Thursday, December 5, 2013

Teen and Young Mom Freelancers/Creatives and Organizations to Support this Holiday Season (and always)

Teen and Young Mom Freelancers/Creatives and Organizations  to Support this Holiday Season
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

I've been asking people to support freelancers and creatives this holiday season and realized I needed to make a list specifically for teen and young mom creatives and freelancers. Below are two list. The first is a list of creatives and freelancers who became mothers in their teens or at age 20. The second is a list of organizations that help support pregnant and or parenting teens.

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. Melanie Watkins's book: Taking My Medicine. "Taking My Medicine is a story of triumph -- overcoming the stigma of a teenage pregnancy and the journey to Stanford medical school." 
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 TwitterFacebook, 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!"

Ariel Gore's laundry list of books, Hip Mama Zine, and writing trainings and consulting. "Ariel Gore is the editor & publisher of Hip Mama and the author of eight books. Her latest, The End of Eve, chronicles her years spent caring for her dying mother. The memoir has been called “Terms of Endearment meets Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" 

Leslea's photography services: "Simply Classy Photography A natural light photography business in
Apopka, 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 

Nicole Lynn Lewis's Nonprofit: Generation Hope. "Generation Hope is a nonprofit organization that matches sponsors with teen parents who are attending college and are in need of financial and emotional support. " 
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.