Why I love Teen Success Inc.
By Peter Belden
With so many organizations out there doing good work, what is it that makes Teen Success Inc. stand out? To me the specific focus on teen moms, an often overlooked group, and the clarity of Teen Success, Inc.'s goals sets Teen Success, Inc. apart. This clarity makes it easy to understand what the organization is trying to achieve and to see how it is progressing.
Teen moms are a clear, specific and overlooked population. Even many people who are concerned about teen pregnancy do not realize how common repeat teen pregnancy is and the lack of programs that work with teen moms. By focusing just on this group Teen Success Inc. has developed particular understanding and trust with the Teen Success members it serves.
Teen Success, Inc. has three goals:
1. maintain family size by avoiding unplanned pregnancy
2. complete high school
3. develop strong parenting skills to nurture their child's positive development
The clarity of these goals and the way in which the Teen Success curriculum directly addresses each of them reveals the careful thought that went into their selection. These three goals are also complementary. While other programs may focus only on parenting skills or mentoring for life skills they generally do not address the important topics of high school completion and of providing information on birth control to avoid another teen pregnancy that could the young mom’s plans. It was my head that brought me to Teen Success, Inc. but it's my heart that keeps me there. My head was attracted by the organization's clear strategy, but once I was able to visit a Teen Success group and hear from the teen moms in person my heart was hooked.
With such a high need, an important population being served and a clear set of goals I was excited by the opportunity to support Teen Success, Inc. and I hope you will consider it as well. And if that’s not enough, when you help a teen mom you are changing not just one life, you are changing two.
Peter Belden is a Teen Success, Inc. Board Member and is co-founder of Upstream USA.
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