Blount County District Attorney Mike Flynn and the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference on Feb. 24 announced a new campaign including aggressive outreach through social media, printed materials and a major effort to build a statewide network of partners to increase their efforts to fight teen pregnancy.
The statewide initiative represents the second phase of the highly successful “What’s the Rush?” campaign that raises awareness of the legal, financial and social consequences of becoming teen parents.
“The thing young people need to remember is once you’re a parent, you’re always a parent. You’re responsible for that child, and there’s a legal obligation to pay for food, clothing, education and all the other needs that child has. This campaign helps teenagers understand these obligations,” Flynn said.
In Blount County alone, the most recent statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health show that in one year there were 212 reported cases of teen pregnancy and more than 13,000 cases reported statewide.
The district attorneys across the state started the campaign in 2008 in response to the number of court cases involving teen parents throughout the state. Printed materials and a video were created for the district attorneys to use when visiting schools and civic organizations to educate Tennessee’s youth about the consequences of becoming teen parents.
For more information about What’s the Rush?, call General Mike Flynn at 865-273-5600.
To learn more and access the campaign materials, please visit www.tndagc.org/whatstherush; www.facebook.com/whatstherushtn; www.myspace.com/whatstherushtn and www.youtube.com/whatstherushtn