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Farewelll to APP (You First)

August 12, 2010

As Marian Wright Edelman stated, “If you don’t like the way the world is, youchange it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.” This is what the staff of the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention division of FSC strived to do for over 10 years. We were based in five counties: Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Richland and Saluda and served respective surrounding areas. Our mission focused on children and cultivating them with positive youth development and reduce risk-taking behaviors that would equip them with the necessary skills to make them productive adults.

Unfortunately, because of the constraints of the economy, the APP division met its early demise in June 2010. However, we didn’t leave unnoticed. Over the course of the years, we have come in contact with approximately 15,000 children, parents and community members. Through short-term presentations, workshops and ongoing progams, media and public awareness campaigns, fostering Advisory Committee participation and youth leadership teams, parent trainings and/or workshops, health fairs and our many collaborations, we have educated, entertained and enlightened many, who in turn have touched our lives as well. The following are a few signature programs or highlights of the APP Program: 

  • Piloted a Parenting Program in SC
  • Annual Teen Pregnancy Prevention Billboards
  • Family Talk Dinner
  • Fahter Daughter Dinner
  • Founder of the Annual Teen Health Summit
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Interview in IMARA magazine
  • Male Leadership Group
  • Mother Daughter Brunch
  • Sisterhood and Brotherhood
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Walk

Although the APP program has now become like a distant relative of the FSC family, it can still thrive through each individual who encounters a child and/or young person. The first step is simple – Just Listen to them (children), and remember they are people who don’t have years of life’s errors to gain knowledge.

Marion Wright Edelman also said, “Investing in [children] is not a national luxury or a national choice. It’s a national necessity. If the foundation of your house is crumbling, you don’t say you can’t afford to fix it while you’re building astronomically expensive fences to protect it from the outside enemies. The issue is not are we going to pay – it’s are we going to pay now, up front, or are we going to pay a whole lot more later on.” Teen pregnancy is not a single issue. This is a sad time, but everything happens for a reason. So, now perhaps instead of looking at it as someone else’s problem, we will all answer the challenge and become advocates for our youth.  On behalf of You First staff, thank you for the many years, and please continue Enriching Lives for a Better Future! 

~ Fabrienne Payne
   Director of APP (You First)



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