Healthy relationship skills, particularly related to communication and parenting, play a key role in the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s (The SC Campaign’s) work. The agency trains prevention service providers to engage effectively with youth, parents, and communities and also provides resources to support each of these groups’ efforts. In addition, the SC Campaign uses relationship building and communication tools to develop coalitions and mobilize communities with the shared goal of preventing teen pregnancies.
Though an intrinsic part of the SC Campaign’s work, healthy relationship skills were not a formal training focus prior to the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families’ Integration Institute in South Carolina. There, the SC Campaign Training Coordinator, Shannon Lindsay identified opportunities to use healthy relationship education to assist in her agency’s efforts to prevent teen pregnancy and, ultimately, to strengthen families in South Carolina.