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Girls’ Night Out Program Details
Designed to help pregnant and parenting teen moms develop strong parenting and life skills.
Mentor and provide support for high school completion
Weekly group mentoring sessions are held at Caroline Mission.
A Program Director holds monthly individual sessions to monitor progress toward individual goals.
Assessments on the moms’ children are done to determine level of cognitive development.
Child care with developmentally appropriate activities is provided.
A family-style meal for moms and children are provided at each weekly session.
Transportation is provided, but the service area is limited.
Girls’ Night Out utilizes the Changing Scenes curriculum developed by the Wyman Center’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP). TOP is an evidence-based model that has resulted in a lower risk of course failure, suspension, school dropout, and pregnancy, and repeat pregnancies, for participants nationwide.
This program is supported in part by funding from: Old Newsboys Day, Roblee Foundation, Bess Spiva Timmons Foundation, Fox Family Foundation, and Children's Trust Fund (for more information about making a donation to receive a "Prevent Child Abuse" specialty license plate, click here).
Group and individual sessions are free of charge to every pregnant or parenting mom.
Food and materials are included with the program at no charge.
The City of St. Louis has a relatively high population of adolescent mothers. Over 16% of births are to teenage mothers, a rate that exceeds state and national averages (Vision for Children at Risk, 2009). Neighborhood Houses recognizes that adolescent mothers experience parenthood through a unique set of circumstances. The responsibility of caring for and nurturing a child while still needing to depend on others for her own well-being and attempting to fulfill the responsibilities of school and home can be overwhelming. These adolescents, who are in the middle of developing their own sense of self and independence, now have the added responsibility of caring for a child, or multiple children in some cases.
Inspiring Tanisha's Magnificent Potential
You can’t help but feel the warmth that glows from Tanisha. It starts from the inside and reaches anyone near her. That warmth, as she describes it, comes from the joy of being a mom of a precious baby girl. That warmth comes through in her smile, her voice, her attitude. Of all the things in Tanisha’s past and the challenges of the present – as she recently shared her ‘low’ at a Girls’ Night Out meeting, “I’m broke.” But the low paled in comparison to her ‘high’, “My high is always my baby girl.” The gathering of these young moms is a laughter-filled, fun-filled event – for returning moms and for the new moms that are just beginning, looking for an outlet, a resource, a community that understands them. That community is Neighborhood Houses’ Girls’ Night Out.
Inspiring Alexis’s Magnificent Potential
Before the Girls’ Night Out gathering ever officially started, one could sense the energy that comes from Alexis. From playing “patty cake” with her daughter – clapping, singing, laughing – to having what felt like six conversations at once with the other girls at the meeting, Alexis is a young woman with a wonderful gift of engagement. She knows no strangers – and she won’t let anyone be a stranger if they are in the group – a fellow Girls’ Night Out participant or a Neighborhood House staff member or special guest. She WANTS to know about what’s going on with everyone – and she’s not afraid to ask. She wants to share and make a difference – just ask her about her “starring role” with a few other GNO participants in the video about domestic violence she and several of the other girls created and produced. There’s a community that is being built among the GNO participants – not simply a physical, same space community, but a “we’re-all-here-for-each-other-and-will-support-each-other-to-achieve-what-we-want” kind of community. And Alexis is a young woman that will make that happen.
Girls’ Night Out follows the school year, so the program begins in early September and ends in May. If you are interested in applying, please complete the enrollment application form and we will contact you within two business days.