Why we serve
The number of organizations – locally and nationally – working to close the teen parent achievement gap for high school completion is overwhelming. However, we begin to see a significant decrease in the number of support services for teen parents looking to go beyond high school and complete their college education.
Fortunately, Generation Moms was created to directly fulfill this critical gap in services for teen parents. Teen pregnancy is a common problem in the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois and the United States.
Let’s take a closer look at the numbers:
- Less than two percent of teen mothers who have a baby before age 18 earn a college degree before age 30.
- Teen mothers have less education, are more likely to be in poor health, and are more likely to rely on public assistance.
- Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by age 22, compared with nearly 90% of women who do not give birth during adolescence.
- Births to teenagers are at higher risk of low birth weight and preterm birth, as well as death in infancy, compared with babies born to women in their 20s and older.
- Children born to teen mothers are more likely to grow up in less supportive and stimulating home environments, have impaired cognitive development, more behavioral problems, less education, and higher rates of both incarceration (for boys) and unintended teen pregnancies.
As you can see, children who are born to teen mothers also experience a wide range of problems and so do YOU! Teen pregnancy and childbirth cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $9 billion per year because of increased healthcare and foster care costs, increased incarceration rates among the children of teen parents, and lost tax revenue from teen mothers who earn less money because they have less education.
Generation Moms believes that we can turn the numbers around. We can help teen parents fulfill their potential in life and become economically self-sufficient. Make a donation TODAY and help us turn a teen Mom into a Gen Mom!