It’s graduation season, and the YWCA of Asheville has graduates to celebrate.
The first group are the oldest children in our Child Care Center, who will be heading to Kindergarten in the Fall. We hold a Child Care “graduation” every Spring, and it is always an adorable event, with lots of music. This year’s graduation is happening on Friday. Pictured here are last year’s graduates, many of whom are now participants in our After School program.
Another group of graduates we are very proud to celebrate are the eleven teens who have been participating in our MotherLove program who are graduating from high school. Thanks in part to support from MotherLove mentors and staff, these young women have beat the odds. Specifically, nationwide statistics show that only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age (CDC). Over the past ten years, 100% of seniors enrolled in MotherLove have graduated from high school.
We wish all of the graduates the best as they enter their next phase of life!