Friday, December 6, 2013
|Image Via the Sierra Club|
Are you interested in the connections between reproductive health, family planning, climate change, and sustainable development? The Sierra Club Global Population and Environment Program is now accepting applications for our Spring 2014 Fellowship, taking place in Washington, DC on !
I did the Fellowship last year and LOVED IT and highly encourage any teen mamas that are interested to apply!
I learned so much, met amazing people from all over the world, was able to develop myself as an advocate while gaining knowledge, and till this day have a great network and connection with The Sierra Club.
The Spring Fellowship Training offers young people and adult volunteers the opportunity to gain information and skills to effectively link these intertwined issues as leaders and activists on campus and in communities around the US.
After successful completion of the Fellowship, fellows will receive a stipend to implement their own campaigns to advance population, reproductive health, and environmental issues.
Please find the application here!
Applications are due by January 3, 2014 at 12:00am EST.
Please feel free to pass on this invitation to anyone you believe would be interested.
Any questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Teen and Young Mom Freelancers/Creatives and Organizations to Support this Holiday Season (and always)
As a freelancer I TRULY understand living in the space between doing what you love and sometimes getting paid on time for your work. It's hard, it's rewarding, it's draining, and wonderful all it once.
|The mailbox struggle is REAL|
This holiday season be sure to support at least one creative/freelancer who was a teen mom and one of the organizations that help us along the way!
If you know a pregnant and parenting teen these gifts are great for them, if you're a pregnant and or parenting teen ask your family and friends for something off this list. Whether you're a teen parent or not supporting freelancers and supporting organizations that help and support pregnant and parenting teens is great.
Teen and Young Mom Freelancers/Creatives to Support this Holiday Season
Dr. Watkin's website, Twitter, and Facebook.
Nicole Lynn Lewis's book: Glori. "Faced with tremendous obstacles including poverty, homelessness, an oppressive relationship and a drug-infested environment, Glori reveals the difficulties of surviving with a baby as well as the unforgettable triumphs and achievements along the way.
Ms. Nicole on Twitter, Facebook, and her personal website.
Alexandra Elle's book: Words From a Wanderer. "Words from a Wanderer" is a timeless and beautiful compilation of notes and poetry. This book was created with hopes of uplifting and encouraging readers in many ways."
Alexandra on Twitter
Tara Pringle-Jefferson's book: Make It Happen: The Young Mommy Guide To Creating A Career You Crave [Kindle Edition]. "This book is designed to help young mothers pinpoint their passion and find a way to pursue it that doesn't interfere with their role as a mom - in fact, it enhances it. Filled to the brim with tips and advice from other moms who've successfully built a career that fits their life, this is a must-have book for any young mother who is serious about building a career she can be proud of."
Tara on Twitter, the blog The Young Mommy Life, and Facebook
Christy Herring's event planning services. The Divaz Network "[A]n event planning company catered to business revitalization and branding. Here at The Divaz Network, we are building a community of women entrepreneurs who are empowering and supporting one another in making their businesses a successful journey!"
As well as Mommas and Munchkins. "a site for socialization of moms and their kids... with reviews, products, events and more!"
Leslea's photography services: "Simply Classy Photography A natural light photography business inApopka, Florida (Orlando) I know what's it's like to be short on cash but still want to capture my children growing up on camera so the packages are fairly priced...All photos are edited and placed on a CD for you to print what you like.
You can contact Leslea via Facebook, the company's website, and email.
Pregnant and Parenting Teen Friendly Organizations to Support this Holiday Season
More about us. You can make a donation here.
Massachusetts's Alliance on Teen Pregnancy. "We are the only organization in Massachusetts dedicated to ensuring that state policies and local programs effectively address the complex issues associated with teen pregnancy."
More about us. Donations welcomes here.
The BETA Center. "With a focus on parenting, teen moms and at-risk families, BETA Center changes behaviors and lives. The agency offers a wide range of services to support children and families, increase healthy family functioning and prevent child abuse and neglect."
More about us. Donations page
Resilience Advocacy Project. "Social Justice. A truly socially just society is one in which all individuals, irrespective of background, have equal access to the benefits of that society. All of our programs and policy initiatives aim to ensure that all youth have access to resources they need to maximize their potential and achieve their dreams."
Be sure to check out their awesome teen dad program page.
More about us. Donations welcomed here.
The Care Center. "Breaking barriers … lifting spirits … inspiring young women to excel intellectually and academically … providing access to arts and culture … supporting struggling young families as they move toward self-sufficiency … shifting from a community dealing with the challenges of poverty to one that is a leader in innovative education reform — these define the work of The Care Center."
More about us. Donations welcomed here
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Young moms advocacy program. "Some young mothers have been, and continue to be, dehumanized and stigmatized by many for carrying their pregnancy to a full-term. We decided to create a young mother’s group to have a safe space for them to come together and find strength in each other while countering all these attacks."
More about us. Donations page.
Alley's House. "There was a need within the community to provide services to teen mothers. Our mission: empowering teen mothers and their children to achieve independence through support services, education and mentoring. We accomplish this by providing comprehensive case management services, tutoring and life skill workshops."
Donations welcomed here
Covenant House. Covenant House has an international teen mother and child homeless shelter program. "Being a good mother is one of the toughest jobs in the world, and it's almost impossible when you are young, homeless, and without family. That is why our Mother/Child program was created to help these determined mothers and pregnant teenagers secure a brighter, more stable future for themselves and their babies"
More about the program here. Donation page here.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This year however I have learned that some stores are making the holiday season a bit less stressful for us be offering FREE store pick up! That means you order your items online, select store pick up, and pick them up without having to have an epic Jingle All The Way fight scene for that last toy on the shelf with that super caffeinated soccer parent.
Both Sears and Kmart offer free in store pickup, letting you shop thousands of gifts online in the comfort of your own home before picking up your items in store in 5 minutes guaranteed (or whenever you're ready). With in store pickup you'll avoid lines, busy stores and the wasted time of walking down every aisle. The bow on top: You can have a friend or relative pick up your order and pay in store with cash. YES a different person can pick up the order for you! So when you feel like you need to be in two places at once you can actually sort of do that!
How great is it that Christmas shopping can be done right from your home while your child naps so you don't have to get a babysitter to watch them for the time you would be shopping at the store. Plus you can log off knowing your shopping is taken care of and spend more time with your family or hiding in the bathroom for a break. (come one we all do it once in a while)
Learn more about this awesome service at Sears: http://bit.ly/HL896t and Kmart: http://kmrt.us/1bmIoRk
Presented by Mami Innovative Media, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Sears and Kmart.
All opinions expressed here are my own.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I had the great honor of interviewing Ms. Nicole and love her honesty and positivity.
You can find Generation Hope and Ms. Nicole on Twitter, Facebook, the organization's website, and her personal website.
Let me know what you think about the interview below, on Twitter, or on Facebook!
Monday, December 2, 2013
First up is a book by former teen mom Alexandra Elle. Alexandra is a writer, creative, and over all inspiring, wise, and radiant woman. Her book is full of short poems and love letters to herself. Weaving self love with struggle, human flaws, beauty and encouragement all at once.
End this year and bring in the next year with love and positive affirmations.
You can find Alexandra on Twitter here.
Deadline to enter is DECEMBER 8th.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Head over to RH Reality Check for my latest on shame from all over the political arena for pregnant and parenting teens. Here.