The Knox Adolescent Partners in Prevention Initiative began in 1991 as a community coalition to address the issues surrounding teen pregnancy and parenting. It is part of a state-wide effort of the Tennessee Department of Health and is housed at the Knox County Health Department.

KAPPI's Philosophy

Abstinence is the most responsible and effective means of preventing pregnancy and should be strongly encouraged.  However, it is recognized that some adolescents may become pregnant in spite of these efforts.  Work must be done to ensure that needed health, educational, vocational and social services are accessible and acceptable to these adolescents and their children.

KAPPI's Objectives:

  1. Promote total community involvement in the problem of adolescent pregnancy
  2. Reduce adolescent pregnancy in Tennessee
  3. Improve coordination and the services available for pregnant adolescents and adolescent parents
  4. Sponsor annual conferences
  5. Develop multimedia campaigns and educational programs
  6. Work with the medical, educational, and faith community, as well as parents.
  7. Partner with more than 30 Knox County agencies and organizations
  8. Conduct an annual retreat every year in January that allows coalition members to assist in the development of goals and objectives for the year

In 2008, KAPPI became exempt from Federal income tax under section 501©3 of the Internal Revenue Code; incorporating KAPPI as a non-profit corporation in Tennessee. As such contributions to KAPPI are deductible under section 170 of the Code.

For more information on how you can become involved with KAPPI, please contact KAPPI coordinator: [email protected]


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