SOFIA

When Sofia came to us with her three-year-old son, she was homeless. She had dropped out of high school, and felt like everything in her life was negative, including her relationship with her son. She didn’t want her son to play with other children, but she didn’t want to spend time with him herself, either.
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AIESHA

Aiesha came to New Moms in August of 2012 with a high school diploma and a vibrant personality. Her short term goal was to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, and she even volunteered at a local hospital to gain experience, but she hit a roadblock after two unsuccessful attempts at passing her certification exam.
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BRIANNE

Brianne came to New Moms in the summer of 2011, hoping to find a job. She was eighteen years old, with a two-year-old son named Leo. She enrolled in our Academy of Professional Development, with a clear goal of becoming an IT administrator. Throughout high school, Brianne had loved learning about computer networking and administration.
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DISCOVERING THE WORLD

Sometimes the transformations that mean the most are the small ones we witness every day.

As part of New Moms’ Academy of Professional Development, participants are required to participate in daily current events discussions. For our participants—many of whom have never left the 12-block radius in which they were born—this can be a radical and often uncomfortable exercise.
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PARTICIPANT TESTIMONIALS

New Moms hosts quarterly participant celebrations, to acknowledge their achievements. The following are quotes from participants’ speeches at a recent celebration.
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PRISCILLA

Priscilla is 20 years old. She and her 15-month-old daughter came to New Moms when her daughter was just an infant, after her family kicked her out of their home.
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MAXINE

Maxine is 24 years old and has a 7-year-old daughter. When she came to New Moms looking for assistance with job training, she had a very limited job history and no high school diploma. At the time,  she and her daughter were living in the basement of a building.
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ANGELIQUE

Angelique is 3 years old. While her mother attends New Moms’ programming, Angelique attends New Kids programming. When she first began, she was very shy, and didn’t want to leave her mother’s side.
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 ALICIA

Since coming to New Moms, 19-year-old Alicia has dealt with a lot.  She came to us 8 months pregnant, and after she delivered her daughter, she began coming to New Moms every day, learning new parenting and life skills to help take care of her daughter. After a few months, her mother died unexpectedly, leaving behind Alicia’s 8-year-old sister, Amara.
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TIME TO END HUNGER

It’s difficult being an adolescent parent—and the young women served by New Moms have it even harder than most: 100% are living in extreme poverty (200% or more below the federal poverty threshold).  70% have been physically or sexually abused.  80% have dropped out of school, and are operating at an average 4th grade level.
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MILENA

This is the transcript of a speech given by 17-year-old Milena at a recent participant celebration.
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 MARTINA

This is the transcript a speech given by 21-year-old Martina, a resident of New Moms’ Cooperative Living Program.
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