Learning About Advocacy

10 May

MotherLove Participants

Last Thursday the YWCA MotherLove program, in collaboration with  ChildrenFirst/ Communities In Schools of Buncombe County and the Junior League of Asheville, hosted an educational program about how to advocate for NC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Intiatives.

Representative Susan Fisher speaking

MotherLove Director Tangela Bowman started the event by welcoming everyone. The turnout at the was impressive, which said a lot for the importance of this issue. Representative Susan Fisher said a few words, and introduced Patricia Yancey, Public Education Director of the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of NC. Yancey gave a very detailed presentation about the issues related to teen pregancy in North Carolina, and what we can do to help support the programs that work on these issues throughout the state.

Patricia Yancey speaks to the group

The progam ended with testimonials from pregnant and parenting teens in the MotherLove mentoring program. These girls spoke passionately about how crucial the support of the MotherLove program has been to them. They expressed gratitude for MotherLove which has given them powerful support and helped them to find friends that have similar challenges. And they cited MotherLove as helping to give them the extra confidence needed to stay in school, graduate, and to pursue big goals.

MotherLove participants with Patricia, Susan and Tangela

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