The Erie County Network for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (ECNAPP) is a community network of parents, educators, faith leaders, health care providers, and youth. The network works in a collaborative manner to provide information and awareness regarding the serious issue of teen pregnancy.
ECNAPP is working to provide the community with information regarding the negative consequences of births to single teens, as well as the related health risk of sexually transmitted diseases. ECNAPP employs a community-based approach to preventing teen pregnancy by facilitating interaction among existing organizations, initiating and expanding effective services, and leveraging additional resources (both in terms of services and dollars).
The main function of ECNAPP is to address, in the most collaborative manner, the following eight objectives of the Comprehensive Plan developed by the Erie County Policy and Planning Council:
- Educate and train parents to deal with the sexuality of their children.
- Establish community standards.
- Increase involvement with religious institutions.
- Train youth activity leaders to counsel youth on healthy sexuality.
- Provide alternative activities.
- Enhance sexuality education in schools.
- Encourage teens that are sexually active to use contraceptives.
- Mount a media campaign to address teenage pregnancy concerns.