EVERY MOMENT COUNTS

More than 1,000 teenage girls become pregnant every year in Mecklenburg County.  Only one-third of teen moms receive a high-school diploma, and 80 percent end up on welfare. Teen moms face many challenges as they are truly living in two worlds. They have the desire to be teenagers, yet have the responsibility and maturity required to be mothers. They feel alone, and often are abandoned by the significant people in their lives once their children are born.

 A teen’s pregnancy and child are the obvious issue in the world’s eyes, but those are not the real problem.  The problem is the absence of Jesus in a girl’s life, and that is what YoungLives is about. We have experienced mercy, compassion and grace in Christ, and this fills us with the desire to love teen moms in the condition they come to us.

WHAT ARE WE DOING AT YOUNG LIVES?

  • Regular parenting education and support groups in 6 high schools

  • Monthly “club” where we gather with teen moms from all over the city, including girls who are not currently in school

  • Contact with over 50 teen moms

  • 25 teen moms who attend club each month, along with their precious babies!

  • 11 volunteer mentors who spend regular time with teen moms and their children on a weekly basis.

  • Discipleship to moms through Campaigners

  • A YoungLives committee made up of 10 volunteers from the greater Charlotte community.

  • A growing budget over the past year and held our first YoungLives fundraiser in April of 2018

OUR STORY

In 2016, Charlotte Metro Young Life spoke about a vision of starting the Young Lives ministry here in our city. 6 months later, with about 12 volunteers we held our fist Diaper Shower to introduce the ministry to local teen moms. Since then, we have reached out to 6 high schools, made contact with over 50 girls and currently have 25 teen moms actively involved in our ministry.
We gather monthly with 11 volunteer mentors who dedicate hours each week investing in the lives of teen moms and their babies. We are continuing to grow and excited to see what God has in store for Charlotte YoungLives!

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