And many individual donors!
Budget cuts to community- and school-based services have resulted in a scarcity of high quality resources to support young mothers and their families. It is believed that more than 75% of children born to single teenage parents in the United States grow up in poverty. Enduring poverty equals poor social and intellectual outcomes. The Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective (BYMC) works to alleviate inter-generational poverty by equipping young families with educational and social resources to move out of poverty. BYMC supports disadvantaged young mothers in developing into healthy, educated, self-sufficient women who are actively engaged in community life. BYMC provides young mothers with leadership development opportunities, peer-led group work, educational advocacy and support services to ensure that they experience academic success, personal joy, and learn to engage in civic life. BYMC accomplishes its mission through individual service plans, group work, and teaching self-advocacy skills.