A Dollar a Day Not to Get Pregnant

November 4, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

This article reminds me of a similar successful effort carried out in the 1970s by Sherri Tepper of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood.

A pregnancy prevention program based at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro that pays 12 to 18 year old girls one dollar for every day they are not pregnant has spurred conversation and raised eyebrows as it has made its way through the blogosphere. College Bound Sisters was founded in its most infant stages almost 20 years ago by Hazel Brown, professor of nursing, and Rebecca Saunders, associate dean of the graduate school. But the program made headlines after a Fox News story brought to light its incentive-based system.

Brown emphasized that College Bound Sisters is more than just a monetary transaction. The money — which gets deposited into a college savings account — is given to the participants only after they achieve all three goals of the program: not getting pregnant, graduating from high school and enrolling in college. The girls also receive $5 per week for transportation to the program’s classes in sexual health and preparation for college. Some students who have stuck with it have received over $2,000 toward a college degree.

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