Teen Pregnancy Prevention with a Reproductive Justice Approach

Published on 
September 29, 2015



A blog post by Mia Humphreys

Over the past year, the SYPP Center, a capacity building program within the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, in collaboration with Youth Policy Institute, has been facilitating a community mobilization project in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The project, supported through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Adolescent Health and under a subcontract with Advocates for Youth, is bringing together adult allies and youth leaders to promote the sexual and reproductive health and wellness of all young people in the Hollywood Area.

Led by a leadership team of community stakeholders, this project has vowed from the beginning to implement teen pregnancy prevention differently with a strong focus on strengthening access and linkages to critical sexual and reproductive health services, supporting (not shaming) teen parents and acknowledging the intersecting social determinants of health that create health inequities among young people. Now launching the second year of the project, the group is starting to put their plans to action.

Ultimately, the project aims to create a replicable model to assist other communities in the development of community mobilization projects and incorporate reproductive justice principles into traditional teen pregnancy prevention spaces.

Current partner agencies include: Youth Policy Institute, ACLU of Southern California, APEX Academy, California Family Health Council, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and The Williams Institute.

For updates and more information, please contact the SYPP Center at sypp@chla.usc.edu