On average, there are four babies born to teen mothers every day in Idaho.
The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention initiative seeks to build personal skills of young men and women, and community strengths to prevent negative health outcomes such as unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and violence.
The Wise Guys Male Responsibility Program advocates for health and equality for young men, ages 13-19 in foster care, juvenile corrections, residential treatment facilities, and other settings. Lack of male involvement in reproductive health is consistently cited as a significant risk factor in many negative outcomes, such as unplanned pregnancy. Wise Guys promotes development of skill and behaviors for young men to create healthier relationships and more promising futures.
Many of the adverse health outcomes we seek to prevent can be either directly or indirectly linked to inequality and oppression. We also believe that communities can create their own effective solutions to promoting equality and health. We engage young men and women in late adolescence and early adulthood to address violence, unplanned pregnancy, and STI’s in their own communities, in their own ways.
The Idaho Coalition is building the capacity of community and governmental organizations to promote young men’s responsibility to prevent violence, unplanned pregnancy and other negative health outcomes through two evidence-based approaches – Wise Guys and It’s All One.
Capacity Building Trainings