Date: October 7th, 2014
By: Bob Reeg
Healthy Teen Network and the National Women’s Law Center are co-leading an effort to improve graduation rates among pregnant and parenting youth by providing these students the necessary policy and resource supports to assist them in completing their high school educations prepared for college or careers. We are thrilled to report that U.S. Senator Tom Udall (New Mexico) and U.S. Representative Jared Polis (Colorado) have stepped forward in Congress to lead this charge by agreeing to introduce the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act (PPSAE).
These Members of Congress plan to introduce their bills in May. They have invited their Senate and House colleagues to join their legislation as co-sponsors. And that won’t happen unless Senators and Representatives hear that the educational success of pregnant and parenting youth matters to constituents back home!
Healthy Teen Network urges our members and supporters to weigh-in in support of this legislation of unique importance to the pregnant and parenting teens over whom we take special responsibility. Take action today and assist us in building local and statewide support for the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act. Write Your Senators and Representatives now using this automated, customizable action message for individuals and organization representatives to generate messages to your Members of Congress in the matter of a few key strokes. Any individual can take this action, which takes five minutes or less. Also, please distribute the link to the young people you support, your colleagues, and your friends and ask them to take action also.
Help spread the word on social media! Sample Facebook status updates and Tweets you can use to share this action alert with your networks:
TAKE ACTION: Urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor Pregnant and Parenting Student Bill! #PPSAE http://bit.ly/ZYbYGI
Join the Roster of Organizations Supporting the PPSAE Act–Healthy Teen Network and National Women’s Law Center are orchestrating a sign-on letter for national, state, regional, and local organizations of all types to demonstrate support for the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act. To join the letter, send your organization name and contact information to Bob Reeg, Healthy Teen Network Senior Policy Analyst. Please consider forwarding this sign-on request to other organizations that have an interest in marginalized youth and young families.
About the Author
Bob Reeg, MPA, CVA, Program Development and Public Policy Consultant, is an accomplished nonprofit organization program director & public policy analyst and advocate, and an emerging social purpose entrepreneur.