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Be You. Be 3: Smart, Strong and Safe.

Did You Know?

  • Nearly 3 in 10 teen girls in the U.S. will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That's more than 700,000 teen pregnancies each year.
  • Parenthood is the leading reason why teen girls drop out of school.
  • The daughters of young teen mothers are 3 times more likely to become teen mothers themselves.
  • The sons of teen mothers are twice as likely to end up in prison.
  • About 9.5 million adolescents and young adults (ages 15-24) are diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) each year. Many STDs have no signs or symptoms.

Sources: Stay Teen and Office of Adolescent Health

Be Smart

  • Know your body.
  • Know the risks of sexual behavior.
  • Know your options.

Be Strong

  • Stand up for your values and beliefs.
  • State how you feel.
  • Learn assertive techniques.

Be Safe

  • Abstinence (not having sex) is the only sure way to not get pregnant or get an STI.
  • If you are sexually active, visit a health care provider to talk about which type of birth control is right for you.
  • Consistent and correct use of male latex condoms can reduce, though not eliminate, the risk of STD transmission.

7 Principles of Smart Relationships

1. Seek a good match. Look for common interests.
2. Pay attention to values.
3. Don't try to change the other person into someone he or she is not.
4. Don't try to change yourself just to get someone's love or friendship.
5. Expect good communication and don't run from conflict.
6. Don't play games and don't pressure or manipulate someone.
7. Expect respect--have a bottom line.

Source: Relationship Smarts PLUS Curriculum


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Page last updated: May 13, 2021