Five8FMO is an opportunity for young mothers to build with a community of other moms who also recognize that being a mom is challenging but understand the value of leaning on others to help approach motherhood in a way that most beneficial for mom and most beneficial for the child.
Motherhood, regardless of socioeconomic status, comes with it’s own set of questions and self-doubt, as well as joys and rewards. For teen mothers, it comes with all of those things in addition to normal teenage issues, i.e. developing self-esteem, finding oneself, peer pressure, etc.
“Non-Hispanic black youth, Hispanic/Latino youth, American Indian/Alaska Native youth, and socioeconomically disadvantaged youth of any race or ethnicity experience the highest rates of teen pregnancy and childbirth. Together, black and Hispanic teens comprised 57% of U.S. teen births in 2013.1CDC is focusing on these priority populations because of the need for greater public health efforts to improve the life opportunities of adolescents facing significant health disparities, as well as to have the greatest impact on overall U.S. teen birth rates. Other priority populations for CDC’s teen pregnancy prevention efforts include young people in foster care and the juvenile justice system, and those otherwise living in conditions of risk.” – Source: Martin, JA, Hamilton BE, Osterman MJK, Curtin SC, Mathews TJ. Births: Final data for 2013. Natl Vital Stat Rep. 2015;64(1)
Our support group meets once a month, where a Chef assist our moms in making a nutritious meal with child friendly modifications and we can engage in GREAT conversations over GREAT food. Childcare is provided for young moms to feel free to invest in themselves.
Our goals are to:
- FOSTER relationships between young moms and support moms that lead to life-time friendships
- EQUIP young moms with basic cooking skills, with an emphasis of nutrition, safety, and cleanliness
- ENCOURAGE young moms to advocate for themselves and their children
- BUILD awareness around the resources available to Young Mother
Please visit our Get Involved Page if you are interested in learning more about how to volunteer or participate in Five8FMO.