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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Right to Life

Mission: YoungLives offers hope for a bright future to teen moms, believing these girls deserve to know that God has great plans for them. The heart of the YoungLives ministry is the building of one-on-one mentoring relationships between adult Christian women and teen moms. The bridge that’s built through unconditional love, friendship, and practical help paves the way for mentors to share the message of Jesus Christ.

Results: We took a national survey of over 2,000 of our teen moms, and we discovered that the longer teen moms are involved in YoungLives, the greater the impact on their self-esteem, parenting skills, graduation rates, sense of hope, sense of purpose, and faith. For instance, teen moms who are involved in YoungLives for two years or more are three times as likely to graduate from high school or earn their GED as girls who have been involved for less than two months - and 58% of teen moms report accepting Christ because of YoungLives (an additional 28% report that they accepted Christ outside of YoungLives). These statistics take into account girls' age and initial behaviors, so the outcomes can all be attributed to their involvement in YoungLives. It is so exciting to finally have the numbers to prove what we have known all along: YoungLives mentoring relationships + Jesus = life change!

Target demographics: pregnant and/or parenting teen girls

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10 to 20 teen moms and their children

Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh and surrounding areas

Programs: friendship, mentoring, faith studies, camping, practical help such as providing diapers & baby clothes

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Keona G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Younglives has changed my life in such an awesome way. I was a teen mom that had the opportunity to be apart of this ministry. Throughout the years of being in Younglives I knew what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I built meaningful relationships. I had a wonderful mentor who invested her time im me; which I never experienced before. Through her I found a church home and began to grow as Christian, Mother and friend. I made so many long lasting rrelationships with ladies who could relate to me. I truly thank God for placing this ministry in my life. I honestly don't believe I would be where I am today. I am now 26, a Registered Nurse, wife, and mother of 4 beautiful kids . My life and the life of my kids are forever changed by this ministry!

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CLou Thank you for all the ways you have given back, Keona!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful ministry to teenage moms. They are able to spend time with other teen moms, work with mentors, and learn about the love of Jesus. The support they receive through this ministry gives their babies a head start as they grow in the world. I volunteer holding babies during club time, where the girls meet together to learn and do projects. They also have meal time together. This ministry reaches girls who might otherwise struggle to raise their babies alone, without support.

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CLou 10/31/2016

Thank you for your time and love, and for supporting YoungLives in so many ways!

2 Rochelle R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love it I still am friend all of the girls that use to go to the young lives I miss it so much because it helped me to become a better mother and it's very helpful with every day life I just love it I wish that I could still go to all the even that they have I just miss it so much

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CLou 10/31/2016

Thank you, Rochelle! Keep in touch!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of this ministry while reading the newspaper in 2008. As a teen mother myself, I always knew I wanted to give back one day. I began volunteering as a committee member in 2009 and it was the most fulfilling ministry ever. The impact the mentors and director made in the lives of the girls was life changing. The ministry is small but mighty. It's mighty because it's Christ Centered.

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CLou 10/31/2016

Thank you for all you have done for YoungLives!

3 Jay_57

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

YoungLives is unique and vital. If you speak with one hundred churches you will find next to none that have a ministry that reaches out to teenage moms specifically. There is a great sense of being alone that comes with being a young mother. Very often teenage moms do not have an objective third party adult without the authority to punish in their lives. YoungLives provides that and much more. We are very often most impacted by God in the most trying of times in our life. Once again, Younglives provides that with the very love of the God that created them. I can not recommend an organization more highly than YoungLives.

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CLou 10/31/2016

Thank you for all you have done to support this ministry!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Younglives Pittsburgh is such a great organization for teen moms to come hangout and have fun while learning about Jesus! It's amazing to see the way God works within the leaders and the girls here; they are sent to camp and it's the best week of their lives! Tons of fun, lots of chaos, wouldn't have it any other way!!

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CLou 10/31/2016

Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Young Lives has been a great way for teen moms in Pittsburgh to connect and build a network of support and love. Young Lives plans activities that are fun for the girls and their babies, with supportive leaders there to help care for the babies and relieve some stress from the moms' lives. Young Lives events provide a break from the chaos of being a teen mom, and also encourage the girls to gain strength from God, knowing that they are loved and can thrive in their circumstances because of His plan for their lives.

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CLou 10/31/2016

Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful group where teen mom's and their children get love and support.

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CLou 10/31/2016

Thank you for your support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support YoungLives with my finances and time because I see it meeting a deep need in the broken lives of local teen moms, offering these girls friendship, help, and true hope. Mentors and other volunteers give the girls personal one-on-one time, sharing the joys and struggles of the girls' lives. Through these relationships, teen moms begin to learn just how much God loves them: they hear about the hope of the Gospel, and they see it lived out in very concrete actions of love and sacrifice. Many teen moms respond by giving their lives to Christ, starting a new direction of health and hope in their lives. I've gotten to know several of the girls personally, and I've seen the changes God has made in them!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

YoungLives has been an amazing ministry to share the gospel with teen moms. YoungLives has taught me how to love like Jesus. As a mentor we go where teen moms are. We go to their work or school. We build friendships with these girls and their babies. We love because Jesus loved us despite our mistakes.