Thirty-one young women were recognized by the YWCA last July as they celebrated reaching a milestone some never thought was possible – high school graduation. Young mothers taking part in the YWCA’s School-age Parents Program gathered with parents, friends, and staff for a formal reception, award ceremony, and dinner. Certificates of achievement were presented to each graduate as well as the most improved academically. The four students with the highest GPA’s were also presented with laptops from Micrecycle to help them with their college coursework. (Click here to view YNN News Story.)
Last year over 70% of the seniors taking part in the YWCA's School-age Parents program graduated high school or obtained their GED, despite the additional challenges of early parenting.
Rochester City School Board President Malik Evans and representives from the Mayor’s office and the Rochester City School District were on hand to congratulate the graduates on their achievement, as well as County Executive Maggie Brooks.
"It was my pleasure to be able to celebrate and recognize the tremendous success of the graduates enrolled in the Young Parents Support Services program at the YWCA," said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. "Each graduate is certainly an inspiration to countless other young women who face the reality of becoming a young mother. I congratulate all of these young role models and thank them for being heroes to their children."
Such celebrations are a testament to the profound effect a one-on-one mentoring relationship can have on a young mother’s ability not only to focus on achieving her educational and career goals, but also to recognize that achievement is possible. For more information on the School-age Parents Program, click here.