I just recently found a quote that I fell in love with. If you follow me on twitter then you probably already know what quote I’m talking about because I always tweet it or use it for a photo caption. The quote is ” Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” I initially thought about myself when I heard this quote and I’m pretty sure many young moms can relate to it.
I can personally relate to this quote because when I announced my pregnancy, I was told my life would be over if i decided to go through with it. I was constantly reminded of all the negative things that were associated with being a teen parent. I literally thought my world was ending until I meet my little Christian.
After months of caring for him I couldn’t comprehend how I lived all my life without him! He brings so much happiness to me and my family’s life! I was just like the caterpillar who thought my world was going to end when I had him but it turned out that my world did not end! Instead I became like the butterfly, a whole new beautiful being! I want teen parents and young parents out there to know that having a child doesn’t ruin your life. If I could choose a quote that represents young parents to the world I would choose this one.
As the second annual Summit for Teen Empowerment Progress and Parenting Success nears, we are eager to get more young parents involved in our decision-making process again. The 2nd annual STEPPS summit is now organized by the Center for Community Health and Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The goal of STEPPS is to bring together young parents in the Boston area to support each other and learn about resources for parenting, health care, education, employment, as well as how to best utilize community resources. The first STEPPS summit was held in June 2011 at Northeastern University, where over 100 young parents attended workshops and received resources for themselves and their families.
We would like to share the opportunity for you to serve as a Young Parent Ambassador and help us prepare for the upcoming summit. As a Young Parent Ambassador, you will advise the STEPPS planning committee on all aspects of the 2012 Summit preparation, including assisting with the summit itself, in exchange for a small stipend. To apply to be a STEPPS Young Parent Ambassador please click on the link below:
We have created two different ambassador tracks:
1. On-line input through e-mail or social media only (Facebook, Twitter etc)
2. Attend three ambassador meetings and participate in the actual Summit (eligible for stipend)
We understand that you lead a very busy life, and we hope that these two tracks will make it possible for you to participate.
Lastly, if you are not interested in becoming a Young Parent Ambassador, we do hope you will to attend the Summit in late June; as the date approaches we will be extending a more formal invitation so keep an eye out!