our town 4 teens

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Can pro-life and pro-choice advocates even be in the same room? With the right event structure, absolutely. Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) wanted to introduce OurTown4Teens.org as a resource to Texas cities with the highest rates of teen pregnancy. The websitewhich has not been updated since 2014, was developed to be a resource and communication tool for local communities to share best practices. My job was to design OurTown4Teens Community Conversations to educate communities on the website's resources, and find common ground between organizations on teen pregnancy prevention.

Insights: 

  • Partnership between pro-life and pro-choice advocates is possible if the conversation is focused on reducing teen pregnancy
  • Teen pregnancy rates in Texas declined alongside an increase in implementation sex education
  • State government agencies dependent on volatile federal funding should not build websites that require ongoing maintenance 

Results:

My roles:

  • Designed and wrote a curriculum to engage the target audience and assist creation of event materials, view an early schematic and event plan
  • Facilitated events in seven cities, including Beaumont, Brownsville, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland, Round Rock, and Tyler
  • Mediated discussion on sensitive topics such as race, class, abortion, and education
  • Managed the certification process for social workers' continuing education certification