When I got pregnant at the age of 17, I knew my future just got more difficult. My baby’s father wasn’t in the picture, but I still had hopes and dreams for myself.
Things got even harder when my mother was incarcerated, leaving just me, my 13-year-old sister, and my unborn baby. We were essentially homeless, until we ended up moving in with my grandparents.
I decided to enroll at Simpson Academy, the only public school for pregnant girls and teen mothers in Illinois. The school has a graduation rate of more than 90 percent, so I knew I’d get a good education and, hopefully, go on to college. Continue reading “I Still Had Hopes and Dreams”
Excelling in school can be a challenge for any young person. There are distractions, in school and at home, that can take attention away from studying and achieving good grades. Those distractions are multiplied when the young women has a child to care for. Continue reading “New Day Care Program Helps Young Mothers Stay Focused on School”