Youth Development

TEEN SUCCESS INC

Transforming lives, two generations at a time

Milpitas, CA

Mission

The mission of Teen Success, Inc. is to transform the lives of underserved teen mothers and their children by helping them become educated, self-sufficient, valued members of society.

Ruling Year

2011

Executive Director

Karin Kelley

Main Address

508 Valley Way

Milpitas, CA 95035 USA

Keywords

youth development, teen mothers, teen pregnancy prevention, reproductive health, education,

EIN

45-0702884

 Number

0058894390

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Becoming a parent while a teen makes it difficult for a young mother to finish high school, obtain a career, and reach her life goals. Nationally only 38% of teen mothers finish high school and 18% have a second child as a teen. To remain engaged in school, young mothers must navigate barriers such as having from educators, punitive absence and make-up policies, and lack of support for breastfeeding mothers. Lacking a high school diploma, a teen mother is at higher risk for unemployment and living in poverty. The young women we serve often face a cycle of poverty that has clung on generation after generations-- 70% are children of teen mothers themselves. They face the challenges of living in poverty, such as being in contact with child welfare and correctional systems. Without support, the majority of teen mothers do not complete high school and the cycle of poverty and young parenthood continues.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Teen Success Program

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Percent of members that complete high school or its equivalent, or are working towards graduation

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Teen Success Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

38% of teen mothers nationally graduate high school. Teen Success, Inc. works with young mothers to mitigate barriers and empower them to continue their education.

Percent of members who read regularly to their children

This metric is no longer tracked.
TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Teen Success Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Teen Success, Inc. works with teen mothers to develop the skills to be effective "first teachers" to their children and nurture their child's positive development

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Teen Success Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

There are over 60,000 pregnant and parenting young women under the age of 22 in California.

Numbers of minutes parents read to their children every day

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Teen Success Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Reading aloud to children helps children develop early literacy skills and sets them up on a path to their own academic success

Percent of children who are meetng their linguistic developmental milestones

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Teen Success Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Ensuring children are meeting their linguistic milestones puts them on the path to be kindergarten ready.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Teen pregnancy disproportionately affects low-income communities and young women of color. Two out of every three babies born to teens in California are born to Latinas. Poor and low-income teens who make up approximately 40% of the adolescent population, account for 83% of teens who give birth. The communities that Teen Success, Inc. serves are primarily comprised of people of color and have high school drop-out rates. These communities struggle with issues of intergenerational poverty, decreased health outcomes, community violence, and little hope for a better life. Teen Success, Inc. is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty for teen mothers and their children. It is Teen Success, Inc.'s belief that having a baby as a teen is not a permanent barrier to success in school or in life. We believe that education is a key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty and through our program, we are opening the door for more young mothers and their children to achieve their full potential.

*Teen Success, Inc. provides weekly one-on-one coaching sessions. Our model uses an empowerment approach that builds on participants'' strengths and supports them in identifying and finding solutions to challenges they face while building their skills to work towards their goals. Coaching focuses on helping participants identify and mitigate barriers to success; providing support to members around school choices, school re-enrollment, advocacy for educational services in order to graduate; and developing the skills needed to nurture their child's positive development. *The year-long Peer Learning Group focuses on social and emotional learning, reproductive health, and parenting education. In addition to knowledge and skill development, this program component aims to support each teen mother in increasing her confidence, growth mindset, and connectedness to her peers, her child, and her family. All of these are proven protective factors that support success in school and beyond.

The Teen Success Program is designed to address the unique barriers that teen mothers face in reaching educational success and helping them to develop the skills to provide their children with healthy growth and environment. Teen Success, Inc. employs a positive youth development model in our work. Research has shown that by using a positive youth development model and increasing a young person's developmental assets, it reduces tendency towards risky behaviors including alcohol and drug use, violence, school failure, and sexual activity. The Teen Success program is unique in offering both one-on-one coaching as well as a peer learning component. By focusing on meeting both individual needs as well as creating a community of young mothers and breaking down the barriers and isolation they face, Teen Success, Inc. is able to offer a truly comprehensive program aimed mitigating barriers and the root causes that keep young families in poverty.

At the completion of the program, Teen Success, Inc. expects that: 1) 90% of participants will complete high school, or its equivalent, or will be on track to graduation at program completion 2) 75% of participants will demonstrate a decrease of parenting stress from beginning of the program to program completion. 3) 90% of participants’ children will meet age-appropriate linguistic milestones as measured by the LENA Snapshot survey. 4) Children with developmental delay and health outcomes are detected early.

Teen Success, Inc. has a track record of success. Last year: *92% of members who completed the program graduated from high school or are working towards graduation; nationally, only 38% of teen mothers graduate from high school. *Only 8% of members had a second pregnancy, as compared to 18% of teen mothers nationally. *93% of participants report that the Teen Success, Inc. program has helped them improve their parenting skills *Teen Success, Inc. participants report reading to their children for an average of 15 minutes daily. *91% of participants children are meeting their linguistic milestones *93% of participants report that the Teen Success, Inc. program meets their needs well

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Disability

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