In Oklahoma, the teen birth rate is the third highest in the nation. Furthermore, according to the CDC, only 50% of teen mothers graduate high school compared to 90% of their non-parenting peers. As a young person, earning an education is an already difficult, oftentimes stressful task. When adding a child to the equation, the likelihood of success decreases and challenges increase. For young parents, focusing on education often feels insurmountable.
Young parents are often told that once they have their child, their own goals, dreams, and educational aspirations no longer matter. However, an interruption of education can limit choices for both parent and child over the years. At JAMES Inc., we wholeheartedly embrace the quote often attributed to writer, George Eliot, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
Since our founding in 2006, JAMES Inc. has provided support to young parents working to achieve educational and career goals. By providing: life coaching, case management, educational doula services, and scholarships, JAMES Inc. reaches young parents in need of a support system. To date, we have seen 90% of clients graduate high school, 50% achieve some level of college success, 75% maintain steady employment for more than 12 months, and 20% operate their own businesses.
For young parents who were once unsure of their futures, our clients have proven to be resilient, inspiring young adults who can achieve anything they set their minds to when given a little support. At JAMES Inc., we believe that young parents have the potential to do incredible things. In addition to being excellent moms and dads, we believe young parents can achieve their own big goals and dreams, and we’re here to provide the support they may need to get there.
If you are a young parent who needs assistance or know someone who is, please feel free to reach out to our team by contacting us today. We believe that it’s never too late to achieve your goals, and we’re here to help.