||Sharon Rodine, Youth Initiatives Director|
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Sharon Rodine has served as the Youth Initiatives Director at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy for nearly 20 years, where she has developed initiatives, research projects and national partnerships to promote youth development and teen pregnancy prevention. These projects have included:
• The HEART of OKC, a CDC-funded model linking teen pregnancy prevention with asset-building;
• the Youth Asset Study, a CDC-funded research study designed with the OU Health Sciences Center that explored the relationship between a series of risk behaviors and protective factors;
• the Oklahoma Afterschool Network, a statewide network focused on improving the quality and availability of out-of-school-time opportunities; and
• Healthy Teens OK, a statewide effort promoting best-practice, evidence-based approaches to teen pregnancy prevention.
Sharon served on the initial State & Local Action Task Force for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy and co-chaired of the Scientific Advisory Committee for a teen pregnancy prevention initiative funded by the Division of Adolescent & Reproductive Health in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has worked with CDC on numerous projects and was one of the invited presenters for CDC’s Expert Panel on Youth Development.
Before moving to Oklahoma, Sharon directed the National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention in Washington, DC, now called the Healthy Teen Network. In 2009, she received their “Pioneer Award” recognizing her contributions to the field. Previous to that position, she directed a national women’s political education organization in Washington, DC, a statewide network of teen parent programs in Texas, the Downtown YWCA in Houston and the Extension 4-H & Youth Program in two counties in Iowa.