The Issue: Prevalence of Teen Pregnancy
Every year in the United States, nearly 500,000 teenage girls—40% of whom are younger than 18 years old—become parents, according to data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The same data indicates that nearly 60% of teenage mothers live below the poverty line and that their children are more likely to live in poverty, face incarceration, and become teen parents themselves. Finishing high school or college can help young parents attain stable careers to support their families and break the cycle of poverty.
The Campaign: Tutoring Young Parents
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Tubman House can provide tutoring for 8 young parents experiencing homelessness to help them complete high school or college. The funds cover the cost of school supplies, books, and tutoring staff. Tutors assist participants in boosting their writing and researching skills, and in creating study plans to tackle daily challenges without becoming overwhelmed. Each additional $62 raised—in conjunction with the matching donation—will provide tutoring for two additional young parents.
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Tubman House provides 18-month holistic housing, with support services that promote youth development, education, and career attainment, for pregnant women and mothers experiencing homelessness. Tubman residents gather in the mornings for discussions on raising children and pursuing careers, while the onsite child-development program engages children in play and educational activities. Women living in Tubman House also receive support from Tubman staff to attend college classes, jobs, and doctors' appointments, knowing that their children are in a safe and loving home. In addition to support services and childcare, Tubman House provides basic necessities such as diapers for its residents.