Hanging out with Teen Parents

Each month our staff and volunteers have various opportunities to spend time with teen parents. Our mentors commit to joining club and training as well as walking with a teen parents for one year! This often looks like going to the park together, having dinner at their house, doing a Target run and just hanging out! In addition, we get to meet new moms and dads and spend time with them on their High School campuses!
It has been 4 years since we first started weekly tutoring at a local High School and it has been amazing to see moms and dads graduate each year and pursue their dreams. We are currently on campus regularly at one school in the Huntington Beach Union High School District and in in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Our time at each school looks totally different but there is one thing in common- we always have a great time!
This week we got to spend an hour with the teen parents at one high school talking about the challenges of parenting, the goals we have and what motivates us to keep going. The cool thing was that we left feeling more motivated because of them! It is so amazing to see how these mamas and daddies give up so much to care for their little ones and still choose to stay in school and pursue their educational goals. YoungLives staff and volunteers get to wrap around these young families and walk with them as they do life- challenges and all. It is an honor to be a part of this generation’s lives as they raise up the next generation.

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