Videos

Teen Mothers

GREENVILLE, Georgia — Meriwether County parent educator Erma Harden works in Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services’ Circle of Care program, an organization that provides support and resources for teen parents. In rural Georgia, Harden happily serves as a maternal mentor to young mother Kelisha Favors, 21.

With plans to graduate from college in 2018 and work as a social worker, Circle of Care has kept Favors motivated as she takes a full course load — that’s crucial considering fewer than 2 percent of teenage mothers graduate from college.

“I have thought about giving up plenty of times, and [Harden] taught me to be a better person and a better mother,” Favors said.

According to Harden, low self-esteem is the biggest obstacle young mothers face. “They think that people are looking down on them,” Harden said. “We always try to build them up and let them know that ‘just because you got pregnant doesn’t mean it stops here. You still have those dreams.’”

Comments

Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.

DONORS & DONOR TRANSPARENCY

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Recent Comments

Archives

Categories

Search

Kennesaw State University Mountain Logo & Ceneter for Sustainable Journalism Logo
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2018 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
Kennesaw State University, 1200 Chastain Blvd. Suite 310, Kennesaw GA 30144

To Top