Thursday, November 3, 2016

Seleni teen parent expo in New York City

Seleni is having another teen parent expo and I would love to see you there. 
I am going and will be speaking about my life and experiences. 

Seleni is a great organization doing amazing work for pregnant and parenting young people here in New York City. Come learn, find community, and hang out! 

Childcare, food, and some giveaway are included! 
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Monday, October 31, 2016

How a Silicon Valley Techie is changing the way we talk about pregnant and parenting teens

Natasha is a great friend of mine and someone I am so happy to know.

The feature article about her via BizJournal.com's Biz Women section speaks so much truth to power and mirrors so many of the stories I am told by other young pregnant and expecting parents.

Some of my favorite parts include her talking about how stereotypes elders told her about herself influenced how she felt about herself

Her [] guidance counselor refused to help her apply for colleges because, as Vianna was told, it was going to be a miracle if she graduated high school.“In reality, she was just lowering my expectations for myself,” Vianna said. “There was part of me that was like, ‘I know this is wrong.’ But another part of me was like, ‘But so many adults are telling me this — what if they’re right?’”

But once she started connection with other teen parents her thoughts about herself changed, 

When she started to connect with other teen moms — none of whom matched the stereotype she’d been sold as her future — she realized they weren’t.
“It’s not actually us that’s the problem,” Vianna said.
She also states something I have felt for a long time,

 "I would absolutely love if we just eliminated that term [teen pregnancy prevention] and that framework and worked on positive youth development instead." 
And while she mostly felt shame for having her daughter as a teen now Natasha feels a different way,

“I love being a mother,” she said. “It’s one of the things that I’m most proud of, and to think that 10 years ago I was ashamed to tell anyone and now it’s the first thing I want to talk about, it’s quite the change for me.”

You can read the whole feature here.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Free Parenting Course for Young Parents in Brooklyn

I got an email with information about a free Parenting Course for Young Parents in Brooklyn. I can not vouch for how welcoming or non judgmental this space is for teen parents but still want to pass this opportunity along to you all in the event it is something you are interested in.
Please note: food and metro cards will be available

You can find more information about the organization that is putting this program together by visiting their website at LiftOnline.Org.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ReThink TPPM

I made this images because I was moved to present the other set of facts in many of the prevention folks use to justify stigmatize and shame teen and young mothers. 

I was interviewed by Taylor Bell of ATTN on why I made the images, read some of it below.

"And it's past time that all men who contribute to any pregnancy, especially an unintended teenage pregnancy, are held accountable, too," Malone said.


"The things prevention folks say about young people who experience an unintended pregnancy are super problematic, and I knew and continue to know there is more to the story than they choose to put out there about me, my family, and my peers."

Friday, May 6, 2016

#NoTeenShame looks like National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes and Barack Obama

May is REALLY REALLY HARD but things like this make it a bit easier. 
The National Teacher of the Year award recipient this year was a teen mom and she just introduced the CHILD of a teen mom, President Barack Obama, at The White House. Both say they got to where they are today by SUPPORT, not shame. 


President Obama credits his mother, who had him as a teen, for the successes in his life. President Obama's maternal grandparents supported and helped their daughter raise her son.  


2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes credits teachers who encouraged her to stay in school even after she found out she was pregnant

Support goes a long way and it is important that we remember that ALL the time when thinking about pregnant and parenting teens. And it's especially important to remember it during May. 

Support= Prevention. 




Tuesday, May 3, 2016

#NoTeenShame Thunderclap

#NoTeenShame is
A movement led by young mothers to improve strategic messaging campaigns and conversation around young parenting to a non-stigmatizing and non-shaming approach, while highlighting the importance of comprehensive sex ed. 
One way do they do this is through an annual Thunderclap campaign to show the variety of support for pregnant and parenting young people.

If you agree with the mission of this year's Thunderclap which is,

#NoTeenShame is pushing back on the stigmatization of young parents because our futures and our children’s futures are deeply impacted by its presence. Our goal for May 2016 is to raise awareness on the issues young parents and their children in the face that stem from and are perpetuated through problematic campaigns. We ask that you please join in solidarity with young families and pledge today to continue recognizing and supporting young parents and their children, inspiring dialogues in your community, and sharing resources with young parents. 

Please sign on TODAY as TODAY is the last day of the sign on period of the campaign.