Contribute to the 2015 Young Parent Anthology!

Anthology

Young Parent Ambassadors at STEPS

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Free Training for Young Parents in Boston

 

Free training for Expectant & Parenting Students in Boston!

This workshop will be facilitated by TEEN PARENTS and will help you learn about your rights in school. Come learn while you compete in a fun and interactive game – complete with prizes!

Date:

May 29th, 2013

Time:

3:30 – 4:45 PM

Place:

105 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111

Basement Level

RSVP

KBright@massteenpregnancy.org

with your first name, last name, age, and the city/school you’re currently attending

Click here to view the Youth Training Flyer

Recap: Domestic Violence Twitter Chat with @MardiChadwick

We know young parents are capable of being amazing parents. We also know that there is a need for support for young parents. Every Tuesday night, @STEPSboston hosts live twitter chats for young mothers and fathers. During these chats, we talk about important topics and issues that affect our lives. We bring in specialists and professionals who can answer questions and provide helpful resources. At the same time, young parents connect with other young parents who know what it’s like to feel the stigma and struggle.

Yesterday night, we talked about Domestic Violence in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our guest was Mardi Chadwick, Director of Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs at the Center for Community Health and Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. We started the topic on Chris Brown and Rihanna and the way the media portrays domestic violence. As a community, we know that domestic violence is unacceptable but we commonly see “excuses” being made and “justifications” for some abusers’ actions.

Click here to read the entire chat!

Facing domestic violence is tough and the one important thing to remember is that everyone deserves to be and feel safe. If you or someone you know is in need of help, there are resources available to you.

The following information is from the Passageway’s website. Please visit their site for more information.

Domestic abuse is a pattern of behavior in which a partner or former partner tries to control your thoughts, beliefs, or actions, and may include emotional, spiritual, physical, sexual, and/or economic abuse. Domestic abuse is linked to many common health conditions, including anxiety and depression, physical injuries, chronic pain, gynecological disorders, stomach problems, heart disease, migraines/headaches, and pregnancy complications.

Signs of Abuse

Does your partner:

  • Blame you for everything that goes wrong?
  • Make you feel afraid?
  • Tell you that you are “crazy” or “worthless”?
  • Prevent you from talking to friends or family?
  • Prevent you from keeping appointments?
  • Hit, shove, punch, kick, choke, pull your hair, or restrain you?
  • Hurt or threaten you?
  • Force you to have sex against your will?
  • Take your money or not let you spend your money?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. We can help.

Getting Help

Passageway works with people from all walks of life, representing a diverse population of survivors. We offer direct services in English and Spanish and use interpreters for other languages.

If you are being abused, there is caring support available to you. If you have any concerns about safety in your relationship, call us.

Passageway Contact Numbers

Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5pm (all locations)

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
(617) 732-8753

Faulkner Hospital
(617) 983-7854

Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center
(617) 983-4148

Brookside Community Health Center
(617) 983-6024

Whittier Street Health Center
(617) 989-3027

Mission Hill Community
(857) 225-6559

To page an advocate, call (617) 732-6660, beeper #31808. After hours, call the pager number and ask to speak to the Emergency Department/on-call social worker.

Other Important Numbers and Websites

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Main Line)
(617) 732-5500 or 1-800-722-5520

BWH Security
(617) 732-6565

BWH Social Workers
(617) 732-6469

BWH Women’s GYN Clinic
(617) 732-4806 or pager #18559

Domestic Violence SafeLink
1-877-785-2020 (24-hour hotline)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233
TDD 1-800-787-3224

Partners Employee Assistance Program
(617) 732-6017 http://www.eap.partners.org

HAVEN at MGH
(617) 724-0054 http://www.havenatmgh.org

Jane Doe, Inc. http://www.janedoe.org

Futures Without Violence http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org

Teen Parent Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House

Rise to the Challenge: Support Young Families’ Quest for Success

The Alliance’s 13th annual Teen Parent Lobby Day was an amazing experience for everyone who attended. This event was a unique opportunity for teen parents to advocate to policymakers through speeches, videos, one-on-one meetings with legislators, and multi-media art displays.

Among the speakers and supporters at Teen Parent Lobby Day included Senator Thomas McGee, Representative James O’Day, and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.

Aside from being strong advocates for teen parenting support, young parents reminded policymakers that they are parents, just like anyone else. Regardless of age, they have the same worries and concerns for their babies. Their children are their motivation and inspiration to create better futures and they can do it with the right support.

“As Maya Angelou once said, I would like to be known as an intelligent woman.”

– Katherine M., Teen Parent

To see other teen parent quotes and photos from yesterday’s Teen Parent Lobby Day, check out our twitter!