SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- An area organization is making a difference in the lives of teen girls. Created in 1887, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington addresses key issues like pregnancy prevention, healthy relationships and teen parenting.
Through innovative, goal-setting programs, Crittenton has helped teens create successful lives. One of those programs includes SNEAKERS. It's a voluntary, school-based program for girls navigating the challenges and choices of 8th grade through high school. It encourages the girls to make smart choices, while developing relationships with caring adults and a healthy social network with each other. "We take them to clinic visits. We take them to actual colleges and universities to expose them to something different. We try also to expose them to different cultural things, " says Tinselyn Simms-Hall, SNEAKERS Program Director.
The SNEAKERS program is in seven area schools and has changed the lives of more than 200 girls. Since 1983 Crittenton programs have maintained a 97% to 100% pregnancy prevention rate both for primary and secondary pregnancies.