Participants in the YWCA MotherLove program for pregnant and parenting teens recently took a trip to the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee. They learned about what WCU has to offer, including a visit to the campus child care center. Currently all 22 girls in the MotherLove program have met their attendance and academic goals for the school year so far. We are confident that this spring, as in previous years, we will once again have 100% of seniors in the MotherLove graduating from high school. This is compared to nationwide statistics that show that only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age (CDC). Many MotherLove participants go on to pursue higher education, and campus visits are one way that we encourage teens to consider this possibility.
In other MotherLove news, the annual YWCA MotherLove Giving Tree is now up in our lobby. Community members are invited to stop by and pick a star that lists the holiday wishes of a teen mother and her family. You can support these families by providing the gifts requested.
For more information about MotherLove, call Tangela Ballard Bowman at 254-2706 x 116 or email email@example.com.