TEEN BOARDING SCHOOLS
School district looks for ways to reduce teenage pregnancy rate
By Staff Writer
In Kansas, an estimated 106 out of 1,000 young women between the ages of 15 and 19 who are living in Seward County are pregnant out of wedlock, the Leader and Times reported.
As a result, Seward County has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the entire state of Kansas. These high numbers also present a problem for the board members of Unified School District 480.
According to the news source, the district is now considering the option of implementing the Just Wait Program at its high school and middle schools in an attempt to prevent the number of teenage pregnancies from rising. This program has been introduced in 13 different schools since its inception in 2007.
Just Wait draws on Christian morals to educate young women about love and abstinence in preparation for marriage. The news outlet stated that the school district plans to reconvene next month to vote on whether or not they will adopt the program.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the teen birth rate had declined over the past two decades, but still remains high.
Teenagers who are engaging in risky behavior may be able to gain some control over their actions through boarding high schools.