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Uniting teenage mothers

October 09, 2003|Susan Carpenter

While teen pregnancies have declined in recent years, roughly one in 10 young women ages 15 to 19 get pregnant every year. Of them, many choose to keep the baby, setting themselves on a difficult course that will have them juggling motherhood, education and career issues, often with little support or guidance.

That's why Allison Crews organized the National Day to Empower Teen Parents, debuting Saturday in cities across North America. Designed to help pregnant teens who have decided to become mothers, the one-day "speakout" event will encourage "teen moms, former teen moms and children of teen moms to share their stories," said Crews. Now 21, she was 16 when she gave birth to her son.

"Teen mothers are only reflected through statistics and stereotypes and daytime talk shows," said Crews, who lives in Texas and edits the GirlMom site (www.girlmom.com).

The goal: empowering and educating teen mothers to help them achieve success in their own lives and for their children.

-- Susan Carpenter

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National Day to Empower Teen Parents. Balboa Park, Park Avenue at Presidents Way,

San Diego. 1 p.m. Sunday. www.EmpowerTeenParents.org

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