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Story from Breanne, a Teen Mom in High School!

Amakon Women Empowerment Inc., (AWE) is focused on promoting women’s success by providing disadvantaged and racialized women and girls access to success enhancing tools.  We provide computer access to girls in High School (including Teen Moms & girls in Youth Shelters) with no access to computers at home for their school work. This fosters their ability to perform school assignments, thus enhancing their chances of staying in school and achieving academic success. Free computer skills training for underprivileged women (includes women exiting Shelters, female new Canadians, and previous stay at home Moms who want to return to work after their kids are grown) who need to enhance their computer skills to augment their chances of gaining employment.

Below is a Story from Breanne, a Teen Mom in High School.

Breanne* is a high school student and a mother to a beautiful 6-month-old baby boy. After having her son, she really struggled with school as she felt the pressure of raising her son while also going to school was extremely stressful. This was compounded by the fact that she did not have the tools she needed to help her succeed. However, the staff and support system at the Shirley Schneider Support Centre helped her adjust and made school feel like home for her.

Breanne*, like some other underprivileged teens, lacks many of the necessary tools they need to succeed. AWE aids in these areas by providing laptops, so that the girls can research and complete their assignments during their spare time. Some food and diapers are also provided by AWE as it could be difficult to learn on an empty stomach.

The girls indicated that if the laptops were not available to them, they would have to take their babies on the bus to the library to use the laptops there for their assignments and research. For some, that would be an impossible task, especially in the winter. Some said they probably may have dropped out of school.  Therefore, laptops play a very significant role in helping the girls stay and complete high school. Apart from using them for school assignments, Breanne indicated she also uses the laptops for personal things like emails. The great thing about laptops is that they enhance the students’ ability to remain and complete high school.

Before having her son, Breanne* said she lacked the motivation to attend school, and had to repeat a grade due to lack of school attendance and failing too many classes. But with the supports in place from Amakon Women Empowerment and the other Shirley Schneider Support Centre support system, Breanne* can now focus on school, feels motivated and is excited to work hard and graduate, to enhance her chances of providing a better life not only for herself but also her son. This is a very clear example of how success-enhancing tools really facilitate success. AWE is always exploring other success-enhancing tools it can provide to further foster success for these girls so they can provide a brighter future for themselves and their children.

*Name and picture have been changed for privacy reasons.

A view of the free computer class

I like knowing about what my kids are learning in school so I can help them. With my not being able to understand English, I cannot help them. With this course I am understanding a little and I can read with them. (BK, this narrative was edited to make it understandable as BK is just learning English)