DURHAM, N.C. (May 16, 2012) - The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina (APPCNC) presented awards to some of the state’s leading prevention advocates and experts in a ceremony on Tuesday night. Each year, the awards are presented to recognize accomplishments in teen pregnancy prevention efforts.
The ceremony was part of the 3rd annual Birds and Bees Dinner, which featured North Carolina basketball legends James Worthy and Eric Montross. The theme for the event was “Fathers, Families, and Role Models.”
2012 award winners include:
Youth Leadership Award: Smart Girls Leadership Academy, Greensboro, NC and Thomasville High School Teen PEP, Thomasville, NCThe Youth Leadership Award honors teen pregnancy prevention efforts that significantly involve youth in the planning and implementation processes.
The Smart Girls Leadership Academy provides community engagement opportunities to girls who have completed the Smart Girls curriculum, now offered in every Guilford County middle school and six high schools.
Thomasville High School Teen PEP integrates high school-aged peer educators in the school system’s sex education program. During the 2011-12 academic year, Thomasville High’s Teen PEP participants are on-track to educate 385 7th and 8th graders.
APPCNC Award: Western Youth Network/Children’s Council Teen Parenting ProgramThe APPCNC Award is presented to a local organization in North Carolina that incorporates a well-defined project plan and appropriate interventions into their teen pregnancy prevention programming.
Established in 2009, the Western Youth Network/Children’s Council Teen Parenting Program works with adolescent parents, focusing primarily on helping participants develop a school-parenting balance. More than 90% of participants have graduated from high school and 100% have avoided another pregnancy.
Science Matters Award: Judith Ayala, RCDM Ministries, Gastonia, NCThe Science Matters Award recognizes an individual or organization that makes a concerted effort to apply science-based practices to teen pregnancy prevention efforts.
Judith Ayala of RCDM Ministries has worked to reach Gaston County teens and parents through a faithful replication of the Cuidate curriculum, as well as additional outreach efforts.
Healthy Youth Act Award: Bladen County SchoolsThe Healthy Youth Act Award recognizes a local school system for their success implementing the Healthy Youth Act using effective curricula and practices.
Bladen County Schools has met the educational requirements of the Healthy Youth Act by implementing the Making Proud Choices and Making A Difference curricula, and by investing in teacher training to ease implementation.
Nick Jeralds Advocacy Award: Senator Stan BinghamThe Nick Jeralds Award recognizes the contributions of a sitting North Carolina legislator. It is named for the late Representative Nick Jeralds who first established legislative support for North Carolina’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives.
Senator Stan Bingham was honored for his ongoing support of state-funded Teen Pregnancy Prevention efforts, as well as his support for sex education and anti-bullying legislation.
June Stallings Award: Charles T.L. AndersonThe June Stallings Award recognizes the long-term achievements of a North Carolina resident who advocates for teen pregnancy prevention efforts. The award is named for one of North Carolina’s founding Board members, June Stallings, who helped establish the state’s Adolescent Parenting Program before dying of breast cancer in 1988.
Judge Charles T.L. Anderson was recognized for his long-time advocacy efforts as an APPCNC Board member and advocate, as well as for his work with juvenile offenders as a judge.
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