[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e all share similar hopes for our community. We want our children to grow up to be strong, upstanding adults. We want Gaston County to grow and maintain a vibrant economy and a well community. And we want parents and families to feel supported in raising healthy, well-adjusted children who can become our future leaders and good neighbors.

[divider_flat] Gaston Youth Connected works to help Gaston County harness the caring power of parents, schools, faith organizations, community groups, and state and national experts to increase the networks, resources, and programs Gaston County needs to help guide today’s youth to a healthy adulthood.

[divider_flat] Primarily designed to help Gaston County reduce its teen pregnancy rate, Gaston Youth Connected offers the opportunity for the community to improve the way it supports all youth and families. By the end of the 5 year project, we should see more than just a reduced teen pregnancy rate: we should see a better Gaston County for all of us.


Official Goals of Gaston Youth Connected

  • To reduce Gaston County’s teen pregnancy rate by 10% by 2015; and
  • To develop infrastructures in the community that can support evidence-based pregnancy prevention strategies, including program services for youth that are integrated with clinical services for youth.