Angele Sionna, the Early Childhood Examiner on Examiner.com created a series called “Do-It-All” Mamas & Papas that features hard working parents who have started their own business or venture and are using their skills/knowledge to make other parents’ lives better. SOYA’s founder Khadijah Ali-Coleman was featured this week and talks about her work with Liberated Muse Productions, her upcoming play Running: AMOK and her work with SOYA as an education consultant. Check it out here. Other featured do-it-all parents featured are Olympic medalist Mary-Lou Retton, and the Food Network’s Robin Miller.
Yesterday, dozens of youth, parents and community members gathered at Covenant House Washington to celebrate National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, sponsored by the DC SportBike Riders who not only funded the event, but engaged the community fully by providing a dunk machine, pony rides, a moonbounce and snow cones free to the public.
(In photo: SOYA’s Khadijah Ali-Coleman with Covenant House Washington’s Program Coordinator Marielle Pierrot. Khadijah hosted the talent showcase on behalf of her arts group Liberated Muse.)
(In photo: Bear with the DC SportBike Riders sits in the dunk tank ready to be dunked by eager participants ready to hit the mark)
(In photo: Kids enjoyed pony rides on ponies provided by the DC SportsBike Riders who sponsored the event)
(In photo: The youth dance group Raw Element danced at this year’s event. Raw Element is a youth managed dance team where the youth choreograph, select dancers and book events on their own.)
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2006, there were 435,436 births to mothers aged 15–19 years in the United States, a birth rate of 41.9 per 1,000 women in this age group. The majority, nearly two thirds among mothers under age 18 and more than half among mothers aged 18–19 years, of teen births are unintended—they occurred sooner than desired or were not wanted at any time. U.S. teen pregnancy, birth, and abortion rates are considerably higher than most other developed countries.
Covenant House Washington’s Prevention Services uses an abstinence-based curriculum that educates young people on reproductive health while engaging young people in activities designed to build self-esteem, and encourage youth to make positive choices for themselves.