Lincoln organization continues support for homeless teen mothers in need
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A local organization says there is an “epidemic concerning youth homelessness” that is impacting teenage mothers in Lincoln.
Youth for Christ Executive Director Matt Schulte says there are nearly 140 babies born to teen mothers every year in Lancaster County, and many of them face unforeseen circumstances.
“In some cases, their parents have kicked them out,” he said. “In other places, their parents are no longer around or available and so, they’re looking for a place to live.”
YFC offers a “Parent Life” program for teens, and Schulte says it helps engage young parents.
“We are particularly providing the relationship and the knowledge to navigate the system for teen parents,” Schulte said.
Teens can either be referred to the program by Lincoln Public Schools or their doctor’s offices, but either way, the organization aims to serve those in need.
“If we can help teen parents succeed, and raise their child in a healthy way, then we can have a long-term impact of improving our community here in Lincoln.”
The organization is currently hosting a fundraiser for mothers in the program, and details can be found here.