Davis High School Gives Young Mothers the Tools to SucceedPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash-- Davis High School has a unique program for teen parents. It involves parenting classes and on site childcare.
"Well in my mind I was thinking I was way too young to be a mom. It was really hard for me cause I thought I was going to be in it by myself," said Baudelia Hernandez, student at Davis High School.
But, Hernandez wasn't alone. She's learned a lot about being a mother through the "Graduation Reality and Dual Roles Skills" program or GRAD. It's all about helping teen mothers graduate and reach their goals.
The mothers learn about nutrition, vaccinations and much more. A group of med students from Pacific Northwest University even stops by once a month to answer questions.
Davis High School has on sight childcare. At the childcare center young children are watched by certified professionals while their mothers attend class.
Heather Bulfinch leads the program. She said sometimes people see teen pregnancy as the end of the road. That's not the case for these girls, they're being given the tools and education to succeed.
"One thing we're real proud of here at Davis High School is we have no repeat pregnancies from the girls that have been in our programs," said Bulfinch.
Hernandez is slated to graduate next year. She's keeping her daughter Natalie in mind when it comes to her plans.
"Definitely go to college cause I want to give my daughter a better life," said Hernandez.