Teenage Mothers & Young Fathers
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The History of Straight Talking
Starting in Kingston in 1998 Straight Talking has gone on to deliver nearly 2500 courses in schools over 18 years, reaching more than 73,000 students and employing more than 350 teenage parents.
Whilst working as a youth worker with teenage parents, founder Hilary Pannack was approached by a teacher who identified a need to provide something more concrete for young people in terms of Relationship and Sex Education. This lead to the designing and development of a course that is the basis of the interactive peer education programme that Straight Talking delivers today. Over the years, teenage parents working for Straight Talking have added and honed the content so that it remains relevant to the world young people live in today.
We are extremely proud of what our employees have gone on to achieve. Teenage mothers and young fathers moving on from working with Straight Talking, have gained masters degrees, now work in healthcare professions, youth and social work, local politics and the police force to name a few. Nothing gives us more pride or satisfaction than seeing those who previously lacked self-esteem, drive or skills reach a level of confidence that enables them to succeed and provide for the needs of their young families.
The implications of teenage pregnancy should be taught to all students. Both sexes have an equal obligation to avoid unwanted pregnancies, and to be able to make informed choices.