The overall goal of Baby Think It Over Program (BTIO) is to reduce the initiation of premature sex, STD/HIV, and most of all, the teen pregnancy rate in Hoke County. Statistically, teen mothers are less likely to complete their education and more likely to be poor and receive public assistance. Studies have shown, that children of teens are prone to have poor health, lower cognitive development and higher rates of behavioral problems as well as suffer the likelihood of abuse and neglect. Moreover, a child born to a teen parent will most likely run the risk of repeating this cycle.
The Baby Think It Over Program is design to explore the consequences of adolescent parenting through simulation. It is said, we remember 10% of what is read; 20% of what we hear; 50% what we see and 90% doing the job ourselves even if it is only through simulation. “Research demonstrates that performing a structured experience will later serve as a reminder system which reiterates the consequences of a past action when faced with a similar situation.
The Summer Baby Think It Over Program will start on Thursday, July 18th at the Hoke County Health Department, 683 East Palmer Road, Raeford, NC. All adolescents ages 11-18 who wish to participate in the program, must pre-register by June 15th. A pre-registration fee of $5.00 is required.
For more information or to register, contact Mrs. Cornelia Murchison at 910-875-3717 ext. 2104.