The Meaning of Power & Potential

Our Mission:

To improve the overall health and well-being of young people in Georgia to ensure a more powerful future for us all.
 

Our Vision:

We believe all children are entitled to a safe and healthy adolescence characterized by hope, respect and the opportunity for a productive future.
 

About GCAPP:

The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP) was founded in 1995 as the then, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, when Georgia had the highest teen birth rate in the nation.  Today, that rate has declined by more than 60%. By working with school districts, health educators, and nearly 200 youth-serving organizations across the state, GCAPP reaches more than 40,000 young people a year with age appropriate, medically accurate sex education.  In 2012 GCAPP changed its name and expanded its mission to include healthy relationships, and physical activity and nutrition.   At the core of our work We empower young people with the information and motivation to improve their overall health and well-being so that they are better equipped to make healthy lifestyle choices – choices that tap into their power, potential, and hope for a successful future. Adolescence is often very challenging, particularly for those who are most vulnerable.  Whether it’s teen pregnancy prevention/sex education, physical activity and nutrition, or healthy relationships we help young people tap into their inner compass, navigate better decision making, and we help them succeed.

NEWS & EVENTS

Urgent Action Needed!
GCAPP joins the Healthy Teen Network, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and hundreds of other state and national organizations advocating to protect the Title X Family Planning Program.  Click here to act now.

 

FYI From GCAPP - Please ACT
GCAPP joins the American Public Health Association in telling Congress to oppose any effort to repeal or weaken the Affordable Care Act and we hope our GCAPP network will join us in this effort as well.  PLEASE ACT!  Click here to act now.

 

Georgia Gives Day is November 17
GCAPP’s Active Classroom/Flexible Seating Project for Atlanta’s Garden Hills Elementary School Needs Your Support!  Click here to help us fund 50 flexible seating desks in 24 hours!

 

Action Alert: Vote Yes for Amendment 2, Save a Child from Sex Trafficking

Every year in Georgia hundreds of children become victims of child sex trafficking. It happens in every part of our state.  Click here to learn how you can take action.

 

Jane Fonda's Philanthropy: A Hollywood Legend Keys in on Reproductive Health

Inside Philathropy recently covered Jane Fonda's journey to founding GCAPP.  Click here to read the article.

 

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Our Work: A GCAPP Success Story

Please take a minute to view one of our many success stories in teen pregnancy prevention.

 

We All Pay, One Way or Another

  • Teen pregnancy costs Georgia taxpayers $395 million a year.

 

  • Approximately two-thirds of teen mothers never finish high school and are more likely to end up on public assistance than those who have children later.

 

  • Girls born to teen mothers are 25% more likely to become teen mothers themselves.

 

  • Georgia has the 17th highest teen birth rate in the U.S.

 

  • Georgia ranks 4th highest in the country in repeat teen births.

 

  • Only 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22.

 

  • Only 2% of teen mothers finish college.

 

  • PREVENTION pays, and pays, and pays…