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Laura’s Story

Laura came to New Moms at age 19, 9 months pregnant, as a friend of another New Moms participant.  She had just graduated from high school, and was enrolled to get her CNA license.  When her daughter was born, Laura had to take time off from school to learn parenting skills and bond with her daughter.

While she was off, she got a part-time job at Soldier Field, working with special events, and enrolled in New Moms’ Academy of Professional Development, with a career goal of becoming a nurse.  As soon as she could, Laura returned to school to finish her CNA, going straight into a New Moms internship at a healthcare organization.

When she finished her 4-month internship, Laura was hired full-time by her internship site as an administrative assistant.  She receives job retention support from New Moms’ Academy of Professional Development staff, and continues to attend parent support groups