The latest statistics show that teen pregnancies (ages 10-19) in The Bahamas are down by as much as half what they used to be here 30-40 years ago. But at about 500 births (in 2011) the numbers are still high. We talk about the factors leading to teen pregnancies with PACE (Providing Access to Continued Education) Foundation President Sonia Brown and PACE Programme Principal Jackie Knowles, and the need to have open dialogue with even young children about appropriate touch and sex. We also speak with 25-year old Allanelle Nairn, a graduate of the PACE Programme. She shares her story of becoming pregnant at 15.
PACE is raising money to move into its own permanent facility. This weekend, Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort will host “Vibes on the Island”. Chester Robards with Sandals tells us all proceeds will benefit PACE. The event on Saturday, April 25, will feature Jamaican reggae artists Tarrus Riley and Chronixx. The cost is $195 per person. Buy tickets online at sandalsfoundation.org or at Red Lane Spa at Sandals, Green Parrot East Bay, Harbourside Marine East Bay, or HIS Fashion at The Mall at Marathon & Old Fort Bay Town Centre.
For more info about PACE, and for advice on how and when to talk to your children about sex, log on to pacebahamas.com.
Pictured left to right: MorningBlend co-host Farrell Goff; PACE Foundation Pres. Sonia Brown; Chester Robards, Sandals; Allanelle Nairn, former PACE student; PACE Programme Principal Jackie Knowles; MorningBlend Host Dwight Strachan.
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