DCís most economically challenged wards have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation and an infant mortality rate nearly twice the national average. Young people struggle to envision a life beyond poverty and to imagine how they might change their life trajectories. So HBP lays the groundwork for change by providing life skills classes that help young people make healthy choices and prevent teen pregnancy. The teen parents it does serve get evidence-based, one-on-one case management support so they can have healthy babies and build healthy, self-reliant families. Job readiness and advocacy training help everyone move out of poverty and into economic independence. The approach is holistic, hands-on, interactive, long-term. Last year alone, fewer than 1% of clients experienced an unplanned pregnancy, 100% of pregnant youth had healthy babies, and 223 District youth imagined a different future and took charge of their lives.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 7
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide
Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls
Schools They Work In: Anacostia; Ballou; Cardozo; Springarn
Awards & Recognition
Jamacian Women's Association, 2009 Breath of Life Campaign Grantee
- Healthy Babies Project Nominated for 2011 CLASSY Award
Wed Jun 22 2011, HBP ENews
Healthy Babies Project has been nominated for a 2011 CLASSY Award, which recognizes top philanthropic achievements by charities nationwide.
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for Healthy Babies Project, Inc. is: $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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