AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Parenting is one of the hardest jobs many of us will have -- being a parent as a teen could be even harder.
"Only 38% of teen moms are graduating from high school," said Director of Be-loved, Christy Hilbert. "Only 2% are graduating from college and those are not numbers that are okay."
Due to these harsh realities -- Christy Hilbert and other organizers through Mission Amarillo started Be-loved -- one on one coaching for teen moms before, during, and after pregnancy.
"We want them to be stable. We want them to have the ability to deal with stress and manage life and to be able to obtain the education they need in order to support their family," said Hilbert.
The program is a 50 week course. During that time, the young mom's will meet once a week with their mentors to learn how to balance school, parenting and life.
"These young girls needed to understand their identity and coming from a Christian prospective, we wanted to give them the perspective that god has on them," said Executive Director from Mission Amarillo, Jess Parsons "There's sections called Be You, Be a Mom, Be a Thinker/Planner, Be a Leader."
So far, seven girls are enrolled in the program. Every session they have with their mentor will earn them points. they can then use those points to buy items at the Mission Amarillo store -- like diapers, toys, and clothes.
"Overall it doesn't cost them anything," said Parsons. "Other than the effort they're going to put in."
Both Parsons and Hilbert hope the program will change the stigma for young moms in our community.
"We want teens moms to be able to achieve all that they can possibly achieve because that has an impact for generations to come," said Hilbert. "It's the kind of impact that has a legacy behind it."
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