Alley’s House Summer of Empowerment program encourages moms who are still in high school, as well as the moms pursuing their GED, to receive job skills training, mentoring, and attend life workshops. This month we partnered with Just Say YES (Youth Equipped for Success) to provide Breaking the Cycle facilitated by Carlos Phillips and Brenda Teele.
Breaking The Cycle brings an essential message to teen parents and gives them the tools to evaluate their decision making process and make different decisions for the future. The purpose is to teach and empower teen parents to provide a new start for their children, the next generation.
Current Alley’s House clients, alumni, partners, friends, and family were encouraged to attend the workshop and join in the discussion. The laughter, comments, and nods of approval throughout the room showed just how closely the message hit home when they were asked, “Who here wants your child to be a teen parent?” Not a single person raised their hand. Everyone left armed with tools to reach out to their children as well as a personal message affirming their value and self-worth.
Drawing from their own life experiences helps Carlos and Brenda connect to the young parents. One a-ha moment for our young moms was when Brenda commented, “It is easier to get where you’re trying to go when you’re looking up, instead of when you focus on the moment.” As a former Dallas ISD teacher, Carlos drove each young parent to understand the impact of their actions on their children. Brenda and Carlos’ straight forward and caring dialogue allowed them to interact and encourage teen moms and dads in an environment that facilitated conversation and honest questions about personal situations.
The facts are clear; daughters of teen mothers are 33% more likely to be teen moms and sons of teen moms are more likely to be incarcerated. Alley’s House is pleased to partner with programs like Breaking the Cycle, alongside our case management, education, and mentoring programs to break this generational cycle to provide the tools necessary to create a new path towards independence. We are proud of our clients and their dedication to creating a brighter future for themselves and their children.