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.