Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Foster Care Youth Essay Contest

Do you know or are you a young person in foster care in New York City? If so, this essay contest which awards a MONEY prize might be of interest to you/them.
"Five Grand Prize winners will receive $1,000 each, and 10 additional winners will receive prizes of $500 to $700 each."
In order to enter you must:


  • Be nominated by an adult (if you would like to be nominated this is your chance to ask an adult in your life to nominate you!)  
  • Any current or former foster youth in the New York City foster care system who was born in 1996 or later. People born before 1996 are not eligible
  • write two essays


Deadline: March 3, 2017
Your complete entry, including the entry form, two essays, and adult recommendation letter, must be postmarked by March 3, 2017


For more information and necessary forms check out the official announcement page for the essay contest here and here



Monday, January 30, 2017

CUNY Childcare Centers for Students

Going to school as a parent is HARD and almost impossible when you do not have any leads on childcare. Thankfully some CUNY schools offer onsite childcare facilities for students who are enrolled and taking classes. 

While I was at Baruch I used the onsite childcare for a few weeks while I worked on a long term solution for Leilani. 

Below are all the current CUNY schools that offer childcare facilities on or near the campus so that going to school while parenting is a little less hard and impossible.

Please be advised that some charge a fee, all have different age requirements, and all have different hours. Feel free to use the image below to kick off your search. 
Hopefully the information below can help you make a decision about where and what CUNY school you want to go to. 

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Feel free to share the image to help others. 

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."