Five 8 FMO or Five 8 “For Mothers Only” provides young mothers, up to age 22, in Adair Park and its surrounding neighborhoods with an opportunity to: (1) build community with other mothers their age, (2) establish transformative relationships with older, support moms, AND (3) develop a life plan with support to achieve their goals towards stability for themselves and their children.
We host monthly support group and a monthly mommy meet up. Our monthly support groups are hosted within Adair Park and it's surrounding communities and our monthly mommy meet ups are held around Atlanta. In 2016, we partnered with The Children's Museum. This year we hope to establish two new partnerships.
We assist our mothers with support in achieving their education, financial, and professional goals through providing transportation, resources to navigate government assistance, and life skills through cooking instruction and informative discussions during mom’s group. Some of our major events this year will include our Professional Development Training, Mom’s Retreat in Destin, FL, and Christmas Party.
Over time, while technology aims to simplify most aspects of our lives, it dramatically complicates others. Social media has created both safe havens for mothers in need of support, in addition to crowds of bullies, who wake up everyday with new ways to #mommyshame. Needless to say, #momlifeishard. Yet, when majority of us become mothers, we aren't starting off in the turbulence of adolescence. We aren't usually worried about whether we will choose to breastfeed, while also trying to figure out what classes we need to graduate from high school.
Now, think about doing all this while living in a lower income community.
We paint this picture, not to invoke pity, but to help people understand why a program like ours is important in a time like this. Motherhood is difficult with out the added weights of mothering as a teenager. Young mothers, like most mothers, need support, in addition to help stabilizing themselves and their family structure.
For more information on why this is important, read the 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children.
- In 2015, the teen birth rate was 22 births per 1,000 teenage girls.
Outcomes for children are better when pregnancy is planned and parents are emotionally and economically prepared to raise a child. Yet nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of pregnancies among unmarried women ages 20 to 24 are unintended.31
At the national level, 14 percent of children lived in communities where poverty rates were at or above 30 percent in 2011–15.
- GA Ranks #42 out of #50 in Child Well-being.
Read more of the 2017 Kids Count Data Book.
- We need committed volunteers to assist with providing child-care during support groups, chaperones during mommy meet-ups.
- We need skilled volunteers to help provide moms with necessary information.
- We need volunteers to assist our moms in completing their goals.
- We need gently used professional clothes for our moms to go to interviews in.
- We need gently used clothing and shoes for children.
- We need toys and books for children.
- We need financial support to continue to support the work we do.
Sometimes we discount the power of sharing information. We need people that will help us share our story, which translates to following us on social media, like and sharing post, and telling your friends and family about the work we do.