help each teen visualize a future
One of the program’s key components is to help each teen visualize a future that she might not have imagined prior to becoming a Woman to Woman participant, such as graduating from college or eventually owning her own business.
A mentor works with her teen to create possibilities such as these and helps her to recognize defeating thoughts that might stop her. The teen then learns how to redirect those defeating thoughts into empowering ones. Teens also work with a Woman to Woman case manager to secure needed social services for themselves and their babies.
Here’s what some of the program graduates have to say:
“I got to know more about myself, I learned why things were happening and who I was. I asked myself, ‘What do I want to become as a mother?’ I don’t want my kids to go through what I went through.”
– Ada, W2W graduate
“For Alikeyda, it was added support to succeed. Monthly workshops taught her about parenting, anger management, healthy relationships and goal setting among other skills. ‘It kept me focused.’ said the teen…”
– Excerpt from The Tampa Tribune article written by Sherri Ackerman
Through the Woman to Woman program, young mothers are transformed through persistent and compassionate mentoring.
Mentors organize skill-building workshops, evening and overnight events, all geared to help the teens to recognize negative behavioral patterns and create new ones that will empower them in their lives, such as:
- Residential Retreat
- Ropes Course
Teen mothers of the Woman to Woman Program:
- Graduate high school
- Prevent subsequent pregnancies
- Learn to become responsible and caring parents
225 West Busch Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612
Provided by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, with additional support from the Shimberg Family Foundation.