I really didn't mean to take a break from the blogging world, life just kinda got in the way! But I'm back and hopefully more faithful to this venture than ever before!
My blog post today is all about a topic/issue that I feel very strongly about. I feel that it is a taboo subject that most people try to sweep under the rug or just pretend isn't happening. Unfortunately, it is very REAL and it's happening all around us-and right here in my school system and in my state. In fact, the high school that I graduated from has the second highest statistic in our state!
Teenage pregnancy....it's real and it's happening...
Over the past few months, I've had the privilege of participating in a program called Young Moms Connect. It's a grant provided by our state that gives agencies such as Smart Start and the partnership for children the monetary means to go into our local high schools and educate the teen moms about parenting. They provide car seats, clothing, diapers and the resources that these girls so desperately need.
Today my job was to facilitate the whole group discussion. I guess since I'm a teacher they thought I would feel comfortable speaking in front of a large group. But the truth is-I can talk in front of 11 year olds all day long but put me in front of 30 teenagers/adults and the nerves run rampant!
These girls came from all walks of life. Most were in high school and were either expecting or already had a baby. In asking questions and listening to the discussion amongst these girls, I was completely blown away by the strength in that room. Some had endured bullying at the hands of classmates, some had been put out by their parents, others had parents not speaking to them, and some even had to drop out of school because they felt as if they had no other avenues to take. The talked and cried and discussed their thoughts, fears and hopes for the future. Most wanted to still go to college. One young girl had dreams of moving to Atlanta and becoming part of the NCAE and working as an advocate for the less fortunate. She wanted to become a pediatric nurse and work with babies. She had all this huge ambition before she got pregnant. It thrilled my heart to hear her say she still wanted to do those things. Most of the girls were in agreement that they would continue on, without the support that they so desperately need.
I was very saddened as I left those girls today. I do feel as if I've been put there for a reason, I just don't know it yet. I want more for them-but I know I can't reach every teenage mother in North Carolina. I truly felt as if Jesus was in that room with us. I thought about the song "He's got the whole world in His hands." He really does. He's got those girls and their babies right in His hands. As sad as I am that I can't do more for them, it's a comfort for me to know that He has it all worked out.
Please pray for all these teenage Mommas out there. They need our support-not criticism....