Jasmine Moore was only 16 years old and a sophomore in high school when she became pregnant with her daughter, Jalin. At that time, Jasmine’s mother was stationed in Iraq. With her mother far away and a baby on the way, Jasmine needed extra support as she prepared for parenthood. Her school counselor told her about MotherLove, the YWCA’s program that helps young parents make it to a bright future, including graduation from high school.
Through the YWCA’s MotherLove program, Jasmine found a supportive group of other teen moms and adult mentors who encouraged her to stay in school and to follow her dreams. This support was crucial.
“I was expecting a baby and my mom was gone, and I just didn’t know what I was going to do. I felt like just giving up on everything. But MotherLove kept me going.” – Jasmine
Jasmine did stay in school, and her senior year applied for and received a $1,000 college scholarship from MotherLove. She is now a Freshman at Elizabeth City State University, and Jalin is thriving.
You can help others find hope for the future like Jasmine and Jalin did. Give today to the YWCA of Asheville Annual Fund. Your participation at any level makes a world of difference to young parents like Jasmine. Where else can you get that kind of return on investment? And, your donation to the YWCA is tax-deductible – so be sure to gift your gift in before the tax year ends!