Photographed by Thomas Roberts.
In recognition of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, midday radio personality T.T. Torrez of WCDX-FM 92,1 FM has launched a month-long campaign to educate and eliminate teen pregnancies in the Richmond area.
The campaign is called, “I’ll Wait Until I Graduate” and it asks area teens and young adults to commit to staying in school to finish their secondary and college education before starting families. Young women are invited to sign a pledge which is located on the WCDX website, www.ipower921.com. The goal is to get 2000 girls to sign and take the pledge.
T.T. Torrez will take this campaign to neighborhoods around the Richmond area throughout May broadcasting live at area shopping centers, fast food restaurants and other recreational areas.
“I’m passionate about girls getting educated and succeeding in life on their own terms by first staying in school, getting their diploma, whether it is high school or college, and starting their families later,” says T.T. “There’s plenty of time for having a baby. Take care of yourselves first.”
“There’s no better ambassador for young women in the Richmond area than T.T. Torrez,” says Linda Forem, Vice-President and General Manager of WCDX. “She wants nothing more than to help our community grow young women with strong futures ahead of them.”
T.T. Torrez will also continue this campaign throughout the school year as a healthy theme for young women throughout the Richmond area.
Today I choose to make a commitment to myself, my family, and my friends NOT to parent a child until I’m mentally, physically and spiritually able to accept ALL responsibilities of having and raising a child. I am committing to wait, at least, until I graduate from high school and/or finish all of the educational training I will need to be self sufficient and successful in life. In order to accomplish this goal, I pledge to act responsibly, hold others accountable and to make mature decisions when it comes to engaging in ANY sexual activity.