On May 14, 2015, to honor Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (May), the staff of the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy traveled to Dillon to celebrate the work and dedication of local providers, legislators, and community members who are doing great things throughout the county. A proclamation was signed acknowledging May as National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.
The visit to Dillon was hosted by the Dillon County Teen Pregnancy Task Force, led by McLeod Dillon.
In the last decade, the teen birth rate in South Carolina decreased by 54% (1992-2013) according to Carol Singletary, Senior Advisor for Outreach at the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. "Teen pregnancy impacts the health, education and economics of teen mothers and their children. Only 38% of teen mothers graduate from high school and only 2% receive a college degree," said Singletary.
Chris Rollison, Technical Assistance Coordinator at the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, sits on the Dillon County Teen Pregnancy Task Force. He shared that Dillon County has seen a 51% decrease in the past ten years. "While success should be celebrated, we must not confuse progress with victory." added Chris. "More than 4,700 teens give birth in our state each year. Dillon’s teen pregnancy rate is twice the state rate, which is above the national average. Dillon County sees over 60 teens giving birth each year. Currently, Dillon County has the 3rd highest teen birth rate among counties in SC."
The Road Show, now in its 7th year, raises awareness of teen pregnancy as SC Campaign staff meet with key leaders to inform them of the issue and the consequences teen pregnancy has on South Carolina; meet with local teen pregnancy prevention providers to discuss solutions; and hold awareness events to inform community leaders and stakeholders about the impact of teen pregnancy on our state and individual communities.