Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Committee

Description and Activities

Durham Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (DCAPP), a non-profit organization and of one the Partnership's committees addresses adolescent pregnancy prevention.

This year, committee members plan to:

• Host a one day teen pregnancy prevention summit for 200 youth on adolescent health issues
• Host a week long “Pull the Plug Week” campaign to help adults learn different communication strategies around sexuality

 The commitee Action Plan provides the details.

Leadership and Membership

Current committee chair / President is:

 To learn more or to join the committee, email one of the co-chairs (above) or contact Mel Downey-Piper, the Partnership Coordinator, at or 919-560-7833.



Durham Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 9:30 - 11:00 am at the Department of Social Services (300 N. Duke Street). Meetings generally include activity reports from our events, membership, advocacy, fundraising, and publicity sub-committees.

Meetings are open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Meetings in 2011:

  • August 17 (meeting is at health department)
  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December 21


Upcoming Events and Activities

Pull the Plug Week 


Selected Committee Accomplishments

Advocating for Healthy Youth Act.

Healthy Youth Act of 2009 was signed by the governor on 6/30/2009. What does this mean? Parents of middle school youth, grades 7—9 can elect which sexuality education track they want their children to receive in public schools. After much debate, town hall meetings, and compromising, the tracks consist of an abstinence only until marriage program , or a abstinence-based comprehensive sexuality education program.  How and when the Healthy Youth Act of 2009 will be implemented in North Carolina or Durham is yet to be seen. What we can say is that from the NC Parent Opinion Survey, nearly 92% of parents surveyed thought sexuality education should be taught in North Carolina Public Schools. DCAPP and it’s partner agencies/ organizations will follow the Health Youth Act implementation plan in Durham as it is developed. We will keep you informed through our newsletter and hope to assist the school system with a comprehensive action plan and help educate parents on how to supplement and / or compliment what is being taught in schools. Parents are and should be the primary sexuality educators of there children.

Teen Summit that was held on Saturday, May 22, 2010.

Community Leaders' Breakfast 2008.

Durham Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (DCAPP) held another successful annual Community Leaders' Breakfast on Wednesday, September 19th at the Hayti Heritage Center. Many local agencies attended and the discussion and information exchange was very interesting and lively. Several DCAPP members discussed current issues and themes in adolescent pregnancy prevention in Durham at this annual event. Annette Carrington, DCAPP President, started the breakfast by informing the group that the equivalent of ten full school buses of teenaged girls gets pregnant in Durham each year. There has been an increase in repeat pregnancies, and an increase in pregnancies among Latina or Latino teens, despite the fact that teen pregnancy overall in Durham has decreased.

Pull the Plug Week 2008.

Pull the Plug Week Durham “Creating Time for Quality Parent-Child Communication” October 19th-25th. The month of October is National Let’s Talk Month. Let's Talk Month is a national public education campaign celebrated in October and coordinated by Advocates for Youth. Let's Talk Month is an opportunity for community agencies, religious institutions, businesses, schools, media, parent groups and health providers to plan programs and activities which encourage parent/child communication about sexuality. This year DCAPP is sponsoring “Pull the Plug Durham” Week to bring heightened attention throughout the Durham community of the vital role the media plays in young people’s lives and to encourage media literacy.  We are asking that families use less media, increase time for communication and for adults to be an "askable" parent, a caring parent, and a wise counselor. To view Pull the Plug Durham Week activities and a list of activities to help you engage in conversation, click the link below.


Publications and Reports of the Committee



Resources Related to the Work and Mission of the Committee

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina (APPCNC)

APPCNC is the only non-profit agency working to reduce teen pregnancy statewide. They help all North Carolinians by:

  • Assisting individual counties with mobilizing human and financial resources to reduce local teen pregnancy rates and promote healthy behavior;
  • Conducting workshops, conferences, and meetings to educate service providers on the latest best practices of
    effective teen pregnancy prevention;
  • Implementing media campaigns directed at parents and teens to encourage discussion and help prevent teen pregnancy;
  • Gathering and disseminating statistical information necessary to design effective youth development programs; 
  • Educating public officials on how government can enhance community efforts to prevent teen pregnancy. 


Community Partners Involved with the Committee