Greetings Friends! Most of you know that I’m on staff at a church in Norwood, MA. Alongside my staff role I have been a volunteer with the local chapter of Young Life, which reaches out to build connections with area teenagers so they can encounter God’s love. Here at Young Life Boston South-West, we currently serve middle school students (Wyld Life), high school students (Young Life), and teens with disabilities (Capernaum). I am writing to share about a new adventure we’re about to embark upon in Young Life – ministry to teenage mothers and their children, in what we call Young Lives.
Roughly 3,000 babies are born to teenage mothers each year in the state of Massachusetts. It is our desire to be a source of care and encouragement for teenage mothers as well as their children in the Norfolk County area. The Young Lives vision is to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Jesus, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Through Young Life’s time-tested methods and life-on-life mentoring, teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in God’s hope.
Such an undertaking requires that we get as many people from the community involved as possible. Just as the Bible teaches that each person has unique gifts to offer the Body of Christ, there are a variety of ways to become involved in our effort to minister to are teenage mothers.
Prayer Partners: We would love to share updates and specific requests to a team of partners committed to praying for Young Lives as we begin this ministry.
Young Lives Support Committee: We will need a team of behind the scenes support with getting the word out, supporting the Young Lives Coordinator with strategy/planning, and help with fundraising.
Mentors: We are seeking women who are mature in their Christian faith who are willing to pour into the life of a teenage mother and her child through a mentoring relationship, as well as attend events for teenage moms and their children that are offered.
Childcare Volunteers: As we begin to meet teenage moms, one aspect of the ministry will be hosting club gatherings, where childcare is provided. There is also the chance to volunteer to serve on a mission week providing childcare at a regional week of summer camp.
Financial Supporters: Young Lives will need funds to help create programs to offer teenage mothers, as well as support for any participants who wish to attend summer camp for moms and their children.
As a mother myself, I know the great challenge that new parents face, challenges which are multiplied for teenage mothers. I would love to take time to meet with you to talk more about the heart behind this ministry and ways we might be able to partner together. The best way to contact me is via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time, consideration and prayers as we get ready to launch this important ministry in our area!
Me and my little guy at Young Life camp in 2016. We’re hoping to attend with some teen moms and their little ones in 2018!