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Wednesday, May 22 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2A: The Myths and Misinformation of Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Tennessee

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Although teen pregnancy rates are categorically declining across the country, Tennessee continues to rank as the 9th highest. Additionally, sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates amongst teens and young adults continues to rise in alarming degrees. While Tennessee does have a law that dictates how Family Life Education (sex ed.) should be taught within public schools there is a great deal of confusion complicated by the “myths and misinformation” of teen sexual health. Participants in this session will develop a better understanding of how these myths contribute to Tennessee's high teen pregnancy and STI rates. Additionally, educators will see how starting age appropriate sexual health information early, and reeducating often, can have a dramatic effect on strengthening protective factors, as well as, reducing the risk factors related to sexual decision making. Finally, participants will be given a list of resources that they can take in to their own classrooms enabling them to be an “approachable adult”.

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Amanda McGeshick

Program Coordinator, Centerstone of Tennessee
Amanda McGeshick is a Program Coordinator for Centerstone's Teen Pregnancy Prevention program (Be In Charge2) with over eight years of experience delivering evidence based teen pregnancy prevention programming to Tennessee schools. Amanda is currently pursuing her master's degree... Read More →