Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Law Helps Teen Moms Stay in School

New Mexico has passed laws that make finishing your education after having a baby much easier! 

Attending school as a parent is difficult and having schools discriminate you even more hard to stay in and finish school however, because of advocacy from teenage families and people and organizations that support us, New Mexico's Parental Leave Law can help change this for teenage parents in New Mexico.
"It would not have surprised many had Karina Ramirez not graduated from high school last school year. As a senior at Valencia High in Los Lunas, New Mexico, Ramirez gave birth to a son. “When I got pregnant even my family said, ‘OK so she’s not graduating, she’s not going to be anyone in this life,’” the 19-year-old said recently.  
Two weeks after Ramirez’s baby was born, she says a school administrator called and left a message with her parents: “They told me I was dis-enrolled because I missed too many days.”"
Read more about Karina's story and the new law here
Read about your FEDERAL rights as a pregnant and or parenting teen here.

Teen Mom Zine: PLAN C: Quit the Shame, Blame & Judgement - Young Parents Speak

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CL4RJ) is a super dope California based organization that works with amazing teenage families in California.
The young mothers they work with have been working hard on a Zine (which is kind of like a journal meets a magazine) about the life, beauty, hardships, and annoyances from stigma and shame teenage mother and out families have to deal with.

"PLAN C: Quit the Shame, Blame & Judgement - Young Parents Speak," is written by and for young parents. A great tool for allies and young parents like, the zine pushes back and challenges stereotypes of young families in our communities through the shared experiences of young parents in California
We invite you to like and share widely!!! Let the YPLC know they are making a difference with their work!

To download & or read ---> http://bit.ly/PLANC_Zine

Check out the Zine and let me and CL know what you think!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Domestic Violence Comes in Several Different Ways

October is Domestic Violence awareness month. 

Domestic Violence awareness month seeks to raise awareness about how prevalent domestic violence [DV](also referred to as dating violence and or intimate partner violence [IPV]) is. 
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 in 3 women are affected by domestic violence worldwide. In the United States the number is approximately 1 in 5. 

When most people think about DV/IPV we think about physical violence only and do not realize that DV/IPV comes in many different ways and forms. My latest article on MommyNoire explains how focusing the conversation on purely physical acts of violence is narrow and dangerous. 

"TMZ releasing the video of Ray Rice knocking out his then fiancé, now wife, Janay Palmer was catalyst for public discussions on domestic violence (DV), which can also be referred to as intimate partner violence (IPV).
However, these conversations are very narrow. They focus primarily on direct physical violence through a form of direct impact. Focusing the conversation on this very narrow impression of what DV/IPV is omits the different forms that DV/IPV can take which include but are not limited to emotional, economic, psychological, and sexual abuse. These forms of abuse are just as violent, hurtful, difficult to leave, and can be precursors to possible physical violence. 
Click through to the link to read more of the article.
 See more at: mommynoire.com

Please note that computer activity can be monitored (by abusers), click through at your own safety. If you feel that you are experiencing domestic violence and or intimate partner violence you can contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Monday, October 6, 2014

T. Howard Foundation internship Program

The T. Howard Foundation internship Program is accepting applications! The purpose and mission of the T. Howard Foundation is, " to diversify the media and entertainment industry by increasing the representation of minority young men and women within the industry."

Internship Program Eligibility & How to Apply
The Internship Program is open to minority students enrolled full-time at accredited 4-year colleges/universities in the United States, and is open to ALL academic majors.
The Foundation defines minority students as those who self-identify as African-American/Black, Asian/Asian-American, Latino/Hispanic, Multi-Racial, Native American, Pacific Islander or South Asian.
Eligibility Requirements
-  Minority sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student at an accredited 4-year
   U.S. college/university (must have completed 24 credit hours by December 1)
-  U.S. citizen or permanent resident
-  Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8

-  Available to work full-time from June-August (summer internship program only)
The Application Process
The Internship Program application is now available.
Early Application Deadline:  Friday, October 31, 11:59 p.m. ET
Final Application Deadline:  Monday, December 1, 11:59 p.m. ET
The competitive path to becoming a T. Howard Foundation intern consists of two phases:
Phase I: Online Application Completion and Review
Phase II: Interview
More information how to apply. To apply click here.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Trouble with Saying "I Beat Teenage Pregnancy"

This excerpt of an article from URGE writer Robyn makes me SO happy! More and more people seem to be realizing and stating that us- teenage parents- are NOT terrible people and that we deserve respect too.
Read it and let me know what you think.

I celebrated my 20th birthday a few weeks ago, and, like many Millennials on a holiday, I struggled to find the perfect Facebook status to capture the moment.
I could have followed in the footsteps of my peers, who have overwhelmingly posted on their respective birthdays some variation of, “I beat teen pregnancy!”
The phrase is so common that a friend of mine actually yelled it to me when we crossed paths on my special day—“Happy Birthday, Robyn! And congrats, you beat teen pregnancy!”
But is teen pregnancy really something that needs to be “beat”?
This terminology implies that teen pregnancy is akin to diseases, like cancer or addiction.
When my peers say, “I beat teen pregnancy,” they say it in the same proud tone and in the same congratulatory manner than one might say, “I beat lung cancer!”
The root of the problem lies in the stigma surrounding teen pregnancy. Our society so looks down upon it that to many people, avoiding teen pregnancy is actually similar to recovering from an illness.
It’s ironic, though. 
To read the rest of the article click here.

What do you think? Is Robyn right or wrong? Let me know in the comments. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Advocacy Training Via URGE

I highly encourage teen parents who are in Alabama, Ohio, and the Bay Area in California to apply to this opportunity via URGE.

"We are excited to host 3 Reproductive Justice Leadership Institutes (RJLI)  this fall! RJLIs introduces students throughout the country to the reproductive justice movement, build networks of student activists in our priority states, and assist students who are interested in creating or strengthening a campus reproductive justice chapter.
The Leadership Institute is a weekend-long conference and is open to young people (age 18-25) throughout the state.
The weekend includes conversations about reproductive justice at the intersections of race, class, gender, and faith, the political landscape in the state and strategies for campus organizing. Twenty-five students will be accepted to each Institute. URGE covers the cost of travel, lodging and most meals.
Alabama, October 24-26 (http://bit.ly/2014ALrjli)Ohio, November 7-9 (http://bit.ly/URGEohioDeadline: Friday, September 26, 2014
California (Bay Area), November 21-23 (http://bit.ly/2014CArjli
Deadline: Friday, October 3th, 2014"