Over Spring Break, participants in the YWCA MotherLove program for teen moms used the week off for fun and learning. On Monday, a group went to Mission Hospital where they visited the birthing unit and met with hospital staff. Tuesday was an entertaining day with lunch and a movie at Biltmore Square Park. On Wednesday, the group toured Western Carolina University. On Thursday, parents and babies enjoyed “Toddler Story Time” at Pack Memorial Library. Katilyn, a MotherLove participant, attended all four days of activities. When asked what her favorite thing about the week was, she said, “Making new friends. I really enjoyed getting to know the other girls in the program.” Moreover, she was very happy to learn that Western Carolina University has a child care center. “I want to go there for college,” she said.
The MotherLove program is currently seeking volunteer mentors willing to spend eight hours a month with a pregnant or parenting teen. There will be a mentor training at the YWCA on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 am – noon. Food will be provided. For more information, call MotherLove Director Tangela Ballard Bowman at 254-7206 x 116.