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TeenMom. College student. Speaker. Young Parent Advocate. Women's Rights Advocate. Blogger.
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The anti-drug program, D.A.R.E- Drug Abuse Resistance Education- which was very popular in public schools in America, has lost its funding, popularity, and credibility within the scientific community after multiple studies found that the program was ineffective and did not lead to a decrease of drug use.

In 2001 the United States Department of Education announced that they would no longer allow schools to spend money on the D.A.R.E program after the United States Surgeon General deemed the program ineffective.

The D.A.R.E program’s mission was a noble one but …

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Organizations that truly and honestly support teenage parents are limited and at best growing in number.

These organizations are literally a life line for the parents they are able to support and help the only problem is I would like to see them go a bit further and further educate the teenage parents they help when it comes to sexual heath decisions, mental health, and relationships.
Many times the parents that these organizations are assisting need more in depth conversation and instruction on building and sustaining basic skills. While …

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Jan Brewer will not get a thank you out of my for vetoing PART of the highly homophobic and highly criticized bill that reached her desk this week after state representatives signed the bill.

She gets no congrats or thank yous because the bill should have never been drafted. While i am aware that she herself did not draft the bill she has and continues to sign very anti-abortion and anti-immigration bills under the false veil of “religious freedom.”
In her veto letter she waste no time trying to …

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February is Teen Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence is unfortunately a regularly accruing act of violence in society and yet it’s long lasting and devastating impacts are often under spoken about on a societal level.

Domestic violence is not something that happens to only a certain group or type of person, it’s universal, and for approximately one third of teens it is a reality. Teen domestic violence is some times over looked or “explained away” because of age, “growing pains”, or can be viewed as normal to some …

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Infamous “bad mom” of MTV’s Teen Mom 2 show, Jenelle Evans, recently shared with the world that she had an abortion. Feeling scared and panicked after getting off of heroin and discovering she was pregnant Jenelle decided to get an abortion and maintains that she feels no regrets. However, fans seemed just as  shocked when they found out that Jenelle’s sexual partner did not know that she had an abortion.
At the time her sexual partner was in jail and had no idea Evan’s had the abortion.
The question

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Recently fans and non fans of MTV’s Teen Mom 2 show found out that one of the cast members, Jenelle Evan’s, had an abortion. There were many mixed reactions ranging from support to anything but support and everything in between. I applaud  Jenelle for being open and standing up for herself and her reproductive decisions. Jenelle maintains that she does not regret her abortion and feels it was the correct decision for her since she was in a ‘bad place’ when she was pregnant.

Jenelle has received/earned the title …

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Recently On Scandal Lisa Kudrow played a politician who had ambitions of running for the presidential office. 

Wanting to ensure she had a successful campaign she hired Olivia Pope to help her win the election. The only problem was her trusted and most loyal campaign manager, her sister, wasn’t completely sold on the new arrangement.
While the opposition was conducting their usual dirt digging to shame Kudrow’s character out of the race they uncovered that she had experienced a teenage pregnancy and that upon walking out of the maternity ward

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*This post speaks about sexually based crimes-specifically rape- and has the potential to be triggering for survivors of sexually based crimes. Please practice self-care before, during, after, and always* 

Scandal is known for its hard hitting fast paced story telling.  In one of the most recent episodes viewers found out that Mellie had previously been raped by her father in law. 

 
I remember watching the scene and basically having an absence of thought. The rape happened so quickly and the scene in which it was part of had

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I just wanna go home,” My little sister pleaded to me between panting breaths. “why can’t we just go home?” “Just keep peddling and follow me.” I replied. 
 
Our innocent summer bike ride had turned into a forced game of hide and seek with a group of grown man chasing us down in their car while we peddled vigorously on our bikes trying to get away. They were hooting, hollering, and laughing at our fear and innocence as they chased us.
Ducking in and out of alley ways …

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Seeing a pregnant teenager makes many people uncomfortable. The discomfort is rooted in facing the reality that the comforting lies these people tell themselves about youth not being sexual beings, don’t have questions about sex, and aren’t having sex are wrong.
By finding comfort and silence in their disillusions they too play a role in the high rate of unintended pregnancies experienced by teenagers and young adults everyday.
I remember being a pregnant 15 year old and complete strangers glaring at me, stopping me to lecture me on what …

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Recently the Nebraska Supreme Court decided that a 16 year old pregnant foster child could not have the abortion she wanted regardless of the law being on her side.
As a foster child this young woman did not need to approval of her biological parents to seek the abortion she wanted but the anti-choicer judge who has past involvement with an anti-choice group deemed her too immature to make such an “adult” decision on her own. Never mind the fact that she has cared for her younger siblings for …

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October is “Let’s Talk Month.” For those of you who do not know Let’s Talk Month happens every year and is a month long event which seeks to create a healthy environment where youth and adults can have open and honest conversations about sexuality.

