Straight Talking Peer Education

Straight Talking Peer Education

Charity information

Straight Talking Peer Education

Straight Talking employs and trains disadvantaged teenage mothers and young fathers to run a programme in schools showing the realities of pregnancy and early parenthood.

Founded 1998

  • Mission statement

    Straight Talking employs teenage parents to educate young people about early parenthood; enabling them to make responsible choices.

    The charity has 2 aims;

    *to reduce Britain's shockingly high rates of teenage pregnancy and parenthood

    * to raise young parents' confidence and help them to move to education and employment.

    Straight Talking's peer programme is aimed at 13-16 year old young people and tells it like it is. It helps young people to understand, through fun games and exercises, what it is really like to be pregnant and a parent at a young age.

    Since 1998, Straight Talking has reached over 47,000 young people educating them about the importance of delaying parenthood. Straight Talking has improved the life chances of hundreds of young mothers and fathers.

    The charity has won 3 major awards for its innovative approach;

    The Guardian Charity Award
    The Glaxo Smith Kline Impact Award
    Runner up in the Centre for Social Justice Award

    Independent evaluation of the charity's work concluded that the programme is effective in changing young people’s attitude about teenage pregnancy. In Barking & Dagenham where Straight Talking has been working for some time, the rates have dropped from 3rd highest in Europe to 7th (a drop of 18%) and in Kingston, the rates have dropped by over 27%.

    Every £1 invested in Straight Talking saves the State and the tax payer £8. 93 over 5 years.

  • Aims

    Straight Talking Peer Education aims to:

    • To reduce Britain's shockingly high rates of teenage pregnancy and parenthood.
    • To engage young parents in education and employment so that they become financially independent.
    • To transform young parents into positive role models and break the cycle of the children of young parents, who themselves become teenage parents or engage in the Criminal Justice System.
    • To share our knowledge and information with others. To learn from other practitioners and organisations in the field.
    • To campaign for changes in the law, thereby enabling young parents and their children, to achieve in life.
  • Overview

    Established: February 1998

    Registered Charity Number: 1101726

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 3

    Part time staff: 10

    Phone number: 020 8546 4665

    Address: 28-46 Cromwell Road Kingston KT2 6RN

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