Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Woman to Woman hold Annual Retreat

The Woman to Woman program held their annual retreat in Brooksville at the Lakewood Camp & Conference Center. In attendance were 15 teen mothers, their babies, volunteer mentors and the staff of the Woman to Woman program.

For most of the teens, the Retreat is the first time they have been away from home overnight. Both days are highly structured with a series of lessons and challenge runs designed to encourage the teens intellectually, emotionally, and physically. With the support of their mentor and staff, the teen mothers are encouraged to explore their core beliefs and take responsibility for their actions through activities that are reflective and interactive. At the end of the Retreat, each teen has a new vision of “possibility” for the future. The Retreat took place on February 7 and 8.  Although it was cold and rainy, the teens and mentors still managed to get in their challenge run and an ice cream social.

The Woman to Woman program of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services has been funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County since 2004 to serve pregnant or parenting teen mothers in Hillsborough County. This year it received additional support from the Shimberg Foundation and Macy’s. The goals of the program are to increase life skills and parenting skills resulting in healthy babies and healthy, self- sufficient families.  Volunteer mentors are always needed.

Key Benefits of the Program FY13

  • ·         FY 13 enrolled 42 teen mothers and their babies
  • ·         100% of children attended Well-baby/Well-child check ups
  • ·         100% of eligible babies were provided with ASQ3 screenings and have mothers who are knowledgeable of child development
  • ·         100% of our teen mothers are engaged in a parenting curriculum and 92% have demonstrated knowledge consistent with age-appropriate child development and expectations.
  • ·         100% of out teen mothers stayed in school/educational program
  • ·         88% of our high school graduates enrolled in a post high school program and two  received outside scholarships
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