Ten young women, diverse races, backgrounds, qualities, personalities, traditions, and experiences. Ten young women, diverse opinions, advice, perspectives, wants, and needs. Ten females, diverse goals, hopes, and dreams. Ten young women, one room, one space to share, one space to confide. Just one space for ten females.
Take ten young women and put them all in one room, it can be everything you ever wanted, but maybe even your worst nightmare. The 16 month long ambassador program had its ups and downs, but it is an experience that I will never forget or regret!
We started off as strangers, soon becoming acquaintances, shortly exchanging numbers and becoming friends. And did you think we would just become friends? Of course not! We were freaking YMBFFL’s (young mom best friends for life).
But wait, everything was changing. We were exchanging texts every now and then, a hi and bye conversation. We definitely didn’t go back to being strangers again, but we weren’t as close as before. Life lessons learned in the ambassador program. Completely grateful. Not only life lessons, but skills developed, things learned, and meeting wonderful young women!
I once read a quote: “It’s not about the destination; it’s about the ride there.” Future ambassadors: don’t try to paint the final picture, let the art happen in the process and see what the final picture becomes. Take from it, learn from it, remember it, and reflect on it. Have fun and enjoy the ride!
Ciara, Grace and Laticia on being young moms.
“When Jakira Gibbs became pregnant in high school, she had the support of family, friends, and her boyfriend in her decision to have the baby, a daughter. Now, at 21, Gibbs is reaching out to help other young parents who might not be so fortunate.
Gibbs, who is set to graduate from Bunker Hill Community College and continue her studies in human services, has been volunteering for Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s program for teen parents, where she has found solidarity. And she is expressing her gratitude — and her determination not to lose sight of her own ambitions — by contributing a moving essay to “Growing Together,” an annual anthology of young parents’ creativity, produced each year for a Boston summit that connects teen parents with the social services that will help them thrive.”