Alliance Announces Grants to Holyoke and Springfield Youth for Projects on Teen Pregnancy

8 Local Organizations Receive Funds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10/3/12

Holyoke, MA: TODAY at 4:30 PM Tapestry Health Center, The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy and the YEAH Network, announced recipients of Healthy Youth Mini Grants at Tapestry Health (306 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040). 8 youth-driven projects in Holyoke and Springfield received grants of $2,300 to $3,000.

Funded proposals include a hip hop recording project on healthy relationships,  peer education on HIV/AIDS, events for parents, training young men as peer leaders on sexual health, creation of a film on teen parenthood, film screening of a youth-made video on teen pregnancy, theatre-based peer education for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) youth, and a youth-run concert showcasing community resources for teen pregnancy prevention.

In 2010 the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the Alliance $5.5 million over 5 years to reduce teen births in Springfield and Holyoke. At 97 births per 1000 teen girls aged 15-19 years old, Holyoke’s teen birth rate is more than 4 times the statewide rate. Springfield’s teen birth rate, at 72 births per 1,000 teen girls, is more than 3 times the state rate.

“These young people are exactly the partners we need if we are to reach the goal of reducing teen pregnancy in Holyoke and Springfield,” said Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy. “But they now take on significant responsibility to give the project their absolute best.”

The funded organizations are:

AIDS Foundation of Western Mass.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke (Keystone Club)

Corporation for Public Management (Young Parents Program)

Holyoke Health Center

Out Now

RFK Children’s Action Corps (EWT School)

Tapestry Health

University of Massachusetts Amherst (Holyoke Center for Excellence 21st Century Program)

Since 2010, the Alliance has granted nearly $900,000 to community agencies, schools, and health clinics in Springfield and Holyoke for teen pregnancy prevention efforts.

The awards are made possible by Cooperative Agreement Number 5U58DP002927 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Adolescent Health.