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.
Thank you for your time and love, and for supporting YoungLives in so many ways!
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.
Thank you for all you have done for YoungLives!
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!!
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.
I had the pleasure of serving with these young women at a camp this past summer. I was able to see their growth their maturity and the instructions they receive through this program. Younglives is a vital part of our community that teaches young women that keeping their babies and becoming responsible for them.
Thank you for all you have done to support this ministry, Dolly!
The dedication of the staff encourages teen mom's to actively learn about Christianity. Meeting Christ where they are now can change a new mom's entire life. These YoungLives are dramatically affected. Although many have heard the gospel, not until discussing life and Christ at Club did they realize how profoundly they could be affected. This is a choice they can make and things stop just happening to them. I have seen a young woman transformed from a reactionary victim to a proactive leader from an understanding of God's love for her. Bringing Jesus to teens to help break the cycle of teen pregnancy only makes sense. I only wish I had more time to be more involved with YoungLives and their mission.
As a person who helps out with grant writing, I have the wonderful opportunity to work with dedicated staff who have made it their lives to break the cycle of teen pregnancy and its associated problems. This is one of the best experiences I have ever had as a volunteer with a nonprofit organization. I also have had the great pleasure of getting to know some of the some young women who are recipients of the mentoring services of the organization. I have seen: Marriages have been restored, family relationships rekindled, personal goals pursued with fervor, etc. The bulk of this work is accomplished through the efforts of a network of volunteers. This experience for me has been a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. With unconditional love and unwavering support, most problems faced by youth today can be solved. A commitment of as little as 1-2 hours per week that make a difference in a teengers life.
YoungLives Pittsburgh provides an opportunity for teen mothers to get together for fun, food and fellowship while adult volunteers watch their precious babies. This experience for me has been truly wonderful as one of the baby sitters. The hard working staff deserves recognition and praise for long hours spent making life a little easier and more fun for these teen moms. Through YoungLives teen moms get to be teenagers once a month! Millie
I have seen girls' lives turned completely around. Young moms in abusive relationships, without basic parenting skills, and lacking any sense of direction to their lives, have become self-directed, confident, and educated, and are pursuing healthy goals and relationships.