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"The most courageous young women I know."
Most people don’t think much about teen moms – except maybe to shake their heads at the MTV reality shows or the occasional “Babies having Babies” headline. Or worse, they lump teen moms into a category of people they deem a “drain on society,” costing tax dollars while they live on welfare. But then again, most people have never met a teen mom – even though every year in Colorado over 4,000 teenage girls become a mother. For me, the words “teen mom” bring to mind the faces, names and lives of the most courageous young women I know.
Marisa was 11 years old when her brother introduced her to the gang life. It took ten years, two little ones, and an unbelievable amount of strength to leave that life behind, and now she has an education, an apartment and a small business opening in January.
Abby was in 4th grade the first time her mom made her blow into the ignition switch of the car, so that she could drive her to school, even though she’d already been drinking. At 15 Abby was pregnant -- and in foster care. Today Abby is 21 and is a preschool teacher, rents a home with a back yard, and volunteers her time at her church.
Megan was 12 when her mom introduced her to meth. She never attended middle school because they were homeless. Today she is a dental assistant, providing for two little boys and about to go back to school on a scholarship to become a dental hygienist.
These girls are my personal heroes. They will move mountains to protect, provide and parent in ways they never experienced themselves. They just need a loving community, a little encouragement, and the tools to meet their goals.
This holiday season I challenge you to do more than write a check. If you live in the Denver area, come visit Hope House on December 10th, take a tour, join our community, and offer an encouraging word to a girl who may look too young to be towing around a toddler… but who just might become your personal hero one day.
If you aren’t in Denver, find a place in your community that loves and encourages teen moms and offers them the tools they need to build a stable life. I promise that you will come to understand the word “hope” in a whole new way. If you can’t find one, call me. I’ll tell you how to start one.
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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