Alley’s House graduate: Keshawn
Alley’s House is proud to highlight our moms through the “Miss Independent” series. Each month we will feature one of our moms and talk about their journey to success. Alley’s House encourages all of our clients to accomplish their goals and dreams, while achieving independence for themselves and their families. If you are interested in helping Alley’s House achieve its mission, you can learn more about becoming a volunteer, mentor, or donor at www.alleyshouse.org.
Each year, Alley’s House selects one young mom to receive our Mother of the Year award. The honor is given to one exceptional young woman who is working to create a strong foundation by overcoming personal obstacles and achieving her goals. She is honored at our Mother’s Day Picnic with a special gift basket and is a guest of honor at our annual luncheon. Our 2013 recipient, Keshawn, looks back at her time with Alley’s House and what motivated her to graduate the program, continue her education, and achieve a personal sense of independence.
“I wasn’t expecting my name to be called, because along with myself, there were other independent, strong, successful teen mothers who deserved Mother of the Year. I was surprised, but it made me feel good to know there were people who felt I deserved the award.” – Keshawn, 2013 Alley’s House graduate and recipient of the 2013 Mother of the Year Award
Keshawn came to Alley’s House in 2010 with her oldest son, Kenny, and her youngest, Keenan, on the way. Her goal was to finish her education, prepare for college, and take steps towards a career in psychology or criminal justice. She struggled with a lack of family support and dropped out of Alley’s House program only to return later and complete the program.
Thanks to the support of Alley’s House, Keshawn learned skills necessary to pursue her dreams while providing for her children. Since graduating from Alley’s House, Keshawn is working at a job that is helping her save for her ultimate goal, going to college. She plans to start Texas A&M Commerce in the fall, so that one day she can be a social worker.
Alley’s House programs are designed to provide young moms access to education, counseling, mentoring, parenting classes, and lifeskills workshops. Our strategy is to teach good decision-making, enhance critical thinking and problem solving, increase self-esteem and self-worth, maintain positive communications, and provide shared modes of expression.
The skills Keshawn learned at Alley’s House assisted her with her transition into life post-graduation from Alley’s House. “All the skills I learned at Alley’s House have helped me achieve the goals I set for myself. It has allows me to succeed in my job, gives me methods of discipline for me and my sons, as well as helps me build stronger relationships of all kinds. The skills I learned at Alley’s House will follow me for the rest of my life.”
Keshawn’s words of wisdom to current Alley’s House participants are to never give up. “I know how it feels to be a teen mom, on your own with no support, but don’t let that stop you. Nothing is handed to you. If you set goals for yourself, and you are determined and driven to reach them, you will achieve them. You have to believe in yourself first, and it will get you through. Alley’s House is a great program. Stick to it, and use the resources they have to offer, and you won’t regret it. I promise. Good Luck!”
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