teen pregnancy

LaToya Dennis

Over the past decade, Milwaukee has experienced a 54 percent drop in its teen birth rate, bolstered by dramatic decreases in both the African American and Hispanic populations. 

The United Way and city officials announced the statistics, a few days ago.

To find out what messages are getting through to some young women these days, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis headed over to Carmen Northwest High School to speak with Kenya Brown, Asia Perry, Nyla Clarke, Taylor McCloud and Katelyn Brown.

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Not long ago, the effort to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in Milwaukee was seen as a resounding success.  The rate dropped 56% between 2006 and 2013.

But last month, the latest statistics showed the rate climbed slightly - around 1% - in the past 12 months.  Almost 24 of every 1,000 girls in Milwaukee between 15 or 17 years old gave birth to a child last year. A new public service campaign has taken a different approach to the issue.  It addresses parents who, themselves, had children at a young age. 

Ann-Elise Henzl

Many teenagers in Milwaukee are sexually active. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 52 percent of high schoolers in Milwaukee have had intercourse at least once. The national average is 47 percent. 

A program in Milwaukee is urging teens to adopt safe sex practices in case adults have not raised the subject. A big component of the program is hiring young people to pass out condoms to friends and strangers.

Milwaukee Reports Big Decrease in Teen Pregnancies

Oct 24, 2013
babycanwait.com

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the city has met and exceeded its goal to reduce the teen pregnancy rate earlier than expected.

In 2008, the City of Milwaukee set a goal: lower the teen birth rate 46 percent by 2015. The city has surpassed the goal, three years ahead of schedule.

One of Milwaukee's biggest public health concerns is its high teen pregnancy rate.