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Teen Mom Barrier #1: Society's Negative Expectations
Terrible comment #14: “Tell me how much your life sucks now.”
Too often teen moms are subjected to this “humiliation as a lesson for others” philosophy, which is yet to prove that it actually reduces the teen pregnancy rate. Ironically, many teen moms will tell you that becoming a mother actually saved her life, leading her to stop drinking or doing drugs, get out of a gang, or leave an abusive home situation.
Teen moms are naturally motivated to do better because they are determined to provide a better life for their child. Unfortunately, there are very few resources available to help them turn that motivation into a stable life for their little one.
Metro Denver has only one Residential Program dedicated solely to helping parenting teen moms become self-sufficient, and only one free GED Program focused solely on teen moms. There is only one high school in the whole state designed specifically to help teen moms complete high school and move on to further education.
Visit either one of these organizations and you will find teen moms working hard for a life that doesn’t “suck.” At Florence Crittenton, 81% of eligible seniors graduate from high school – compared to a graduation rate of 61% in Denver Public Schools as a whole!
At Hope House, 90% of Residential graduates have attained basic levels of self-sufficiency, and 48% of GED graduates attend one or more semesters of college- compared to a national average of 11%!
If you would like the opportunity to meet a real teen mom – not the MTV version – volunteer for a few hours at Hope House or Florence Crittenton. You will find that these young mothers have actually overcome a life that “sucks” and are providing a new world of opportunities for their children. They are focused, responsible, motivated, intelligent – and just plain wonderful.
Come find out for yourself – I promise you will be inspired by their courage and tenacity!
By Lisa Steven, Founder & Executive Director, Hope House of Colorado
Knowledge Share #8: Breaking Out of Poverty - 08/18/2016
Knowledge Share #7: Creating a Home - 07/11/2016
Knowledge Share #6: The Power of Mindset - 06/14/2016
Knowledge Share #5: College or Bust! - 05/17/2016
Knowledge Share #4:Understanding Addiction - 04/07/2016
Knowledge Share #3:Mentoring Empowers Teen Moms - 03/21/2016
Knowledge Share #2: Healthy Relationships - 02/11/2016
Knowledge Share #1: Brain Development - 01/12/2016
Teen Mom Barrier #8: Communicating the Barriers - 12/16/2015
Teen Mom Barrier #7: Homelessness - 10/09/2015
TEEN MOM BARRIER #6: GENERATIONAL POVERTY - 07/16/2015
Teen Mom Barrier Number #5: Domestic Violence - 06/03/2015
Teen Mom Barrier # 4 The Challenges of College - 05/12/2015
Teen Mom Barrier #2: Childcare - 02/18/2015
Teen Mom Barrier #1: Society's Negative Expectations - 01/26/2015
Teen Mom Misconceptions #5: Success is Impossible - 09/22/2014
Misconception #3: Mentoring Teen Moms is Complicated - 06/05/2014
Because they want someone to love them? - 05/21/2014
Teen Moms - A Persecuted Population? - 04/22/2014
Community - 01/20/2014
8 Pennies - 12/18/2013
"The most courageous young women I know." - 11/14/2013
Our Graduates: In their hands, they hold the future! - 09/30/2013
Measuring the Intangible - 06/15/2013
Grown-Up Mom - 05/01/2013
Misconception #4: Shaming Teen Moms is an Effective Approach
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