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The Effects of Teen Pregnancy on Education

The effects that teen pregnancy has on a young parent's educational path.
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Monique Garon

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Effects of Teen Pregnancy on Education Team Jumanji:
Monique Garon, Sydney MacDonald, Chandra Martin, Rebecca Warner One in seven babies delivered between 2006 and 2010 was born to a teen mom, one of the highest rates among all Ontario cities. During that period, nearly 100 of the 668 expectant moms living between Sherman and Wentworth who gave birth were teenage girls (Buist and Teri). According to Dr. Chris Mackie, children born to teen mothers are more likely to become teen mothers themselves. As such, these children will be less likely to achieve economic success when they grow up. Therefore it can be assumed that teen pregnancy leads to decreased economic success due to lack of higher education. In many teen parent situations, a positive attitude and a desire to complete high school are not enough to achieve a diploma. Many young parents neglect their education when caring for a child. Educational Resources for Teen Mothers in Hamilton Grace Haven:
A public educational facility for young mothers with babies that is ran through the Salvation Army in efforts to help them complete their high school diploma. St. Martin's Manor:
A catholic facility that also offers young mothers a different way of completing their high school diploma. Infants require much care and attention. In order for young parents to provide this care and attention, the child must become their primary focus. Grace Haven Interview:
Sarah Moniz & Caroline Green Despite the low academic completion of teenage mothers, there are many organization striving to help young mothers graduate high school and move on to higher levels of education. This higher level of education will help provide the mothers with the knowledge they need to acquire a job and a consistent source of income.These organizations will also teach the young mothers how to cope with their situations and how to act responsibly. Work Cited Catholic Family Services. (n.d.). Retrieved from Catholic Family Services: http://www.cfshw.com Buist, S., & Teri, P. (2011, November 19). Mothers too soon. Hamilton Spectator. Moniz, Sarah and Caroline Green. Your Perception on How Teen Pregnancy Affects Education Chandra Martin. 12 November 2012. Warner, R. Grace Haven Motivation Photo. Grace Haven , Hamilton. The majority of the young families in this area live below the poverty line, with most of their income provided by the government. Conversely, in the north end of Burlington, 740 women gave birth between 2006 and 2010. None of them were teens (Buist and Teri). Approximately one in four adults in the Sherman Wentworth area do not have a high school diploma, which attests to the lack of academic success of their children, thus creating a correlation between economic stability and education. Of the high school aged children between Queen st. and Kennilworth ave, 1 in 7 are dropouts. 10% of those dropouts are teen mothers. "Consider this: According to provincial data, from April 2006 to March 2007, there were approximately 4,350 teens who gave birth in Ontario. Question 1.
Do you believe that teen pregnancy affects educational rates in Hamilton?

Answer:
" I think it does, but I think that are programs like Grace Haven, St.Martin's Manor and Angela's Place that are built in to help the teen moms to fulfill their educational needs. The opportunities are there for them to become successful." Of those, 616 — or about 14 per cent — were giving birth for the second time. There were 554 teen girls aged 16 and under who gave birth — 26 of them for at least the second time." (Buist And Teri) Question 2.
Has the student population within Grace Haven increased or decreased over the past 5 years?

Answer:
" It fluctuates, I think it's not just Grace Haven, but board wide, and so I think their are other factors affecting that. Individually, there is always fluctuation here, and it's not very predictable. Sometimes we (Grace Haven) has a waiting list, sometimes we have a full 36 (students) and a waiting list, and sometimes we are down to 25 (students)." Question 3.
Do you believe that sexual education classes in elementary, and high schools should focus more on the effects of teen pregnancy as a topic of prevention?

Answer:
" Public and Catholic boards may teach differently through out their grade levels, I'm not very sure. I think at some point if their going to talk about pregnancy they should bring that up as a topic. When they start talking about contraceptives, they should probably bring up the affects. I believe that it would be a good topic to bring up eventually, but at which grade, I'm not sure." Question 4.
What is average yearly graduation rate at Grace Haven compared to the amount of students enrolled in this school?

Answer:
"On average, in and out the doors is about 70 students per year, and graduation can be anywhere from one to five." Question 5.
What do you believe the effects are on completing higher levels of education from teen pregnancy? Answer:
“It really depends on the student; on what they want to do. It depends on the supports they have at home; it depends on the government assistance, individual motivation plays a role, so basically it all depends on a young mother’s situation.” Question 6.
How do you encourage teen mothers to “stick with” the program offered at Grace Haven? Answer:
“We definitely try to encourage them, everyone works on their own courses, and we will take a student aside to find out what is wrong. Is it something personal, is it just the educational piece, if it is we can do things like change the novel to something they will read, and we have the ability to do those things because the program is all one-on-one. “ Question 7.
Have there been any success stories from past teen moms who attended Grace Haven that you would like to recall? Answer:
“One student I would like to recall came to visit us, and was currently enrolled in the McMaster Nursing Program, and she was almost finished, so I consider her to be very successful. Another student attended Grace Haven last year who actually printed in the Salvation Army Newsletter, she had just had her baby before graduation and isn’t even in college yet!” Iotzov, A. North-American Downtown in cold sunny day. Urban landscape of downtown Hamilton Ontario. Hamilton.

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