Training February 23 for Mentors for Teen Parents

7 Feb

20130126_145117We are pleased to report that two teens in our MotherLove program for teen parents graduated from high school in January! There are eleven more MotherLove participants who are on track to graduate this spring.

MotherLove’s primary goal is to support teens to graduation and on to a living wage job. Program staff and mentors* work with participants and the school systems to facilitate success in school. The program also encourages participants to pursue higher education, and helps them access information about local colleges and scholarship opportunities. In the past ten years, 100% of seniors enrolled in MotherLove have graduated 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).

*The support provided by our volunteer mentors is crucial to the success of the MotherLove program. If you are interested in this rewarding volunteer opportunity, we are holding a training for mentors on Saturday, February 23 from 9 am until noon. For more information, contact our Director of MotherLove, Tangela Ballard Bowman, at 254-7206 x 116 or email tangela.bowman@ywcaofasheville.org.

Pictured: Tangela Ballard Bowman and MotherLove participant Nikki at her graduation. Congratulations, Nikki!

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