Building a Culture of Support for Pregnant and parenting Young Women

Pregnant and parenting teens (PPT) still struggle to graduate and continue to college and/or employment. Most are low-income young women and/or young women of color. Nearly one-third of pregnant young women who drop out of high school cite stigma as the main factor. When young PPT feel judged by school personnel (teachers, counselors, nurses, principals), they are less likely to trust or seek support from other adults elsewhere. Eyes Open Iowa will work with five school districts by training personnel to end unsupportive behaviors (e.g., talking negatively about PPT in the teachers lounge, insisting that the PPT be removed to an alternative setting) by substituting supportive actions (e.g., helping them plan a future that includes graduation, college, and a career).