Teenage pregnancy is among the UK’s most persistent social problems – and one that is inextricably linked with poverty and social deprivation, both as a cause and a consequence. That is why the High Sheriff Youth Awards funded Straight Talking in 2014. The charity recruits, trains and employs socially excluded teenage mothers and young fathers to deliver an interactive programme in Surrey schools that presents the long term and life changing consequences, realities and implications of early parenthood. Peter Lee, High Sheriff said: “I heard two of the incredibly impressive and extremely eloquent young mothers speak about their personal experiences and how they have coped with the challenges that they have faced. It is inspiring. Our HSYA grant enabled eight of these five-week courses to be subsidised and I attended and participated in one of these sessions at the Priory School in Dorking. I learned a lot!”

Straight Talking – Countywide

Awarded 2014-2015




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