YoungLives is focused on building relationships with teen moms and dads by entering their world, modeling unconditional love, and encouraging them to become the men and women, and fathers and mothers, God created them to be.
In North OC YoungLives, we have had the privilege of mentoring teen moms and teen dads from the cities of Huntington Beach, Westminster, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Costa Mesa, and Santa Ana. We are currently in relationship with over 100 teen parents and have over 70 volunteers that are committed to mentoring, childcare, teaching parenting classes, providing meals, tutoring, and much more.
At our monthly gatherings we provide a place for the high school-aged moms and dads to enjoy a meal with their children, childcare, learn basic parenting skills, find community, and build their faith. We try to create a safe and loving space for these young men and women to grow into responsible parents and we also help meet tangible needs such as clothing and diapers. Some of the events that they have found to be extra special are our Christmas Boutique (girls get Christmas gifts for themselves and their babies), YoungLives Prom (safe prom with childcare where we celebrate graduating teen parents), and Summer Camp (one amazing week in Arizona with other teen moms and babies).
Being a part of watching many teen moms and dads graduate, get jobs, start college, get married, become independent, and build their faith with the close support and help of their mentors is such an honor. All of this is only made possible by our volunteers, financial supporters, and corporate sponsors.