TEENS, UT Teen Health

Make a Plan (M.A.P.)

Whether you’re in middle school, high school, or already out of school, it’s important to make a plan. Making short-term and long-term goals can lead you on the path to greatness! The UT Teen Health team not only wants you to think about how you can keep your bodies healthy, but we want you to think about your mind and definitely your future.

Did you know…

  • Pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school dropout rates among girls? Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by age 22, versus nearly 90% of women who had not given birth during adolescence?
    Perper K, Peterson K, Manlove J. Diploma attainment among teen mothers. Child Trends, Fact Sheet Publication #2010-01: Washington, DC: Child Trends; 2010.
  • About nine in ten teens (87%) and adults (90%) believe reducing teen pregnancy is a very effective way to reduce the high school dropout rate and improve academic achievement?
    From: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, “With One Voice 2010 America’s Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy”; 2010
  • More than eight in ten Latino teens (84%) and nine in ten Latino parents (91%) surveyed believe that graduating from college or university or having a promising career is the most important goal for a teen’s future? 
    From: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, “Toward a Common Future: Latino Teens and Adults Speak Out About Teen Pregnancy”; 2010.
  • Less than 2% of Teen Moms gain a college degree by age 30?
    From: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Policy Brief: Preventing Teen Pregnancy is Critical to School Completion; 2010.
  • Three-quarters of Latino teens (77%) agree that planning for their future is important?
    From: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, “Toward a Common Future: Latino Teens and Adults Speak Out About Teen Pregnancy”; 2010

For additional information about teen pregnancy visit: http://www.cdc.gov/TeenPregnancy/AboutTeenPreg.htm

TAKING THE FIRST STEP
If you want to add going to college to your plan, click on the following links to help you! Remember, it’s NEVER too soon to be ahead of the game and it’s definitely OK to dream big.

COLLEGE LINKS
Do you already know where you want to go? Great! Here are some of San Antonio’s colleges and universities. Click on any of them and get the information you need about your future alma mater!

OTHER USEFUL SITES
Let’s face it, college isn’t for everyone, but making a plan for your future is! So here are some links to sites that may spark your interest.