Pregnancy and parenting responsibilities often increase a teen mother's risk of dropping out of school but we know that supports for teen mother's can go a long way. Teen mothers are often very motivated to complete their education in order to create a better life for themselves and their child but because of barriers such as lack of childcare or transportation, discrimination, and juggling parenting and schoolwork staying in school can be very difficult. Support and encouragement can make all the difference in their lives and their children's lives!
The Healthy Teen Network and the National Women's Law Center have been co-leading an effort to improve graduation rates among pregnant and parenting youth by providing these students the necessary policy and resource supports to assist them in completing their high school educations prepared for college or careers. Thanks to their advocacy, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (New Mexico) and U.S. Representative Jared Polis (Colorado) have stepped forward in Congress to lead this charge by agreeing to introduce the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act (PPSAE). This bill would authorize resources for states and school districts to ensure that pregnant and parenting students get the support that they need to stay in school and graduate career or college ready. TSI applauds these Members of Congress for their leadership.
These Members of Congress plan to introduce their bills in May. TSI has signed on as a sponsor of this Bill. Take action today and assist us in building local and statewide support for the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act. Write Your Senators and Representatives now using this automated, customizable action message for individuals and organization representatives to generate messages to your Members of Congress in the matter of a few key strokes. Any individual can take this action, which takes five minutes or less. Also, please distribute the link to the young people you support, your colleagues, and your friends and ask them to take action also.
Help spread the word on social media! Sample Facebook status updates and Tweets:
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...when you help a teen mom you are changing not just one life, you are changing two.
We hope you will join us and meet the inspirational teen mothers we work with.