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Young people are precious. Each one is unique. They deserve the best we can offer in academics so they can achieve their personal and professional potential. They also deserve the information and guidance they need to advance healthy and whole to mature adulthood -- physically, psychologically and socially.

89% of teens who gave birth were unmarried. (NYC Office of Vital Statistics—2001)

82% of teens use Medicaid for their Pre-natal care and Delivery. (NYC Office of Vital Statistics—2001)

Nearly 58% of teenage pregnancies in NYC end in abortion. (NYC Office of Vital Statistics—2001)

New York State ranks # 1 in newly reported AIDS cases in the United States, 80% of AIDS cases were in New York City. (State Rankings 2002, A Statistical View of the 50 United States, edited by Kathleen O’Leary Morgan & Scott Morgan; New York State Department of Health, AIDS in New York State 2001-2002)

Class of 2001, for all New York City schools, only 51% of students graduated. (New York City Flash Research Report # 6, Division of Assessment & Accountability, May 2, 2002.)

In 2001, the second leading cause of death among teens in New York City was from assault and of those deaths 54.5% were caused by firearms. (NYC Office of Vital Statistics—2001)