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Teen Pregnancy in Pueblo County

2 Jul

I was reminded how serious this issue is in Pueblo County when a young girl was telling me that she had helped administer a class teaching teens how to be teen mothers.  All of that just really made me think that there is problem- shouldn’t this young girl be helping teach something like chemistry, biology, music, art, gardening, anything OTHER than how to be a teen mom?

Today in the paper, The Pueblo Chieftain reported that the Pueblo City-County Health Department used a $50,000 grant to have a health care consulting firm tell them that the reason for Pueblo’s amazingly high teen pregnancy rate is:

1. A lack of adequate sex education

2. A high use of alcohol and drugs

3. Boredom

Now,  they could have not paid me a dime to tel them about the latter two – I have grown up in Pueblo County and know the lack of infrastructure and support for our youth.  When they try to put a 29-year-old entrepreneur out of business, they are probably not going out of their way to make sure the next generation has a support system to help them grow into leaders.  This is first a SOCIAL problem and secondly a  COMMUNITY problem, and we should all hold ourselves accountable.

The first reason for a high teen pregnancy rate has some valid points, however,  shouldn’t parents be helping with some of this education?  Why is the STATE taking charge of this?  Shouldn’t our parents and communities be doing something?  Yeah, I know it is complex.   I think what is lacking is the concept of SUCCESS, of HOPE, of WORK, of DOING anything.  When you grow up without access to tools and resources to make you want to grow – emotionally, physically, spiritually – then, you don’t grow, you stagnate.  And you try to escape from reality.  Hence, boredom and the use of drugs and alcohol and having sex at a young age without understanding the potential consequences of those actions.

I pray for this community – when the teen pregnancy rates of Colorado and the rest of the nation are decreasing and Pueblo County’s are increasing – we have to take a hard look at what is going on here.  And maybe instead of reaching out to a consulting firm to explain the obvious, why don’t you use that money within our own community to provide better support systems and outlets for teens to be creative, express themselves, and have some hope for the future?

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Day 10 – Storm on the Horizon

28 Jun

A view of a Thunderhead on the Horizon in Pueblo County, Colorado

Often people say “what can one person do to make a difference”, or “I can’t do anything, I am only one person”.

What we have to remember is that everything is made up of a collective of “just one”.  Like that thunderstorm on the horizon – just one water particle would hardly be visible or perhaps ‘meaningful’, but all together, those particles are very very strong.

The powers that be tend to divide us; we categorize each other into this or that faction, we fight each other based off of affiliation or ideology, we focus on the problems versus being actionable in our own solutions.  We are smart people, and we are capable of helping ourselves.

Fearing an outcome is a waste of time, and yet we are afraid.  Each of us has within us the power to shape our own lives – if we take control of this, then as a collective we re-engage our liberty.  You see, we are “just one”, but if we focus on ourselves, our communities and country will grow stronger.

So perhaps a list of action-items to start working on would be helpful.  We will be working on this throughout our journey, and will look forward to any input our followers and communities may have.

Tisha

 

 

Day 4 – Flag Poles in Pueblo West

22 Jun

Today was such a good day.

A brief visit out to Pueblo West revealed more conversations with small business owners who are facing the crunch, but are working very hard to make things happen regardless.  Americans are resilient creatures you know.

Today there was a conversation about a flag pole.  A small business out in Pueblo West wanted to have a 60-foot flag-pole on their property.  Local ‘zoning” didn’t put a complete stop to it, but made the process pretty hard, so these folks had stopped trying.  That’s too bad, since a 360-degree view of their place looks something like this:

A 60-foot flag pole would probably stand out, but it sure wouldn’t deprive the landscape of any value (in my humble opinion of course).  As a matter of fact, it would probably be really good for their business and really good for the community (because in my book, there is nothing wrong with flying an American flag).

Just another little “perk” of local government’s decisions that affect our liberty and freedom to express ourselves.

More adventures tomorrow,

Tisha