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Mary gains confidence at home and school

June 14, 2012

Mary

Mary, 19
Tennessee

Being a teenage mother is hard. When the baby has special needs, it’s even harder. But things changed when Mary began participating in Youth Villages’ transitional living program.

With the support of her specialist, Chris Scarbrough-Key, Mary graduated high school and was accepted to the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she is majoring in pre-veterinary science.

Now Mary is in the YV Scholars program, which assists young people who have received help from Youth Villages in achieving their college goals. She has found a house near school and is doing a wonderful job taking care of her baby.

“I always looked at life as a struggle and had a negative outlook, but Youth Villages has given me the understanding that life is what I make of it. I’m more positive now and work to make my life the way I want it to be.” – Mary

“Mary is more assertive since starting the TL program. She has more confidence and has learned to ask for help. She’ll talk with family members about finances so that she is not worried about doing it all herself. Mary plans now and gets others involved instead of carrying the whole burden herself. This is a huge step for her. With Youth Villages’ support, she doesn’t feel like she’s all alone in her struggles.” Chris Scarbrough-Key, transitional living specialist

Mary is one of several young people featured in the Youth Villages 2011 Program Report. Learn how Youth Villages helps young people like Mary and hundreds of others like her every year through our transitional living program.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Matthew permalink
    July 10, 2012 1:00 pm

    Many at 19 are all alone. Continue to hope.

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