teen pregnancy http://kut.org en How Teen Pregnancies at Mendez Middle School Were Cut Down to Zero http://kut.org/post/how-teen-pregnancies-mendez-middle-school-were-cut-down-zero <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This article is part of KUT's yearlong series <a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Turning the Corner</a>, taking a look at Austin's Dove Springs neighborhood.&nbsp;For decades, the neighborhood has had a negative reputation. Now, many community members are trying to change the perception of the 78744 zip code.&nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://kut.org/topic/dove-springs-turning-corner" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Listen to those stories here</a>.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the 2012-2013 school year, the Austin school district reported 303 student pregnancies districtwide.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">22 of those pregnancies were middle school students.</span></p><p>Despite its location in the neighborhood with the highest rate of teen pregnancy in Travis County, n<span style="line-height: 1.5;">one of them were at Mendez Middle School.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So what happened?&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148590964&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 15:59:07 +0000 Kate McGee 10382 at http://kut.org How Teen Pregnancies at Mendez Middle School Were Cut Down to Zero Student Parents Want More Visibility at Texas Universities http://kut.org/post/student-parents-want-more-visibility-texas-universities <p><em>KUT News intern Lynn Romero is a graduate student at UT-Austin. She had a daughter at age 18, and was surprised by the invisibility of students like her on campus when she started school at UT several years later. She wondered how many other student parents there were – so she tried to find out.</em></p><p>Texas has one of the <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/states/tx.html">highest teen pregnancy rates</a> in the United States. And those teens who have children before they finish high school are less likely to graduate high school, let alone make it to college. But what happens to those who do?</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.iwpr.org/">Institute for Women's Policy Research</a>, nationally about 13 percent of all undergraduates at four year universities have kids.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">UT-Austin junior Vanessa </span>Pulido<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is one of those students. Halfway through freshman year, she gave birth to her son, Isaiah. When she started school pregnant, she worried how people would react.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147621642&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 14:01:50 +0000 Lynn Romero 10338 at http://kut.org Student Parents Want More Visibility at Texas Universities In Dove Springs, Defying the Downward Trend in Teen Pregnancy http://kut.org/post/dove-springs-defying-downward-trend-teen-pregnancy <p>Damaris&nbsp;Covarrubias&nbsp;lives in Dove Springs, with her entire extended family. It is a huge family. So large in fact, that&nbsp;Damaris&nbsp;has never stopped to actually count how many there are.</p><p>“Okay, my grandparents, I think they had 9 kids. Cousins? I think there’s like 30 or 40 of us. Including the little ones? I don’t know. And now every cousin’s having babies so it keeps on growing and growing,”&nbsp;Covarrubias&nbsp;admits.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:18:59 +0000 Joy Diaz 9517 at http://kut.org In Dove Springs, Defying the Downward Trend in Teen Pregnancy What's Next for Austin's Sex Ed Program Targeting Teen Pregnancy? http://kut.org/post/whats-next-austins-sex-ed-program-targeting-teen-pregnancy <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F112644813" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Between 2005 and 2010,&nbsp;Austin school district&nbsp;saw the number of pregnant students in the district steadily increase. By the end of the 2009 school year, the district identified 400 students who were pregnant or who were already parents. (The district doesn&#39;t separate whether or not the student parents are male or female.)</p><p>In 2010, AISD partnered with Planned Parenthood and the non-profit Lifeworks to implement a program aimed at preventing teen pregnancy in middle and high schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:01:07 +0000 Kate McGee 8806 at http://kut.org What's Next for Austin's Sex Ed Program Targeting Teen Pregnancy? Teen Birth Rates Down in Texas http://kut.org/post/teen-birth-rates-down-texas <p>The rate of <a href="http://kut.org/2011/05/eyes-on-texas-teen-pregnancy/">teen pregnancies in Texas</a>&nbsp;fell by 15 percent from 2007 to 2010.</p><p><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db89.htm#teen">A new report</a> by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the number of 15 to 19 year-old girls having babies in Texas dropped from nearly 62 in every 1,000 to about 52 per 1,000.</p><p>54,281 Texas teens gave birth in 2007. That number went down by 6,530 to 47,751 in 2010.</p><p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:16:51 +0000 Laura Rice 4006 at http://kut.org Teen Birth Rates Down in Texas UT Study Recommends More Sex Ed To Prevent Teen Births http://kut.org/post/ut-study-recommends-more-sex-ed-prevent-teen-births <p><a href="http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/07/19/texas_teen_report/">A University of Texas study</a> funded by the <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/">Texas Department of State Health Services</a> says expanding sexual health education in public schools could help reduce teen births in Texas, a state with <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/acrossstates/Rankings.aspx?ind=6053">one of the highest</a> teen pregnancy rates in the country.&nbsp; Texas <a href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6518304.html">dropped a health education requirement </a>for high school students in 2009, making it one of the only states in the country not to require it.</p><p>Traditionally, it was thought that the best way to prevent teen pregnancy was to encourage kids to wait until they finish school and get a job before having kids. The report found that teens and parents of all ethnic groups tend to agree. Yet teenage girls are still getting pregnant and having babies. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:50:22 +0000 Kelsey Sheridan 1989 at http://kut.org UT Study Recommends More Sex Ed To Prevent Teen Births