Mrs. Chavez, who had her first child at 15 in 1985, and Angel Gonzalez, who had his child at 19 in 2014. By pursuing this intimate portrait of teen pregnancy, Real Chi Youth reports are investigating how the landscape of teen pregnancy has changed.
According to a study published in 2012 by the Chicago Department of Public health, “the teen birth rate decreased 33 percent from 1999 to 2009 [in Chicago], but Chicago’s rate is still one-and-a-half times that of the United States. The teen birth rates for Hispanics and non hispanic blacks are higher than those in non hispanic Asians and non hispanic whites.”
The experience of being a woman and a parent has changed dramatically in the past 30 years, in ways that go forgotten when only the statistics are looked at. This is why Real Chi Youth reporters are curious to portrait the Chavez’s experience. It is a way to look at the stories and experiences the statistics miss. This story is solutions journalism because it will be taking a look at how advocation and prevention initiatives have shifted over a generation instead of only reporting the statistics on the matter.
By Evie Lacroix, Alyssa Chavez and Tyshawn Martin