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Meet Emiko Ropp

Dear Supporters, My name is Emiko Ropp, and I want to share with you the transformative journey I've experienced with Shine Together. I joined this incredible program shortly after welcoming my son…

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A Story of Resiliency: Vanessa’s Journey and Enduring Connection with Her Shine Advocate

When she was a teen mom, Vanessa Padilla took a while to warm up to people. She had felt judged by her school peers when she became pregnant at 14, and in turn she became judgmental toward others.…

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Meet Sofia Jaquez, a Shining Star

As an undergrad working toward getting into law school, Sofia Jaquez is incredibly busy. In addition to being a full-time student and volunteer in the Bay Area community, she’s a single mom raising…

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Shine Together Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Fresno Office

(Milpitas, CA) — Shine Together, Inc. formalized its new name and refined mission with a grand opening ceremony at its Fresno office on Tulare Street today. The ribbon-cutting event reaffirms the…

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Shine Together Celebrating Young Moms at Its 11th Annual Luncheon

Shine Together Celebrating Young Moms at Its 11th Annual Luncheon Shine has awarded more than $39,000 in Educational Scholarships and direct support to young mothers since 2022 (Milpitas, CA) —…

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Shine Together’s Ribbon Cutting Event in Fresno!

We’re excited to let you know that after 10 years of service to young mothers and their children as Teen Success, Inc., we are transitioning into a new chapter for our organization as Shine Together…

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Fox40 News covers Mother support program changes name to Shine Together Inc.

Sacramento Valley Regional Director for Shine Together Inc. Niki Singleton discusses the reasons behind the program’s recent name change from Teen…

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Shine 11th Annual Luncheon

Shine Together Celebration We are proud to announce Shine Together's (formerly Teen Success)11th Annual Luncheon honoring young mothers! We are coming together to celebrate post-secondary scholarship…

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Shine Together’s Ribbon Cutting Event in Sacramento!

We’re excited to let you know that after 10 years of service to young mothers and their children as Teen Success, Inc., we are transitioning into a new chapter for our organization as Shine Together…

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Young Parenthood in California

IMPACTS OF TEENAGE PREGNANCY AND YOUNG PARENTHOOD Young parenthood in California In 2020, the expected number of pregnant and parenting teens and young women in California could fill both San…

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Celebrating 10 Years of Empowerment

We are proud to celebrate 10 years of empowering young mothers this year! Over the last 10 years Teen Success, Inc. and its incredible supporters have impacted the lives of over 1,600 young…

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How Do Moms Hear About Teen Success?

We often share how one of the services Teen Success, Inc. provides to our participants is access to resources and opportunities as our participants often don’t know what programs are…

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Partnering With Resilient Young Mothers

Every month, we have the opportunity to share stories of successes and challenges that our participants face. As well as the individual stories of our participants, we also wanted to share…

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Julianna’s Story: A Future Reimagined

Today, 22-year-old Julianna is confident as a mom and as a person, but she hasn’t always been that way. It has taken time, support, and encouragement for her to see herself for the amazing…

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Leadership Update at Teen Success, Inc.

Dear Friends, Like you, I have spent a lot of time over the past year reflecting on so many things, including what my family needs. The pandemic brought many challenges for working parents,…

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

This year 33 young women from Teen Success, Inc. graduated from high school! These young women overcame every barrier (including a pandemic), challenged every stigma, and made a path to…

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Early Literacy and the Benefits of Reading 15 Minutes a Day

Early childhood development is one of the core components of our two-generation program. To ensure that children are meeting their age-appropriate linguistic milestones, we place a heavy…

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Meet the Mom Who’s Helping Youth Complete Probation Successfully

The inaugural recipient of the "Honorable Teresa Guerrero-Daley Inspiration Award," Evelyn Gonzalez, is making a positive impact by influencing youth going through probation to make…

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How can we, as individuals, as a community, rise up to eradicate racism?

Updated: 4-20-2021 How can we, as individuals, as a community, rise up to eradicate racism? We start on the inside. We all need to continue to look inside at our own biases because it is…

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In the News: ABC30 “Downtown Fresno organization aims to support young mothers”

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Little Sienna McCabe is your typical two-year-old according to her mother, 17-year-old Avana Tarr. "When she was a newborn, it was way easier," Tarr said. "Now…

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Why direct cash is critical for young moms struggling to pay the rent in this pandemic

By: Diana Farias Heinrich, Communications and Marketing Manager, Teen Success, Inc. Direct cash assistance has to be a part of the equation if young mothers and their children are going…

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Cash for College: How Educational Stipends are Going to Help Young Mothers Stay in College and Even the Playing Field

By: Diana Farias Heinrich, Communications and Marketing Manager, Teen Success, Inc.​Cash grants, stimulus checks, microgrants – an influx of cash can mean the difference between survival and…

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Free downloadable infographic shows the challenges young mothers face to finish their education and how the Teen Success, Inc. program helps.

Download Infographic Teen Success, Inc. is building pathways to prosperity for two-generations, young mothers and their children.As young women of color, Teen Success, Inc. participants…

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Getting Low-Income Youth Through School During COVID-19

Stock image Low-income youth attendance is at its lowest, while affluent communities have the highest student attendance ratesOne thing has been made clear by the latest spike in COVID-19 and…

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Teen Success, Inc.’s Board of Directors Matches Donations up to $65,000

Kicking off on #GivingTuesday 2020, Teen Success, Inc.’s Board of Directors invests in breaking the cycle of poverty for young families; All donations matched through the end of 2020 up to $65,000……

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Child Development Practices to Empower Young Parents

Participant painting her baby's feet in a Teen Success, Inc. mommy-and-me activity Think back to when your kids were little, would you be able to tell if they were experiencing developmental…

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How the Childcare Crisis Affects Low-Income Families

CHILDCARE ACCESSIBILITY SIGNALS THE WEALTH AND EDUCATION GAP IN CALIFORNIA Photo: Lesly and her daughter, Addilyn 62% of California’s infants and toddlers are eligible for subsidized…

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A Young Parent’s Path to Obtaining a Living Wage

High school education alone is not enough to earn a living wage.An educated woman is a powerful woman, but when a woman is also a mother, we also know that her opportunities (or lack thereof)…

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Press Release JUL 28: New Silicon Valley Influencers Lead Teen Success, Inc. Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DOWNLOADTuesday, July 28, 2020 Media Contact: Becka Ross | (408) 263-8330 x105 | bross@teensuccess.org New Silicon Valley Influencers Lead Teen…

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A philanthropist’s action list to support Black Lives Matter

(Updated 6-30-20)We're outraged by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubery – but just saying that, it’s simply not enough. To say that we're heartbroken for George’s wife and…

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Kassandra’s Story

At 22 years old, Kassandra Perez is looking to finish the course requirements she needs to apply to nursing programs. She could finish in just one more semester, but she's struggling to balance…

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