Instilling confidence and opportunity for young moms, changing generations to come
Becoming a parent at any age can be a life-altering experience. When a teenager becomes a parent, the new responsibilities can be overwhelming. LifeCoach provides young mothers, ages 13-25, with a supportive community, and the education, tools, and resources needed to improve their mental health and well-being enhance their parenting skills, complete high school, prepare for employment, increase their self-reliance, and develop healthy relationships.
2019 Parent Surveys Reveal
feel they have a strong support network
better equipped to parent
have hope for their future
improved mental health
improved financial literacy skills
developed time management skills
learned of community resources that benefited their family
of program graduates earned a high school diploma or GED
increased their annual income or received a job promotion
LifeCoach objectives are to:
Promote healthy pregnancies and reduce postpartum depression
Increase number of moms continuing their education
Increase self-reliance and transition to independent living
Decrease number of unplanned births and STD's
Educate teen moms about healthy relationships
Share community resources
Improve mental health and well being
Provide parenting education
Teach goal setting
Introduce college and vocational training opportunities
Improve economic opportunities
Decrease welfare reliance
LifeCoach - Our Impact
With Fristers' support, young moms are graduating high school, enrolling in college and vocational training, getting their driver’s license, securing employment, learning how to be responsible, caring parents, and finding hope for their future.
As a pregnant teen, I was told a lot of things. "You won't be able to finish school. You'll never be able to support yourself. You've ruined your life. How could you let this happen? Are you not with the dad? No one wants a girl with baggage. You're damaged goods." Encouraging stuff, no?
I also faced a lot of very real statistics that made these things seem depressingly true:
Only half of the teen parents graduate high school (...well, got that one done already.)
Only two percent of teen parents get a degree by age 30. (...30? I won't finish college for the next 11 years?)
My kid will have double the rate of a prison sentence or become a teen parent themselves. (...guilt, guilt, guilt)
When I was in 11th grade I met a guy, who gave me the love and attention I was looking for. I became pregnant after a few months of dating. I was 16. I didn’t have my parents around much and I was lost and sad.
When I heard there was a place like Fristers at first I was nervous because I don’t really fit in at a lot of places, but I was happy at the same time that I was going to hang out with other moms that were going through the same thing that I was. My first visit at Fristers was in Santa Ana, seven years ago. I felt safe and I knew my son was safe and I felt good being there.