California Teen Pregnancy Prevetion Day

California still has one of the highest teen births in the nation. This results in serious implications for the teens,tax payers, their children and the community. 22 percent of teens giving birth in California had given birth previously. Up to 80% of parenting and pregnant teens drop out of school and acquire less skills to be self-sufficient. Majority of teen parents depend on welfare Unemployment. Unemployment rates are high for teen parents. Billions of dollars in State and Federal money is spent on teen pregnancy related issues. We, therefore, request California Legislators to assign a day each year as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day in all high schools to promote more awareness among California teens. While we recognize the attendant involvement, we are confident that our State representitives will have no difficulty in presenting and approving this legislation. This petition will be mailed to the Legislators by March 10,2003. If you support our proposal for California Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day, please add your signature below.

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Kathleena Smith and Clara Osagie-Amayo are graduate students at Cal-State Bakersfield. We are introducing this petition as part of a class project. We thank you for yourconsideration and participation with this project.

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