The Teen Moms program is for women between the ages of 13 and 23 who have chosen to parent their child, but who have not yet obtained their high school diploma, or who are transitioning from high school to full time employment, college course work, or technical/certificate programs. In return for their efforts to postpone subsequent pregnancies and be engaged full-time in school and/or employment, the women in the program receive support from one-on-one visits, Discovery Workshops, Mentors, and referrals as appropriate.
The Teen Moms Program is based on the Teen Mother Choices Model that was started by Christa March. Below, Christa shares a brief explanation of how this ministry began.
The Teen Moms Program targets all five life roles in its ministry to teenage mothers:
- Teenager – We begin with the understanding that a teenage mother thinks and acts like a teenager.
- Mother – We know that she wants to be a good mother. We also understand that she does not have the knowledge and resources, yet, to make that happen.
- Student – She may or may not be a high school student, but she is always a student of life.
- Employee – We know she needs to find some way of supporting herself and her child in the future.
- Seeker – She is a human being in search of meaning, faith, love, and understanding.
For Teen Moms
If You are a single mother between the ages of 13 and 23, and interested in setting and achieving goals, the Catholic Charities Teen Moms Program includes a traditional on-site program, and some off-site outreach services.
The On-Site Program:
Teen mothers receiving assistance from the Teen Moms Program must be willing to…
- Attend school/work full time.
- Maintain at least a “C” in all classes.
- Delay a subsequent pregnancy.
- Attend weekly Discovery workshops.
Teen mothers work on individual goals and can earn incentives for meeting these goals. They also earn Teen Moms Bucks weekly which they can spend in our “store” to purchase diapers, clothes, wipes, bathing items, books, movies, etc.
If you are interested in participating in the Teen Moms Program, or you would just like more information, click here to fill out an interest form.
Dodge City High School
Catholic Charities provides outreach services for parenting students, including Discovery Workshops, twice per month. Students are eligible to earn Teen Moms Bucks to use in our store and are given information about the on-site Teen Moms Program offered at Catholic Charities.
Catholic Charities provides outreach services for S.T.R.I.D.E. (Success Through Responsive, Individualized Digital Education) students in the Dodge City Alternative Education Program. The coordinator goes to the S.T.R.I.DE. building twice per month and holds Discovery Workshops for the teenage mothers that are attending alternative school. They are also able to earn Teen Moms Bucks to use in our store. They are provided with information about the on-site program at Catholic Charities. Several teen mothers have become enrolled in the on-site program at Catholic Social Service after being introduced to it at S.T.R.I.D.E. This program has become a very supportive environment for the young mothers who attend.
Catholic Charities is always looking for volunteers to help with the Teen Moms program. If you can help with one of the opportunities below,please call Amy Falcon or Maria Guteriez at 620-227-1562.
Meal providers are needed for the Teen Moms program on Wednesday evenings, beginning in the month of September and ending in May.This is a wonderful ministry for whole families to be involved in. Volunteers who sign up for this ministry should plan to provide a meal for 20 people, and bring it to Room 22 at Newman University in Dodge City by 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday evening; you are invited to stay and eat with us. Teen Mom Staff will take care of drinks, table service and clean up. To sign up for this volunteer opportunity, please call Amy Falcon or Maria Gutierrez at 620-227-1562.
Mentors are a vital part of the Teen Moms program. A mentor is a woman who makes a one-year commitment (approximately 10 hours a month) to befriend one of the young women in the Teen Moms program, and to help her be successful in meeting her goals. Mentors help teen moms to overcome the odds; it's an opportunity to really make a difference in a young mother's life.
Discovery workshop teachers share knowledge about a particular skill. Some examples of volunteers who have presented in the past include:
- An attorney who spoke to the women about the importance of planning for their children's future.
- A therapist showed the women some attachment-building activities that they could do with their children at home.
- Doctors visit with the women about health issues.
- Teachers have presented on the importance of reading to children.
- Another attorney spoke to the women about child support and custody issues.
We also need volunteers to speak on subjects such as relationships, child care, parenting, budgeting, resumes, searching for a job, preparing and dressing for an interview, car maintenance (changing a tire and/or the oil), CPR and First Aid, scrapbooking and other fun crafts. Do you have important knowledge and skills that aren't on this list? Please contact us!blog comments powered by Disqus