Nearly one-third of young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20.
Teen mothers are less likely to complete high school and more likely to end up on welfare.
The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births in the Western industrialized world. Teen pregnancy costs the United States billions of dollars annually.
The children of teenage mothers have lower birth weights, are more likely to perform poorly in school and are at greater risk of abuse and neglect.
85% of teen moms in YoungLives have made a personal decision to follow Jesus.
Teen moms who stay in YoungLives longer than 18 months are more likely to: pray often, follow Jesus, have a job, & have higher self-worth.
More than 20 years ago, Young Life answered God’s call to run headfirst into the chaos of teenage motherhood with the hope of Jesus ... and YoungLives was born.
YoungLives has never wavered from the original vision to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Through Young Life’s time-tested methods and life-on-life mentoring, teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in Christ.
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