Teen and Child Advocate, Oklahoma City, OK - October 21, 2015
A day working with teenage mothers and their children was never the same. I dealt with problems as they would arise. For instance, if a student was having transportation issues that was causing her to miss school or if a student needed resources for food, clothing or anything else that was needed to successfully finish school and care for their child. I learned that most of the mothers, even though very young, were capable of caring for their children and solving problems with just a little bit of guidance and encouragement. They needed to be empowered and uplifted. I had great co-workers both at Sunbeam and at the site. We all pulled together as a team to solve problems that would arise. The hardest part of the job was working daily with a parent and then all of a sudden she would drop out of school and their was no convincing her to come back and finish. The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing the mothers start to solve their own problems. And, of course, to graduate from high school.