 

Too often the voices of youth are left out of these extremely important conversations and or over shadowed by adults and some organizations that although mean well can sometimes co-opt the voices of youth too. Even parents who mean well can mistakenly cut their …

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New York City’s Health Department understands that you have to meet youth where they’re at and today youth are almost always on their phones.
Knowing this NYC’s Department of Health has released two apps, Find Condoms NYC and Teens in NYC Protection+ that help youth locate sexual health services as well as LGTQ counseling centers in their immediate locations through the “near me” or “current location” options or through typing in an address.
Both apps are extremely user friendly and are available through the app store for free! In …

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The piece explains how residents in this particular Bronx zip code have at least two of the following STD’s:HIV hepatitis B, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and tuberculosis?”
 
This got me thinking about what major campaigns or sex education curriculums have arguably lesser known STD’s as prominent as HIV/ AIDS. Sex education usually stresses HIV/ AIDS so much

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Don’t talk to me about teenage pregnancy prevention unless you intend on listening.

I can not tell you how often I have been asked in interviews or casual conversation if I support teenage pregnancy prevention. Somehow to some people that fact that I advocate for respect and a fair chance at creating the future I and so many other teenage parents want or wanted translates to I do not agree with teenage pregnancy prevention. I do.
The next question is usually what do you think would have worked on …

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Don’t talk to me about teenage pregnancy prevention unless you intend on listening.

I can not tell you how often I have been asked in interviews or casual conversation if I support teenage pregnancy prevention. Somehow to some people that fact that I advocate for respect and a fair chance at creating the future I and so many other teenage parents want or wanted translates to I do not agree with teenage pregnancy prevention. I do.
The next question is usually what do you think would have worked on …

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The Candies foundation has done a great job at repackaging anti-teenage pregnancy messages in a way that youth and celebrities alike pay attention to. However, it has greatly failed at addressing or highlighting the factors that lead to teenage pregnancy and how to avoid an unintended  pregnancy.

Factors like poverty, which has been found to lead to teenage pregnancy and defy the notion that teenage pregnancy leads to poverty. Lack of comprehensive sex education which has been found to delay the on-set of sexual intercourse, lack of access to preventative …

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Generational amnesia is a disease many adults suffer from today. Often times older generations seem to negate the fact that they themselves were ever teenagers or young adults.

Signs of generational amnesia become very apparent when youth behave like youth and are curious about relationships, sexuality, drugs, and sex.
Symptoms of generational amnesia include statements like:
  • When I was young we listened to our parents and didn’t do___.
  • When I was young we knew better than to disobey our parents.
  • When I was young we knew better than to

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The other day I was online and came across an article about Ben Affleck and several other political and celebrity figures becoming part of a campaign to raise awareness about global poverty by living on $1.50 a day.

I thought it was cute… But mostly I thought it was annoying and the same “benevolent rich artist wants to ‘help’ international poverty” campaign.
While Ben Affleck, Jonah Hill, and Sophia Bush have every right to support public awareness campaigns;
I can not help but think where is the American poverty …

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While Boston College is against adult students at the college using and having access to condoms my college LOVED when the student government gave out condom flowers on Condom Day.

I am one part of my college’s Undergrad Student Governments Health Programming Board. Our campus has a health clinic like many other college campuses however, a lot of students do not know about it. In an effort to get more of my peers to know about the clinic and to be more mindful of the sexual health I decided …

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As a former teen mom and human I could not help but address the questions and worries of the discontent toddlers in the New York City’s controversial anti-teenage pregnancy ads. 
Just because I had you as a teen does not mean that you are not capable of doing well in school and graduating high school with honors just as I did. 

The age I had you is not something that defines my or your future. Hard work, determination, and a good education which starts in a good elementary school

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On Valentines Day my daughter, Leilani, and I participated in a Flash Mob as part of the One Billion Raising Movement. We danced together and along side hundreds of women to end violence against women.

At first I tried looking for a baby sitter to watch her while I went but then I realized that this event, the movement, was happening with and for ALL women regardless of age. Having her come with me was what was suppose to happen.
I explained to her very clearly and honestly …

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My name is Gloria Malone. I am 22 years old, currently studying at Baruch College, and pursuing a degree in Public Affairs. People, politics and policy have always been an interest and passion of mine so I find most of my courses very interesting.
In an effort to not simply list the many roles that I have in life I hope that through my writings and post you will get to better understand who I am and how all of my views, realities and the lessons I have learned …