's happening yet?

palepadre
palepadre

The situation that develops,is kickback from parents and religious groups. One may believe it is their job to educate the young people. Others fear indoctrination, that will open young people to ignoring their parents wishes. I believe the best sex education is bringing in,or reading the true comments of women. Telling the young people how much having a child without enough money, and having to go it alone is a terrific burden. It doesn't take the government or tons of money.