By Ashly McGlone The Daily Review POSTED: 01/02/2014
"SAN LEANDRO -- Seventeen-year-old Dianne Baviera looks forward to graduating in June and going to college to study criminal justice so she might one day investigate and solve crimes. Before then, there are bottles to fill, diapers to change and pediatrician's appointments to attend for her increasingly active little one, Arabella."
"Baviera became a teen mother a year ago and is still learning what that means, all while keeping an eye on her aspirations."
By Peter Belden
The teen birth rate in the United States has declined to an all-time low, down by an amazing 52 percent since the early 1990s. And according to new analysis by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a Hewlett grantee, there is even more good news. Taxpayers saved an estimated $12 billion in 2010 alone due to the nearly one-half decline in the teen birth rate between 1991 and 2010.
The National Campaign celebrated the remarkable progress made by the nation’s teens at a “52 and Falling” event on December 3. There were many exciting parts of the event, including a presentation on a fantastic TV show, East Los High. The event didn’t just cover the amazing progress from the past, it also included a discussion of what new additional strategies might keep the trend going.
12/3/13, Everything South City
Moms everywhere will attest to the fact that motherhood is a lot of work under any circumstances. But for teen moms it becomes even more difficult as they are still striving to reach their own basic goals such as finishing high school. Teen Success, Inc. has provided help for teen moms and Adriana Escobar has just announced that teen moms can remain in the program until they reach 21 years of age. This means moms can enroll up to the age of 20 so that they can complete their high school education and receive their diplomas (or equivalent).
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Teen Success, Inc. is making an impact on the lives of its program members. Delaying an additional pregnancy while a teen, completing high school and developing social and emotional assets are the goals of the program for its members. In the 2012-13 program year, we measured the effectiveness of the program in regard to these goals.
Here are the results!
East Palo Alto, Teen Success, Inc. facilitators, Ana and Latu, met with Katia and Diosela at the Ravenswood Family Health Center to get them enrolled in the Teen Success, Inc. program.
Katia, a 17 year-old who is eight months pregnant, was enrolled in a youth leadership program in her community, but stopped because she was embarrassed and worried they would judge her. She was eager to join Teen Success, Inc. and continue being involved in out-of-school activities in an environment where she could feel safe and comfortable.
This September, Teen Success, Inc. added an additional six support programs to its network serving 72 teen mothers and their children. Teen Success, Inc. is currently in a three-year growth plan to significantly scale up the number of teen mothers who can participate in the program. The expansion is focused on California's Central Valley.
Thanks to the generosity of the Reis Foundation, Teen Success, Inc. launched an annual scholarship program for teen mothers graduating from the Teen Success, Inc. program. The purpose of the Teen Success, Inc. Scholarship Program is to honor and support our hardworking program members who are pursuing post-secondary education.
Pregnancy and parenting responsibilities often increase a teen mother's risk of dropping out of school, but we know empowering a young mother with skills and resources 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. However, barriers such as lack of childcare, lack of transportation, discrimination and juggling parenting with schoolwork, make staying in school very difficult. Support and encouragement to navigate these barriers can make all the difference in a mother's life and in her child's life.
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 education prepared for college or careers.
Teen Success, Inc. is excited to announce a scholarship for graduating Teen Success members is now available thanks to the generosity of the Reis Foundation. The purpose of the Teen Success, Inc. Scholarship Program is to honor and support hardworking graduates of the Teen Success Program to pursue their post-secondary educational goals.
By Martha Kempner, RH Reality Check
According to data just released by the National Center for Health Statistics, teen birth rates fell in 2011 to an historic low of 31.1 births per 1,000 young women ages 15 to 19. This represents a 25 percent drop since 2007 and a 49 percent drop since teen birth was at its highest in 1991 when there were 61.8 births per 1,000 young women aged 15 to 19.
The report, which will be featured in the March issue of the Pediatrics, does not look at the potential reasons for these declines though many other studies have examined teen sexual behavior and contraception use over the past couple of decades. Sexual behavior data for 2011 is not available but studies in recent years have shown that fewer teens are having sexual intercourse especially at young ages. Still, most experts point to improved contraceptive use (and improved contraceptive methods) as the key to this decline.
Empowering teen mothers, transforming lives
The mission of Teen Success, Inc. is to help underserved teen mothers and their children become educated, self-sufficient, valued members of society.
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