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She Doesn't Walk Alone

When Rebecca learned she was pregnant, she knew living at home would be a challenge. Money was tight, and her mom’s new boyfriend kept his fists locked and loaded. For the first few months after Rebecca gave birth, however, everyone managed to get along. Then, late one night, her mom’s boyfriend came home in a rage and took his anger out on Rebecca’s little boy. After the screaming finally ended, Rebecca packed her bags, placed her son in the car, and left. It was already after midnight, and she had nowhere to go. She could only think of one person to call. Hailey, her YoungLives mentor, answered on the second ring.

Over the last eight years, our corps of devoted mentors has shared the heartaches and tears of more than 540 young women in Anchorage. We know their stories. They have endured the pains of abuse, the indignities of couch-surfing, and the despair of under-resourced conditions. Rising homelessness and a surging heroin epidemic only reinforce the mounting afflictions confronting Alaska’s youth. Meeting the needs of pregnant and parenting teens requires a unique strategy, one that empowers as it heals, and gives them a chance to reclaim their adolescence.

YoungLives, a division of Young Life’s mentorship programs, focuses decades of proven support strategies on pregnant and parenting teens from all racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Our mentorship combines lasting friendship with life-skill training based in the rigor of practice and the healing delight of humor. Ongoing efforts strive to create new settings of well-provisioned care conducive to fun as well as safety, excitement as well as counsel, and adventure as well as reflection.

The rest of Rebecca’s story unfolded in the context of mentorship, accountability, and unconditional love. She has since finished school. Today, she and her son have made the beginnings of a new life built on promise instead of heartbreak. Teen moms just like her live all over Anchorage, desperate for love to walk into their lives. YoungLives strives to show them they do not walk alone.



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