I was 15 when I got pregnant. I didn’t even know how to change a diaper and now here I was having a baby. I was scared and confused out of my mind: what would become of me? I had a rough pregnancy; I was always sick and depressed. My baby was born premature and only weighed 4lbs. 11oz. I cried every time I had to enter the NICU. It made matters worse for me to hear things such as ‘What is this little girl doing having a baby?’ You just learn to ignore people.
It’s human nature for a parent to brag about their baby. You want to let the whole world why YOUR baby is the best and people gift you their time, their attention, and their willingness to listen you boast. For the past three days I’ve been able to do just that – talk about my other baby: BOLD (Bridging Opportunity, Love and Determination).
I’ve spoken out on behalf of the National Crittenton Foundation before and every time I do I feel so empowered. Being able to speak about my experiences, my struggles, my successes, and the support that shaped me allows me to continue to heal and continues to help me realize that all those experiences no longer have any power over me. I’m finally free.
When my husband and I met, he already had his bachelor’s degree and was working on his Master’s. As the first in his immediate family to graduate from college, he wanted to make a career out of helping other people make it to college. Of course, I found that very appealing.
It’s been more than 3 weeks and the social web is abuzz with people who are still chattering about Beyoncé and her pregnancy…guess that’s just part of the celebrity lime light. Reality is, she is one of the most successful stars of our times, and she married one of the most successful rap artists/executives in history, Jay-Z.
The National Crittenton Foundation was honored to be invited to attend and kick off the second meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC). NAC members are appointed by the Attorney General Eric Holder to advise the Office on Violence Against Women on how to reduce and address the exposure of children and youth to violence. At the meeting held last week in Washington, DC, six young women from the Crittenton Family of agencies had the opportunity to open the meeting up by sharing their personal stories of exposure to violence to the NAC members and advocates who filled the ballroom at the Fairfax Embassy Row Hotel.
We have a long history as advocates for young women and girls
- 135 Stories
- 135 Years
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
- BOLD Program
- Commercial Sex Trafficking
- Crittenton Family of Agencies
- Foster Care
- Girls at the Margin
- Guest Post
- Juvenile Justice
- National Girls Initiative
- Opportunities for Girls
- Two Generation Approaches
- Young Moms