August 16, 2017
To our supporters, donors, partners, and friends:
I write to you today with important news about the future of the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy.
Founded in 1979 by eleven youth agencies seeking to reduce the teen birth rate and improve teen parent services, the Alliance has become a strong voice and advocate for young parents, teen pregnancy prevention, and teen reproductive health. Today, Massachusetts has the third lowest teen birth rate in the nation and more teen parents have stayed in school, received job training, and become self-supporting because of the Alliance’s efforts. We are incredibly proud of the role we have played in this work. We also recognize that there is more work to be done to reduce disparities among specific populations of young adults still unable to access health care and pregnancy prevention programs.
However, due to the current funding environment for teen pregnancy prevention and the changing needs of the communities we serve, we believe that other community-based organizations are better positioned to take on these challenges. Following a careful and thoughtful business planning process, the Board of Directors made the difficult decision to stop all operations after June 30, 2018 and move to dissolve the Alliance.
Our policy work will continue through June 2018 on a limited basis. The Young Men Matter Too (YM2) program serving Springfield & Holyoke is wrapping up the third year of a three-year grant and was already scheduled to end on August 31, 2017. We have an additional year on our Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) federal grant to deliver teen pregnancy prevention programing in Lawrence, and we will deliver fully on the grant as planned through June 2018. Our funders and partners in this project have reaffirmed their commitment as well.
Positions connected to the YM2 program will be ending as planned with the end of the grant. Those staff will be leaving the Alliance by the end of September. Policy staff will remain on a part-time basis through June 2018, and staff working on the OAH grant will remain in place through June 2018. Gloria Franqui, who has been Interim Executive Director at the Alliance since October 2016, will remain at the Alliance to manage the transition in partnership with the Board. The Board is also engaging legal counsel to make sure the dissolution process is conducted thoughtfully and in accordance with all state and federal laws.
Without our dedicated staff, board, partners, funders, and donors, the gains made for young people over the last 35 years would not have been possible. We are incredibly grateful for the community’s support and trust that we will find different ways to continue this incredibly important work for many years to come.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me at Boardchair@massteenpregnancy.org
Chair of the Board