LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 2 Supermodel Kathy Ireland,9-1-1 for Kids and Community Hospital of Long Beach will host the 16th annualaward-winning 'IGNITE' mentoring program for disadvantaged single teen motherson Saturday, September 13, 2008, at Community Hospital of Long Beach. Theprogram addresses the complexities of teen pregnancy and has since beenrecognized as one of the nation's leading mentor programs for single teenmothers. The Kathy Ireland Mentor Program (KIMP) received the Governor'sCrystal Star Award in 1996 and is devoted to encouraging and supporting eachteen mother while helping to build self esteem, and create a positiveself-image and look towards a brighter future. KIMP matches professionalbusinesswomen as mentors and role models to teen mothers.
Many of the teens who participate in KIMP successfully transition intoresponsible adults, gain new hope and aspirations, and learn responsibleparenting. Many receive high school diplomas, have gone on to trade schooland/or 2- and 4-year colleges, and some have completed professional andpostgraduate degrees.
Kathy Ireland, CEO, Kathy Ireland Worldwide and International Ambassadorof 9-1-1 for Kids, and Elise Kim, executive director, 9-1-1 for Kids createdKIMP for single teen mothers in 1990 in collaboration with the nonprofitpublic safety education organization 9-1-1 for Kids.
Facts on Teen Pregnancy in the United States: The U.S. has the highestteen pregnancy rate; Close to 1 million teens become pregnant each year amongdeveloped countries; Almost half of all teen mothers end up on welfare; 95percent of teen pregnancies are unintended; 1-in-4 teen mothers will havetheir second child within 2 years of the first one; Less than 40 percent ofteen mothers finish high school; About 1/3 of teen pregnancies will end inabortion, 1/3 will end in spontaneous miscarriage and 1/3 will continue theirpregnancy to term.
9-1-1 for Kids(R) is the official caller training education program forthe United States, Canada and the Cayman Islands, all countries which use9-1-1 as its universal emergency number. The program teaches students how tosave lives and property, and respond to disaster situations through the properuse of 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 for Kids program is implemented by local, federal andinternational public safety: dispatch centers, agencies and organizationsthroughout schools, youth organizations & activities and community events.The organization is endorsed and supported by APCO International (Assn. ofPublic Safety Communications Officials), NENA (National Emergency NumbersAssn.) and NASNA (National Assn. of Nine-one-one Administrators).
SOURCE Community Hospital of Long Beach