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."

Friday, May 6, 2016

#NoTeenShame looks like National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes and Barack Obama

May is REALLY REALLY HARD but things like this make it a bit easier. 
The National Teacher of the Year award recipient this year was a teen mom and she just introduced the CHILD of a teen mom, President Barack Obama, at The White House. Both say they got to where they are today by SUPPORT, not shame. 

President Obama credits his mother, who had him as a teen, for the successes in his life. President Obama's maternal grandparents supported and helped their daughter raise her son.  

2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes credits teachers who encouraged her to stay in school even after she found out she was pregnant

Support goes a long way and it is important that we remember that ALL the time when thinking about pregnant and parenting teens. And it's especially important to remember it during May. 

Support= Prevention. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

#NoTeenShame Thunderclap

#NoTeenShame is
A movement led by young mothers to improve strategic messaging campaigns and conversation around young parenting to a non-stigmatizing and non-shaming approach, while highlighting the importance of comprehensive sex ed. 
One way do they do this is through an annual Thunderclap campaign to show the variety of support for pregnant and parenting young people.

If you agree with the mission of this year's Thunderclap which is,

#NoTeenShame is pushing back on the stigmatization of young parents because our futures and our children’s futures are deeply impacted by its presence. Our goal for May 2016 is to raise awareness on the issues young parents and their children in the face that stem from and are perpetuated through problematic campaigns. We ask that you please join in solidarity with young families and pledge today to continue recognizing and supporting young parents and their children, inspiring dialogues in your community, and sharing resources with young parents. 

Please sign on TODAY as TODAY is the last day of the sign on period of the campaign.