Project real HPAC poster

Hassanni Mann, Timothy Hatfield, Taylor Owens, Albert Jackson, Elaine Lindic, Schabree Belcher
Research on …. What teen moms need help with to
beat the odds…
Housing Stability: Facilitate attainment of affordable housing in a safe
neighborhood, and continued housing stability and independent living
upon completion of the program.
Self-Sufficiency: Help young women to develop basic self-sufficiency
skills, so that they will be able to make the transition to independent living,
accessing resources and services as needed without the assistance of a
case manager.
Financial Stability: Help youth to work toward financial stability by
facilitating educational attainment and employment at a livable wage, as
well as financial literacy.
Successful and Engaged Parenting and Attachment: Facilitate
successful and engaged parenting skills, fostering attachment between
the parent or parents and the child.
Healthy Relationships: Cultivate a sense of self-worth and reinforce the
right to healthy relationships with partners, peers, family, and the
community, as well as teach skills to resolve conflict, solve problems, and
Our project is to help teenage parents once they have reached this road.
We want to provide support and information for them so they DO NOT
END UP A STATISTIC. Additionally, we want to prevent others from ever
getting here. Our group member, Elaine has shared her struggles and
joys of being a teenage mom while going to school. We want to use her
story and of another student from our school to have an open discussion
and “real life” presentation of what life is like. We created a video that can
be watched by all populations of teens and that will provide information
of what to do to prevent this from happening and to find ways to break
out of the cycle of teen pregnancy that often occurs in our community.
Materials and methods
Family and Friends
The primary support for many young mothers comes from their
own families. Parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles,
cousins and friends can all provide moral support as well as
help with baby-sitting duties. Experienced parents can offer
guidance on basics such as feeding, changing and playing with
newborns. Friends can provide much-needed companionship
for teen mothers.
Single Mother Assistance Access to Low Income Services Get
Financial Resources, Help, Aid
Religious and Charitable Groups
Teens can also find help and support from religious and
charitable groups. Girls can turn to their own religious leaders or
seek out churches and temples that offer support groups. Some
might also provide financial assistance along the way.
Charitable organizations such as Birthright International offer
medical and legal referrals, educational assistance, maternity
and baby clothes, and friendship and emotional support.
Online Support
Young women who want to feel connected to other teen moms
might benefit from online sites that provide information and offer
a place to share experiences with other teens. Young Mommies
Homesite is one such site that was started by a teen mother.
Teens can use the site to blog about their experiences and join
in chat rooms with other teen moms. Sites such as are not aimed specifically at teen mothers, but
they provide a wealth of information about babies that can
benefit any new mom.
Government Support
State and local governments can provide support to teen
mothers. For instance, the Virginia Department of Health
sponsors a Resource Mothers Program that pairs community
health workers with teens to help mentor them through
pregnancy and their transition to parenthood. In Virginia's
Fairfax County, the Department of Family Services offers a
Nurturing Parenting Program. The free classes in this program
are designed to help parents and children grow in a nurturing
Teens should also tap into resources that might be available at
their own schools. Check with a guidance counselor or favorite
teacher who can offer pointers about what help is available in
the community. School officials can also offer guidance on how
teens can balance the demands of new motherhood with the
need to finish their educations.
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Literature cited
Buchholz, E. S., & Korn-Bursztyn, C. (1993). Children of
adolescent mothers: Are they at risk for abuse? Adolescence, 28
(110), 361-382.
Chase-Lansdale, P. L., & Vinovskis, M. A. (1987, Spring). Should
we discourage teen marriage? The Public Interest, 23-37.
•Teen mothers are more likely to drop out of high school.
•They’re also less likely to go to college.
•Teen mothers are more likely to commit suicide.
•Siblings of teen parents are more likely to become teen parents.
•Children of teen parents are at a higher risk of teen pregnancy.
•Teen mothers are more likely to live in poverty.
•Children of teen mothers often perform at a lower level academically.
•Teen pregnancy often leads to another pregnancy within two years.
•Teen pregnancies come with higher mortality rates.
•Sons of teen moms are more likely to end up in prison.
•Teen moms are less likely to marry.
•Teen pregnancies carry a higher risk of health problems.
What would help once toy have a baby and are still a teen…
•Connections to services
•Peer support
•Utilizing existing resources
•How to get ahead (college)
•Services for the baby (plan)
•Set goals
•Adult Mentor
•Realizing EVERYTHING takes time
•Keep a MANTRA that will keep you going