Magazine article Variety

Fonda Inspires Teens

Magazine article Variety

Fonda Inspires Teens

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When Jane Fonda founded the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential in 1994, she met with resistance.

"I'm a controversial person, right? Coming from Hollywood I was looked on with suspicion as an elitist. I move to Georgia (after marrying media mogul Ted Turner) and I work in adolescent sexuality - again controversial," she says.

But she saw a need: The state had the highest rate of adolescent pregnancy, "not something anyone wants to boast about," she says.

Working with churches, Alcoholics Anonymous and others in the community, she found acceptance.

"Hope is the best contraceptive," she says. "Young people don't see a future for themselves to motivate them to delay sexual activity or use contraception. Middle-class kids know it will compromise their future, jobs, marriage."

GCAPP has expanded its mission to include health and fitness. …

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