Maci Bookout, Sean Lowe and Vanessa Hudgens with their awards.
Over the years, Maci Bookout has made it her mission to help spread awareness about teen pregnancy, and on Wednesday's thirteenth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the former “Teen Mom” cast member was recognized for her efforts. Along with actress Vanessa Hudgens and reality star Sean Lowe, the young mother was acknowledged at a Candie's Foundation event in New York City.
“Blessed to be honored by the @candiesorg for my efforts in teen pregnancy prevention, on the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy,” the MTV alum posted on her Instagram page. “Means so much to me! xo #NoTeenPreg #NYC,” she added.
Every year, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy strives to draw attention to the issue of teen pregnancy and provide education on how best to deter it. Maci, as well as all of the young women who have appeared on “16 and Pregnant” and the “Teen Mom” franchises, have had an incredible impact on the decline in teen births.
In research released earlier this year, experts found that one-third of the drop in teen births since 2009 can be attributed to the MTV series. They concluded that watching the struggles and heartaches of teenagers who became parents before they were ready demonstrates how difficult teen parenting can be, and discourages other youth from doing the same.
For more information on preventing pregnancy, head to MTV’s It’s Your Sex Life website.