“It’s never a waste of money to invest in someone’s human potential.” Those are the words of Brandy Chance, a Social Studies teacher at the Florence Crittenton School for pregnant and parenting teens in Colorado. She knows firsthand just how much potential is in the young women that attend FloCrit. If only more schools invested in that potential instead of discriminating against pregnant and parenting students. According to NWLC’s report, 64% of states lack anti-discrimination laws, regulations, or guidelines that would protect these students.
On this week’s episode of High School Moms, we met two incredibly strong young moms who are wise beyond their teenage years. First we met 16-year-old Larissa. She has a 1-year-old son and gave birth to her second son during the episode. Much of the show focused on Larissa’s delivery. She went into labor sooner than expected and to say she was overwhelmed would be an understatement. Through tears, Larissa expressed her fear that she wasn’t prepared to have another baby. I was incredibly impressed by her maturity throughout the episode. She obviously has spent a lot of time reflecting on her situation and noted that “having a baby at a young age can either make you or it breaks you.” She is determined not to let it break her and the support she receives from the staff at Florence Crittenton will certainly help make that a reality.
|Maria and Ivory|
Next we met 18-year-old Maria. Maria’s 2-year-old daughter Ivory is blind. Being a young mom is tough enough; the added pressure of having a child with a disability would be too much for many people. Yet Maria’s spirit is nowhere near broken. She explained to us each detail in Ivory’s physical, social, and emotional development like someone who has spent a lot of time researching and understanding exactly how to best help her child. She has found support in the school for blind children Ivory attends. Maria spends hours after school applying for college scholarships (she wins over $4000!) – she hopes to one day work at Ivory’s school for blind children as a physical therapist. You can’t help but root for Maria. She says she wants to, “be a strong woman.” I think it was pretty obvious to us watching…she already is.