Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Alyssa Ruderman, Campaigns Manager – Sex, Violence & Relationships at DoSomething.org.
Most teens know raising a baby isn’t easy, but they don’t always know exactly how much their day-to-day life could change if they were to become a teen parent. In fact, even though almost 1 in 3 girls in the U.S. will become pregnant at least once by the time they are 20, as it currently stands, nearly half of teens have never thought about how a pregnancy would affect their lives.
With this in mind, we at DoSomething.org are giving cellphone-equipped young people a taste of teen parenthood with Pregnancy Text. This text message-based campaign allows teens to turn their friends’ phones into ‘text babies,’ alerting teens with texts when it’s hungry, needs to be changed and more.
We know that talking about teen pregnancy is the first step in preventing it, so it is our hope that Pregnancy Text gets this important conversation started.
Last year over 100,000 young people took part in the campaign, with one in two participants more likely to talk about teen pregnancy after participating. This year the campaign runs from May 7 through July 5 and teens who send text babies to six of their friends will be entered to win a $3,000 scholarship.
To get started, just text BABY to 38383.