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In the constantly changing landscape we're currently facing, it's inspiring to see our supporters continue to show up for young families. We know that many worthy, life-saving causes also need you and that sacrifices are being made by everyone. We just want to say thank you and we are with you, as you are with us now, and we hope to continue to build on your generosity by seeing young families through this and all future crisis by empowering them with the skills , knowledge, and education to for young mothers and their children to be successful in life. Thank you.
Break the Cycle of Poverty
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Empowering Young Mothers to Graduate High School and Achieve Their Full Potential as Parents and in Life
The odds are stacked against teen mothers. Pregnancy is the number one reason girls drop out of school. Only 38% of teen mothers graduate from high school and less than 2% graduate from college before age 30. Without a high school diploma or GED, young mothers remain trapped in a cycle of poverty with scarce resources and little hope of providing a better life for themselves and their children. The children of young parents often end up facing the same challenges and the cycle of poverty continues from generation to generation.
When young women in high school get pregnant and become mothers, they face not only the financial challenges but also the social stigma and shame, resulting in a population of young families that, without support, are more at risk for behavioral and mental health challenges.
OUR INNOVATIVE SOLUTION:
Young moms are just like any other mother – they love their children and want to do right by them. But unlike most moms, teen moms are facing nearly insurmountable odds. This is where Teen Success, Inc. comes in. We meet their love and determination with support, skill-building, and opportunity.
When young women join our program, we prioritize helping them return to and stay in school, because we know education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. We also help them discover who they are as people and identify what it is they want out of life. We empower them to face their challenges in pursuit of their goals. We support them in developing positive and healthy relationships. And finally, we help them hone their parenting skills. This means they can become the moms they want to be, helping their children thrive right alongside them.
Through one-on-one mentorship, teen mothers receive the care and coaching they need to graduate high school, develop healthy parenting skills, and build a social-emotional fortitude to be successful. We create a supportive community, so teen mothers don't feel alone or isolated, but rather connected and loved.
Teen Success, Inc. provides scholarships to ease the financial burden of education.
Our two-generation approach lifts young, struggling families out of poverty by helping them attain success at home and in school, for both young mothers and their children.
- Of those who have completed Teen Success' programming, 92% have graduated from high school or are on track to do so, as compared to 38% of teen mothers nationally.
- 73 scholarships have been awarded to program participants for their post-secondary education
- Participants increased their parenting skills in the areas of empathy towards children, parent-child roles, and understanding of the appropriate discipline.
- Participants report reading to their children for an average of 15 minutes daily.
- 91% of participants' children are meeting their linguistic milestones.
- Additionally, 95% of participants report that the Teen Success, Inc. program meets their needs well.