Friday, November 21, 2014

John Jay College Scholarship for Teen Parents


DEADLINE DECEMBER 15th BEFORE 5pm EST! 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Push Back Seeks Contributing Writers






Want to write about your experiences as a teen parent for a safe and friendly site? Check out ThePushBack.org, if you like what you see and want to be a part of their contributing writers contact them via the parent site,MassTeenPregnancy.org, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram




Thursday, November 6, 2014

MIDLIFE TEEN MAMA TRAUMA, BY NINA PACKEBUSH via HIP MAMA

I've been doing a lot of reflecting lately on life and what my mamahood means to me and how it impacts the ways in which I move through life. 

Hip Mama, a magazine I contribute to, published a piece from a fellow teenage mama who is now a grandma and this paragraph really resonated with me, 

"Becoming a mama before I became an adult shaped who I am, and although there are a lot of scars associated with that, those scars make me who I am today. Those scars are evidence that I’m damn strong. Those scars have left me with a deep empathy for other people and an ability to creatively survive and thrive. I’m a queer. I’m a writer. I’m a granny. I’m a wanna-be-urban farmer and an unschooler. I’m a lot of things, but mostly I’m a teen mama and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, not even a good credit score and the ability to go the hospital in rumpled sweats and a tank top."

You can read the full article about teenage pregnancy, having a child who experiences a teenage pregnancy, and how the ways in which people treated you while you were a pregnant and parenting teen still stay with you as you grow older, the good and the not so good.

Thank you Nina for writing this. This teen mama appreciates it very much and makes me realize even more why #NoTeenShame is super important.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Best of the Left Podcast and #NoTeenShame

A very popular podcast called The Best of The Left picked up the article I wrote about how the media represents teenage parents, #NoTeenShame, and The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act!

I'm very excited that supporting pregnant and parenting teens is an idea that is reaching new and larger audiences! I wish that everyone knew how important support is and that we ALL need support and not shame.



Check out Best of the Left
Learn more about #NoTeenShame 
Read my article in RH Reality Check 
Learn and support The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act

Listen to the podcast and let me know what you think below in the comments or on Twitter @TeenMomNYC

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act Needs Your Help

Last week I wrote about New Mexico's new law making it easier for pregnant and parenting teens who are students stay in school and continue their education. This law would help several pregnant and parenting teens across New Mexico stay in school and complete school while pregnant and or parenting. 

On a more national level The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act legislation backed by the National Women’s Law Center and Healthy Teen Network is trying to do the same. 

Read more about the legislation:
What Does the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act Do?
  • Authorizes necessary resources for states and school districts to ensure that pregnant and parenting students get the support and encouragement they need to stay in school and graduate college or career ready.
  • Enables states to create a state plan for pregnant and parenting students, provide professional development and technical assistance to school districts, coordinate services with other state agencies, and disseminate information, among other activities.
  • Establishes a state coordinator and school district liaisons for the education of pregnant and parenting students.
  • Requires school district grantees to provide academic support services for pregnant and parenting students; assist students in gaining access to affordable child care, early childhood education, and transportation services; engage in student outreach, recruitment and retention;provide professional development for school personnel; and revise school policies and practices to remove barriers and encourage pregnant and parenting students to continue their education.
  • Allows districts to provide parenting and life skills classes; case management services; pregnancy prevention strategies; referrals to primary health care, family planning, mental health, substance abuse, housing assistance, legal aid, mentoring, or other supportive services needed by the student; as well as to address school climate issues, including illegal discrimination against and stigmatization of pregnant and parenting students.
  • Collects and reports data on pregnant and parenting students annually, including educational outcomes, and requires a rigorous evaluation of the program.
You can sign the letter urging your local elected officials to vote on this by clicking here

Together we can make education a reality for thousands of pregnant and parenting teens across the country!