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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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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!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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CLou 10/31/2016

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.