Self Esteem Programs: Giving Aid To Pregnant Girls
Self esteem programs for teenagers are much needed to help them restraint from desires, especially physical desires. Most teens depend their self esteem to what others think about them. This is why the common issue that affects teenagers is low self esteem. They tend to constantly ask questions on how they look, if someone likes them or no one values them and a lot more that shows insecurity.
In school, self esteem programs are given for students to have sex education that informs them of options in contraceptives because of the high percentage of teen pregnancies. During teenage years teenagers, kids need to feel loved and valued. It is important for teenagers to have good self esteem to prevent teen pregnancy, depression, and suicide.
According to a report released by the Centers For Disease Control in 2006, Texas had the third-largest number of teen pregnancies in the United States. In 2010, there were 29 pregnant girls out of the 7,434 in SMCISD.
Pregnant students in San Marcos are provided services through the district’s school-age parenting program.
According to Jennifer Vogel, program coordinator, the main focus of this program is making sure students with children or who become pregnant will graduate from San Marcos High School. Vogel said her classes are usually 75 percent full.
“We typically try to meet with the teen before school, at lunch and after school,” Vogel said. “We try to eliminate as much interference into their class schedule. We will work with counselors if they are having trouble, if they are having issues, if they have instability.”
Students are offered parenting classes, provided with childcare and helped to transition into life after high school. Those who have recently become pregnant are provided with a social worker and are helped through the process of informing family members.
“There is a level of accountability in our program,” Vogel said. “We help try to meet all of their emotional and psycho-social needs, and the road blocks that would prevent them from getting an education.”
According to Alley’s House, a non-profit organization for teen mothers in Texas, 1,000,000 U.S. teenagers become pregnant every year. Of those pregnancies, 85 percent are unintentional.
Abstinence Plus sex education has been used in SMCISD since the 2010-2011 school year. This program is set on a curriculum of self-esteem building starting in sixth grade, followed by an abstinence-heavy sex education that informs students of options in contraceptives.
David C. Wiley, professor in the department of health and human performance, co-authored a study on sexuality education entitled “Just Say Don’t Know.”
He said sex education should aim at lowering sexual risk taken by teens.
“The bottom line is that we want all teens to be abstinent because this is an adult behavior and it does have consequences,” Wiley said. “However, research also shows that there is going to be a certain element of your population that is going to be sexually active. In Texas, of kids who walk across the stage for graduation, six out of 10 of them are sexually experienced. This idea that we can somehow go scare kids out of having sex just doesn’t hold water.”
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, only 33 percent of adolescent mothers will graduate high school and only 1.5 percent will earn a college degree by age 30.
According to Mark Eads, San Marcos CISD superintendent, the district will do anything in its power to help pregnant teens graduate.
“We are below the national average as my understanding,” Eads said. “I don’t think that we are unique to any other part of the country or the state of Texas. Poverty is one of the things (that contributes to teen pregnancy), and we are 70 percent economically disadvantaged so we have some issues there.”
Self esteem programs are essential in developing self esteem in teenagers to make it easier as possible for them to have a good self esteem. Having good self esteem helps them handle each other’s influences and not be easily caught up with bad influences. Adults, especially peers, teachers, and parents need to cooperate in building self esteem in teenagers to prevent certain effects that could ruin their life.
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