updated 5/5/2009 6:31:22 PM ET 2009-05-05T22:31:22

Unwed mother Bristol Palin is going to take part in a national campaign to help raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention.

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The 18-year-old daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been appointed as a Teen Ambassador for The Candie’s Foundation.

Bristol Palin will participate in a town hall meeting Wednesday in New York.

She said in a statement that she feels she could be a living example of the consequences of teen pregnancy.

“If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment,” she said.

Bristol Palin gave birth Dec. 27 to a boy named Tripp. She and the boy’s father, Levi Johnston, have separated.

Sarah Palin announced her daughter’s pregnancy on Sept. 1, days after Sen. John McCain picked her to be his Republican vice presidential running mate.

Bristol Palin in February told Fox News that teens should avoid sex, but abstinence is “not realistic at all.”

Maria Dolgetta, a spokeswoman for the foundation, said Palin will be paid for her appearance but declined to disclose how much.

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