Every teen girl has a right to the support, knowledge, and skills she needs to thrive; but some face more obstacles than others. Building on its long history in the region, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington helps teen girls believe in their ability to succeed – even in the face of significant challenges. In 2011, DC had the nation’s highest rate of teen pregnancy for girls ages 15-17 and of HIV diagnoses for girls and young women 13-24. Participants in Crittenton’s programs – who come from African-American and immigrant families in the District and Montgomery County – learn about healthy relationships with peers, dating partners, and parents; reproductive health, nutrition, and fitness; and then college and career options. According to Crittenton, the teens are not “at risk,” but rather have “unlimited potential and a future that is theirs to create.” And the results are life-changing: girls stay in school, avoid pregnancy, graduate from high school, and go on to college and careers. An investment in these girls is an investment in our collective future.