Focusing on three areas—teen pregnancy prevention, physical activity and nutrition, and healthy relationships—GCAPP’s mission is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of young people in Georgia. GCAPP works to give young people the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. Through trainings and collaboration GCAPP reaches nearly 30,000 teens, parents, health educators and like-minded individuals and organizations a year. We believe if young people make it through adolescence unencumbered by teen pregnancy, physically healthy, and involved in healthy relationships, they will be primed to unleash their full power and potential and have a much better shot at succeeding.
GCAPP was founded in 1995 as the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention when Georgia had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. Since its founding Georgia has seen teen birth rates drop by more than 50%! Similarly, there are nearly 1 million children in Georgia who are either obese or overweight. GCAPP sees its work in improving physical activity and nutrition for adolescents as a call to action in the same way it began working to significantly reduce teen pregnancy almost 20 years ago.
Teen pregnancy prevention continues to be GCAPP’s core work because, despite deep declines, Georgia continues to be one of the states with the highest teen pregnancy rates. But we’re on the right track. Last year, Georgia produced the second biggest decline in teen birth rates in the nation. This means that more young people are making the choice to delay sex or use contraceptives; more are finishing high school; more will have a much better chance of earning a living wage, escaping poverty and have a better future. Please join us in this life-changing work.
Visit us at www.gcapp.org