YoungLives: Supporting Teen Moms

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Northside YoungLives Girls, Babies, and Mentors at Summer Camp
In Young Life, we have the privilege of extending Jesus Christ’s love to kids as they are, where they are. For high school and middle school girls who are expecting or are raising a child on their own, that love takes the form of a program called YoungLives.

Treating each mom and her child or children with unconditional love and respect, YoungLives offers teen moms relief from the isolation and struggle of their daily lives and hope for the future. YoungLives mentors provide friendship, parenting advice, and help meeting the practical demands of raising a child. At YoungLives club and camp, moms get to socialize and have fun while their babies get the best possible care.

Northside YoungLives club is for any pregnant or parenting teenage girls, up to 19 years old, who live within our area boundaries (Division to the south, Oak Park Ave. to the west, city limits to the north). 

Our staff and mentors engage in outreach through our Baby Box service and weekly contact time.   We are reaching young moms primarily from the Albany Park neighborhood, but this continues to extend across the north side.

Once a month, our staff, advocates, mentors, child care providers, young moms and children gather for CLUB, a fun and exciting time to connect, share parenting techniques, and provide a Gospel message that speaks to the girls and their place in life. Our Advocates provide a family-style meal where we can break bread together.  We also provide childcare to give our young moms a break and to be fully present with teachings and experiences.  

As girls get more involved, they are given the opportunity to be matched with an individual mentor who will spend weekly time supporting the young mom and her children, helping her find success in school and work, and sharing the hope of Christ.

We need your help!

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We are hearing the need from teachers and administration for YoungLives to expand to additional schools and neighborhoods across the city, including Wells, Marshall, Lane Tech, Lincoln Park, Schurz, and Uplift.  If you are interested in starting a new club at one of these (or other) schools, contact us for more info!​​​


Young Life Chicago Northside | 2958 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60618-8206

Phone: 773-609-4565

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