Teen Pregnancy in Columbia, South Carolina
Growing up in Northeast Columbia I have endured many matters in which helped me grow into the young adult I am today. Where I’m from, high school is the beginning of change for many of the local teens in my hometown. Some change so drastically that if you were to compare their upbringings to their high school days you would never think they were the same individual. Some change for the better, others, for the worse but one thing is for sure, one common mistake that occurs all too often in Northeast Columbia is one that is considered to be a miracle all at once. According to statistics from the South Carolina Campaign for Teen Pregnancy, 28 out of 1,000 births in Richland County were to girls between the ages of 10 and 19. Sixty-four percent of those births are to girls 18-19, 34 percent to those 15-17 and 2 percent to girls 10-14. Teen mothers, fathers, and their children face social and economic disadvantages throughout their lives. Teen mothers have higher rates of low birth weight babies and infant mortality than mothers in their 20s. They are more likely to live in poverty as well as rely on public assistance, and approximately 38% only will likely finish high school. On the behalf of the child, they are less prepared to enter the school system and score lower on measures of school readiness. Roughly 50% are more likely to repeat a grade, less likely to complete high school, and have lower performance on standardized tests. I chose this issue because I believe our youth is our future. With more children being brought onto this earth with less guidance than others I believe that only bad can come out of it. As studies showed, children are at a less advantage when a younger parent, who is in a sense still being supported by another in some form of way themselves, is their caretaker. Not to knock any teen parents who has been doing what is...