HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The number of teen pregnancies is going down in Massachusetts, but the state still has one of the highest rates for teen pregnancies in the country. In 2013, Holyoke was ranked number one in the state for teen pregnancies.
On Thursday, the Holyoke Adolescent Sexual Health and Pregnancy Prevention Accountability Committee held an event about the importance of sex education and teen pregnancy prevention.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse told 22News he thinks education is why there has been a 50% decrease in the city over the past 5 years. He said, “The more that we educate young people that they can do well in our public school system, that there’s opportunities for them after school, during the summer, particularly in secondary education, that they have have a chance to get a great job after high school go onto college.”