The objective of the Manzanilla Secondary School YoungLeaders Group 2013 Is:• To ensure that all youths are aware that they can ‘Be The Change’ and change the sexual awareness all around them.We believe that change through the education of our peers is important and as a result we are all the Agents of Change against teenage pregnancy and the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections.
In Trinidad every year approximately 2500 pregnancies occur with girls under the age of 18. (Newsday News Paper)In prenatal clinic on a weekly basis there would be 15 new patients between eight to ten of these new pregnancies were girls under the age of 18.
Teenagers today have many reasons for having sex today some ofwhich includes:• Peer pressure• Wanting to experience what the y think everyone else is doing• Hormones• Some teenagers use sex as a means of rebelling against parental influences.
The process of gathering information for this project involvedquestionnaires and interviews. This was done randomly fromform s1 to form 6 . 100 students took part in this from our school.Through data analysis it is proven that 28% of the students aresexually active and 28% of those students engaged in sexualactivities because of peer pressure.
Other trends that was observed are:• 60% learn about sex at school.• 16% of the students have multiple sex partners.• 46% of the students are not well informed about STI’s.• 90% think sex education is important in schools.• 90% know s that using a condom is very effective in preventing STI’s and Pregnancy .
The most common consequences of teenagers having sex are asfollows:• Sexually Transmitted Diseases• Teenage Pregnancy• Mood changes
STD’s are infections you can get with some one who has it.Themore commonly STDs are:• Chlamydia• Gonorrhoea• Genital herpes• HIV/Aids• HPV• Syphilis
Pregnancy by a female, ages 13 to 19, is understood tooccur in a girl who is mentally immature.In most cases of teenage pregnancyone or both young parents are schooldropouts, because they have to takecare of their baby.
Students that have sex at an early age are more likely to have thefollowing issues:• Impatient• Aggressive• Lack of focus in school.
DOES GETTING A STI OR BECOMINGPREGNANT RUIN YOUR LIFE? NOYou can be an agent of change for yourself or others: • Getting proper medical advice can make some STI ‘s disappear. • Use your story to educate others. • Teenage parents can continue learning through evening classes and other government programmes
THINK, ACT, BE SMART! KNOW YOUR POSITION! MAKE A CHOICE ABSTINENCE IS THE WAY!