Preventing Teen Pregnancy


This work is in its early phase.


With its funding from The Duke Endowment in 2011, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy created “Accelerating Progress: A Road Map for Achieving Further Reductions in Teen Pregnancy”.

The goal was to identify a path forward for teen pregnancy prevention efforts that would maximize resources and target communities most in need. Researchers used a complex methodology to gather, analyze and synthesize data. According to project leaders:

  • 170 people were interviewed or participated in focus groups
  • Two case studies, one of a teen clinic and one of a school district implementing an evidence-based curriculum, were conducted
  • Statewide teen birth data and other research studies were analyzed to identify trends, priority areas, and priority populations for future interventions

The intention was to “bring focus to multiple groups of high-need populations and high-need counties,” project leaders say. “To achieve the greatest impact, future investments must target organizations in those communities to increase their capacity to implement highly effective, evidence-based strategies with populations of greatest need.”

The report helped inform The Duke Endowment’s initial work in South Carolina’s Darlington County, which was identified as a “high volume” and “high burden” county for teen pregnancy. Darlington County stakeholders committed to building a prevention framework based on the report.


Area of Work

  • Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children

Program Area

  • Child Care

Grantmaking Status

Areas of Work

  • Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children

    To equip children and families with skills to ensure that children reach developmental milestones to lead successful lives.

  • Out-of-home care for youth

    To drive child welfare systems toward greater accountability for child well-being.

  • Quality and safety of health care

    Improving the quality and safety of health care delivery

  • Access to health care

    Improving health by increasing access to comprehensive care

  • Prevention

    Expanding programs to promote health and prevent disease

  • Academic excellence

    Enhancing academic excellence through program and campus development

  • Educational access and success

    Increasing educational access and supporting a learning environment that promotes achievement

  • Campus and community engagement

    Promoting a culture of service, collaboration and engagement among schools and communities

  • Rural church development

    Building the infrastructure and capacity of United Methodist churches to enhance ministry and mission

  • Clergy leadership

    Strengthening United Methodist churches by improving the quality and effectiveness of church leadership

  • Congregational outreach

    Engaging United Methodist congregations in programs that serve their communities