Apr 04.29

Meet Our New Charity Pot Partner: Generation Her

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The Charity Pot family is expanding! We're happy to introduce you to one of our newest Charity Pot partners - Generation Her. Executive Director, Dianna Smiley joins the blog this week to share the amazing work that they're doing to support and empower teen moms.

Generation Her is so excited to be one of LUSH's new Charity Pot partners.

A non-profit organization created in 2009 by Dianna Smiley, Generation Her exists to empower teenage mothers and their children, by connecting them with a supportive community and equipping them with life skills and impacting their futures in a positive way.

We have several locations throughout Los Angeles County and Orange County serving around 45 to 60 young women a week. At Generation Her, teen moms can come and be supported, encouraged, and given hope for a brighter future. We also provide the young moms with a mentor, weekly support groups, and earned baby items. In the life skills classes we teach the girls everything from financial literacy, parenting, the importance of early literacy for children, creative projects, anger management, stress management, conflict resolutions, career and educational goal setting, healthy relationships, teen dating violence, budgeting, nutrition and healthy cooking classes, self esteem, fitness and more. Generation Her was created because of a great need to empower, encourage, support and care for teen mothers and their children.

Did you know:

• 750,000 teen pregnancies occur in the U.S. a year

• 1/3 of all American girls become pregnant by the time they turn 20 years old

• Less then 4% of teen moms will choose adoption

• Teenage mothers are less likely to complete high school; 66% never receive their diploma

• Nearly 80% of unmarried teen mothers end up on welfare

• Within two years, more than 31% will have a repeat pregnancy

The programs at Generation Her have made a dramatic difference in the lives of our teen moms in such a short time. While the majority of teen mothers drop out of high school nationally, 100% of the teen mom’s attending Generation Her have graduated high school. In addition, we are proud to say that about 90% of our teen moms go on to attend college, junior college, or trade schools and are fulfilling their educational goals and career goals set within our program. These young women are staying off welfare, providing for themselves and their children, and they are becoming productive members of society.

Each of our teen moms has a story of change, empowerment, strength and courage.

Yanet was one of the first girls to be a part of our program. She came to Generation Her fifteen years old and pregnant. After being involved with Generation Her for the past 3 years, she has graduated High School with honors, and received multiple awards form the state of California for her academic achievements. She is a healthy and nurturing mother to her now 2-year-old daughter. She has gotten out of a long-term violent relationship and she is attending and excelling in cosmetology school. Before Generation Her, Yanet was considering dropping out of high school and was stuck in an abusive relationship. But, because of the relationships made, goals set, support and classes provided by Generation Her she has created a bright and abundant future for herself and her daughter.

Yanet is just one of the many teen moms that Generation Her has had the opportunity of serving. She represents all of the wonderful stories of success that our teen moms now have to tell their children.Generation Her has been a safe haven for these young women who feel judged, exiled, alone, and stressed out by the hardships of being a teen parent.

Because of our partnership with LUSH, we are able to greatly expand our weekly programs and to accommodate more moms in our programs. We look forward to the next steps for Generation Her and the Charity Pot program. 

Ways to get involved:

Some ways you can help us change the lives of teen moms and pregnant teens are:

- If you live in one of our service areas you can donate new or gently used baby clothing or other baby items birth-5t

- Become a Generation Her mentor

- Teach a class to our teen moms 

If you do not live near us you can always become a part of what we do by donating in the following ways:

- You can make one-time donations at any time through our website

- Become an advocate for teen moms on a regular basis by signing up for our $10 For Teen Moms Program, where you sign up once and every month a donation of $10 will automatically be deducted from your bank account

- Host a Baby Bottle Drive at your school, church or community group • Host a Cooking For a Cause Fundraiser.

More details can be found on our website: www.generationher.org

 Together we can continue to change lives in a big way, one life at a time. 

Vanessa Lamont

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