I just want to thank all of you for the support and prayers. I am beyond grateful for having gotten into this program and being able to meet all of you guys. Every single one of you have been loving from day one and it’s amazing to know I have some many awesome people supporting me and my daughter.
Katlyn, Young Mom Program
The Young Moms program serves young single moms that are 28 years old and under.
Our strategy is key to the mom's success in order for them to thrive and break cycles of poverty. It's time for change!
This program offers four key pillars:
Each young mom is matched with her own Christian mentor to encourage and walk along side her and her child imparting wisdom and God's love. Mentors have the opportunity to demonstrate love and speak truth by holding the moms accountable for their actions and decisions.
We not only attend to the needs of the young moms, but also evaluate her child's necessities. Through our community partnerships, the children have received services such as Speech Therapy, Learning Disabilities Evaluations, Tutoring, Eye Care Exams and more. Our job is to serve the whole family!
Young moms want to belong to a community that supports her choice to parent her precious child. They often feel alone as either family or friends are not walking along-side of them through their difficult journey. We are a family, as there is a "life-term" bond that happens amongst the moms and their children, mentors, staff, volunteers and everyone involved in the organization!
Moms commit to attend weekly classes that are tailored around the moms needs. Leaders in our community teach classes which include topics to develop skills on parenting , finances, jobs skills, educational counseling, debt reduction, healthy lifestyles, cooking and much more.
Education is a game changer! Receiving a high school diploma or completing a GED is a fundamental step for young moms. We highly encourage them to obtain this goal because it will prevent them from living a life of struggle versus upward mobility.
Without a career path the moms will continue the cycle of working poverty and it is highly likely their children will follow their footsteps. Therefore, encouraging the moms to explore career paths will lead to more financial freedom. This will not only change their future, but it will impact the lives of their children.
The Program Directors recognize individual goals the moms must set and achieve throughout the year. The program implements the SMART Goals System so each goal becomes achievable. Many of the young moms have finished and/or continued their education, paid off debt, worked towards a career and more. New mindset leads to new results!
Assigning each young mom a Financial Coach is a game changer for learning to set realistic budgets and accomplishing financial goals such as: Emergency Funds, Debt Elimination, Savings Plans, Taxes and much more. In addition, financial classes are held addressing current and relevant information for the moms and their children throughout the year.
We are intentional on encouraging personal growth in our moms. We focus on their emotional, physical and spiritual well-being in order for the moms to fulfill the abundant life that God has planned for them.
The funds raised helps young single moms supplement the high cost of Housing, Childcare, Education, Transportation, Mental Health Counseling, other basic needs (like diapers and wipes), and unexpected emergencies.
The average income of a young mom is between $17,000 to $23,000 per year. Without the program's financial support, the moms and their children can face the possibility of entering into the downward cycle of poverty that can ultimately lead to homelessness. If they are not able to afford childcare or have proper transportation, they will not be able to continue their education and/or work-full time.
A GREATER EXPECTATION FOR THEIR FUTURE!
A high level of commitment is required for a mom to be accepted into and remain in the program. Moms commit to achieving goals, attending weekly classes, working and/or going to school, and accepting guidance from the HFM team that walks this journey with her- her Director, Mentor, Financial Coach, etc.
Building relationships, learning to effectively communicate and belonging to community are life-skills taught within our program. Learning these fundamental skills are essential for long-term success!
With such a high level of commitment we expect to see a continuous positive change while the moms are enrolled in the program. They need to want to change and better their lives more than we do. Ultimately when a mom's life is changed, then her child's life also will be changed for the better. Change is how cycles are broken!