Plain Talk

The Story of a Community-Based Strategy to Reduce Teen Pregnancy

Posted March 8, 1998
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This is the story of how five different communities worked to protect local youth from the risks of early sexual activity. It is a narrative rooted in community organizing and empowerment. It begins in 1993—with a $5 million, four-year commitment from the Annie E. Casey Foundation — and unfolds into a rich collection of real-world hurdles, participant feedback, and been-there done-that advice. This is the story of Plain Talk. 

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Key Takeaway

One thing Plain Talk isn’t? An effort to prevent or encourage teens from having sex

The focus of Plain Talk is simple: Jumpstart real, raw conversations — both with adults and adolescents — aimed at protecting youth from the negative consequences of early sexual activity.