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North Carolina Program Pays Girls Not To Get Pregnant

A Greensboro, N.C., organization has an interesting way of keep teens in their community on track. They pay girls between the ages of 12 and 18 $1 a day not to get pregnant.

College-Bound Sisters founder Hazel Brown said her program, which was started in 1996 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is focused on keeping the young women focused on education rather than early motherhood.

The organization has 3 goals for their members: avoid pregnancy, graduate from high school and enroll in college.

Female participants in the program, which is funded through a four-year state grant, are also required to attend weekly meetings to receive their financial incentives.

Any program member who becomes pregnant or leaves the program has her funds split among all remaining members.

Program director Laurie Smith said nearly all members who complete the program also graduate college.


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  • What you did not include here is the fact that on average there are 7.2 pregnancies per 1000 girls. THIS program has had six pregnancies or drop-outs among the 125 girls who have participated in the program. At that rate, once they reach 1000 girls, there will be 48 pregnancies/drop-outs. That’s a HUGE increase compared to the general population not in the program. Soooo… what happens with the money runs out? Do we really want to encourage girls to protect their health and their futures by PAYING them to make good choices? How about instilling good values in young people again and letting them suffer natural consequences of promiscuous behavior? Sonya Haskins http://www.thehomeschooladvocate.com

  • I belive that this is a wonderful idea to young girls im sexualy active person but i have not done it in a while because i thought to myself am i really ready for a kid? and if i do get preg. could i support it the way i should? so that is why i decided not to have sex with the love of my life which ive been dating 2 years. An he agreed that this was the right decision for us.Once again this program is a great a idea for young teenage girl like me and im 15 years old im not in the program because i dont need to be in it. i would rather let somone that needs it rather than me.

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