According to the Guttmacher Institute report, Nation Pays Steep Price For High Rates Of Unintended Pregnancy (May 19, 2011), it costs NYS an average of $749 million in tax payer spending to support young women who have unintended pregnancies. The state-specific costs from new HIV diagnoses in 2009 for total lifetime treatment costs of HIV in NYS totals $1.7 million (CDC HIV Surveillance Report 2009, Vol. 21).
Among the young women of color that graduate from YWCHAC,
- sees a 100% high school graduation rate
- seeing 100% college graduation rate from the first 3 cohorts of YWCHAC
- sees 100% prevention of unintended pregnancies
- sees 100% prevention of new HIV diagnoses, & sexually transmitted infections
Provides stipends for 4 WE SPEAK members for a week
Pays for metro cards for 10 WE SPEAK members for 1 session
Pays for snacks for WE SPEAK members during 1 WE SPEAK Summer Advocacy Institute session
Pays for supplies for 2 WE SPEAK members
“When youth take action to improve their contexts, their efforts are empowering & also improve the contexts for themselves & their peers. The impact of youth action is cumulative, because youth who take action once are more likely to continue doing so & because other youth may be inspired by their example to take action.”
Positive Youth Development So Far, Search Institute
By making an investment in a young woman in YWCHAC, you change the trajectory of her life.