The Candies Foundation announced Tuesday it has appointed teen mom Bristol Palin as its new ambassador. The foundation, which encourages abstinence to prevent pregnancy among teenage girls, has chosen Palin to help promote National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on May 6.
In a release from the foundation, Palin said that she feels she can be an example to other young women about the consequences of teen pregnancy. "If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment," she said.
According to a press release, Palin will participate in a town hall on May 6 and in various interviews to promote the event.
Although Palin, whose son Tripp was born in December, has been "focused on college, advocating abstinence and raising Tripp," according to a family spokesperson, she told Fox News in February that abstinence "is not realistic" for young people.
Some have found Palin's involvement with the issue too controversial. Late last year, USA Today pulled a full-page PSA from The Candies Foundation that featured pictures of Palin and fellow teen mother Jamie Lynn Spears, citing fear of offending readers.