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 (, November 7-9 ( Friday, September 26, 2014
California (Bay Area), November 21-23 (
Deadline: Friday, October 3th, 2014"

PAID Internship Opportunity for High School Students at the Brooklyn Museum

Teen mom? Love art? Want a PAID internship?! Apply to the internship at the Brooklyn Museum!

(Text below is taken from the Brooklyn Museum website)

"In this paid internship, learn about art and art history with other teens from around New York City. As a Museum Apprentice, you'll go behind the scenes at the Brooklyn Museum throughout the school year to develop your own Museum tours and teach camp groups over the summer.

You will:
  • Meet curators and learn about the Museum's collections
  • Meet education staff and learn how to teach from objects in the Museum's collections
  • Develop and teach tours for children in summer camp groups
  • Assist with family programs like Arty Facts and Hands-On Art
  • Learn about education programming in a museum setting
  • Build your communication, planning, and teaching skills
  • Strengthen your sense of teamwork, time management, and responsibility
  • Be able to request a letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the program
  • Get paid $8.00 an hour through December 2014, then $8.75 an hour through August 2015. Returning Apprentices will be paid $9.00 an hour through December 2014, then $9.75 an hour through August 2015. Work up to 212 hours for the year!
To apply, you need to be 1) a high school student, 2) at least fourteen years old, and 3) able to commit to the activities below, which take place October 2014 through August 2015.
During the 2014–15 school year:
Wednesdays: 3 meetings a month, 5–7 p.m.
Saturdays: 2 Target First Saturday sessions, 4:45–9 p.m.
Sundays: 2 Arty Facts workshops, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

During summer 2015:
Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Submit your application between June 1 and October 12, 2014. Interviews take place the last weekend of October 2014. Have questions?Email us."

PAID Internship Opportunity for High School Students at the Brooklyn Museum  APPLY HERE!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PAID Youth Internship with New York Civil Liberties Union

The New York Civil Liberties Union, the organization that has this AMAZING guide to teen parents rights in New York, is looking for youth ages 14-21 for a PAID internship! Deadline to apply is Friday, September 26th! 
 (Below is from the NYCLU)
As the 2014-15 school year begins, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is once again seeking teens to join the Teen Activist Project (TAP)! The NYCLU’s paid youth program works on a wide range of social justice issues and is ideal for students interested in health care, law, social justice, and community organizing. Please consider sharing this opportunity with youth in your networks.

TAP meets weekly in lower Manhattan, and brings together teens from all over the NYC area to discuss civil liberties issues, such as students’ rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, freedom of speechhealthcare access rights – and more. TAP members work together to plan and execute a project on a social justice issue of their choice; last year’s final project was a photo essay about activism around NYC. The program offers students opportunities to meet and work with professionals on civil liberties issues, lobby city and state legislators, sharpen their public speaking skills, teach their peers important information about their rights, and much more.

To qualify to participate, applicants must be 14 to 21 years old and in a New York City high school or a GED program. Our meetings are held at the NYCLU’s offices at 125 Broad Street in Manhattan and take place on Mondays from 4:15 to 6:15 PM. Youth who join are expected to remain in the program for the length of the school year. TAP members receive $9.00 per hour or community service hours.

If you know youth who may be interested in applying to TAP, please pass on the attached application or direct them to apply via our website at Please be aware that this is a competitive position and we have a policy of selecting no more than two students from the same school or program.
Applications are due in our office by Friday, September 26th. Late applications may be disqualified, and interviews will take place the week of October 6th or 13th.
PDF application HERE 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

#NoTeenShame Educational Justice Chat

It took me YEARS to find out that teen parents have federal legal rights to continue their education before, during, and after becoming pregnant and or parents.

Join #NoTeenShame to talk about the rights you have as a teen parent in school.