Healthy Youth

Healthy Youth

One of United Way’s key strategies in helping to reduce teen pregnancy, sexual violence, sex trafficking, and victimization for young people of all genders is the implementation of proven prevention and education programs through the Healthy Youth initiative.

Research has shown that high school girls experiencing dating violence were 4 to 6 times more likely than their non-abused peers to become pregnant and anywhere from 25-80% of adolescent mothers are in abusive relationships before, during, and/or after their pregnancies.

United Way has selected Making Proud Choices!, Reducing the Risk, and Wise Guys as its signature Healthy Youth curricula. All three programs have been used successfully in Milwaukee and nationwide. By implementing the same programs throughout the community, United Way can accurately track progress and results through common outcomes and indicators, while also forming best practices.

Since 2001 the Healthy Youth Initiative, United Way has invested nearly $9 million into Healthy Youth initiative strategies, serving more than 43,000 youth and parents.

In 2019-20, United Way is investing in $470,000 in 12 Healthy Youth programs, which will serve over 2,000 Milwaukee-area youth.
 

Current Impact (2017 – 2018)

Of Healthy Youth Initiative participants:

  • 80% demonstrated an increased understanding and awareness of sexual victimization
  • 82% demonstrated knowledge of the causes of pregnancy and pregnancy prevention
  • 90% demonstrated knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and how to prevent them

Your gift to the Healthy Youth initiative will help move the needle on teen pregnancy reduction and sexual victimization prevention for young people in our community. Donate today.

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Give to the Healthy Youth Initiative

The Women United Endowment Fund will be used to support evidence-based strategies that align with United Way’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative in perpetuity. This fund recognizes the outstanding efforts of Elizabeth Brenner and the women and men who have made significant investments of time, talent, and treasure in this important initiative since its inception.

Current founding members: Aurora Health Care, Nicole Angresano, Elizabeth Brenner, Linda Gorens-Levey, Jacqueline Herd-Barber, Gail Lione, Jan Martin, Christine Liu McLaughlin, Linda Mellowes, Candy Pindyck, Thelma Sias, Lynn Sprangers, and Mary Lou Young.

For more information please contact Jeriah Ebling at 414.263.8156 or via email.

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