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 to ensure a more powerful future for us all. GCAAP works to give young people the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. GCAPP believes 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 45%. Similarly, Georgia ranks third in the nation for overweight children between 10-17 years old. 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. Through education, training sessions, advocacy, and collaboration, GCAPP reaches more than 30,000 tens, parents, health educators, youth service professionals, and like-minded organizations that instill the power of positive choices and prevent unhealthy behaviors that are known to inhibit a vibrant future.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention…because teen pregnancy continues to be the #1 reason girls drop out of school, and because 13,000 teen girls in Georgia become parents too soon and face challenges most will never overcome, costing Georgia taxpayers $465 million a year.
Nutrition & Physical Activity…because there are nearly 1 million children in Georgia who are either overweight or obese and their quality of life is at stake.
Healthy Relationships…because healthy relationships with friends, peers and adults are critically important for healthy adolescent outlook and development.
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. In the last two years Georgia produced one of the biggest declines in teen birth rates, making it one of the top 10 states to see significant drops. 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. GCAPP is now working to move out of the bottom 25 states with the highest teen pregnancy and birth rates. Please join us in this live-changing work.