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
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
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!
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!
The best thing about this program is the commitment of the individual mentors to the young teenage mothers and their concern for them. Showing that they care and being there through thick and thin means so much.