With the necessary supports and high expectations for success, pregnant and parenting teens reach their dreams and aspirations.
Websites and organizations dedicated to supporting young mothers and young fathers:
- Resources for Expectant and Parenting Students
- Strong Families
- The Fatherhood Project
- Father Friendly
Expectant and Parenting Students are Protected by Law
In Boston: All young parents should feel supported throughout their educational journeys! We worked with Boston Public Schools and community partners to revise and update the Expectant and Parenting Student Policy to ensure district compliance with federal Title IX law, which prohibits discrimination against students who are pregnant or parenting.
In Massachusetts: On April 24, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill that offers further protections to Massachusetts students at higher risk of experiencing bullying and harassment in schools. Among student groups listed in the bill are those who are pregnant or parenting.
Across the United States: Federal law, TITLE IX, prohibits any discrimination or harassment towards pregnant or parenting students. No school may require a pregnant student to participate in a separate program for pregnant students. You can read more about TITLE IX and how it protects pregnant or parenting students on the National Women’s Law Center’s website.
Social Media Movements:
#NoTeenShame is a movement led by 7 young mothers (Natasha, Jasmin, Gloria, Consuela, Lisette, Christina, and Marylouise) to improve strategic messaging campaigns and conversation around young parenting to a non-stigmatizing and non-shaming approach, while highlighting the importance of comprehensive sex ed. If you use Instagram or Twitter, search “noteenshame” and join the discussion!
For more resources on your sexual health, teen pregnancy and young parenthood, check out the links below:
- Teen Talk
- Maria Talks
- Birds and the Bees Project
- Ambiente Joven
- Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth
- Massachusetts Commision on LGBT Youth
- Youth Resource
If you live in Massachusetts, you can also contact us via the Benefits Access Project for resources and support.