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I MATTER engages community partners to improve the lives of youth and families by giving them the tools to lead healthy lives and prevent teen pregnancy. We work to ensure that teens have access to accurate sexual and reproductive health information and services to encourage healthy decision-making. I MATTER serves areas of West and Southwest Philadelphia.

Our approach encourages young people to understand the impact of teen pregnancy on their lives. This knowledge helps them succeed in school, reduce their chances of living in poverty, and achieve other goals for the future, including the goals they might have for their future children.

I MATTER is part of President Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, which aims to reduce teen births in selected communities nationwide. I MATTER is a multi-year project engaging community partners, stakeholders, and youth.

Core Partners Group

Erica Atwood, Specialist, External Affairs Community Engagement
Office of the Mayor

Joy Soto, Executive Director
Philadelphia Youth Commission

Dr. Kenisha Campbell, Medical Director
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Brenda Shelton-Dunston, Executive Director
Black Women’s Health Alliance

Cheyenne Draper, Chair
Youth Leadership Team

Natasha Graves, Coordinator for Adolescent Care
Philadelphia Department of Health

Terry Henry, Executive Director
West Philadelphia YMCA

Patrick Olesky, Center Director
Resources for Human Development
Family Practice and Counseling Network
Health Annex

Judith Peters
Office of Health, Safety & Physical Education
HIV Prevention Education Program
The School District of Philadelphia

Mary May, CEO
Butterfly Love Consultations

Tiffany Wilson, Director of Constituent Services
Office of State Senator Vincent Hughes

Special Thanks to our National Partners

Advocates for Youth » 
Healthy Teen Network »
CAI Global »
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy »
John Snow, Inc. (JSI) »