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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 Jose State and San Francisco State University campuses – but without support, less than 38% of these young women will finish high […]


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 mothers, and their children. On March 31, 2022, we celebrated our 10th Anniversary together online. If you […]


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 available to them. But then, how do pregnant and parenting young women find out about the Teen Success program in […]


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 more information on who are the young mothers and children of Teen Success, Inc. as a whole. The young […]


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 person she is. As a high school student, the world is hard enough, but Julianna’s world […]


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, but also allowed us to spend more time with our children. Through all of this, I realized […]


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 a better life for themselves, and their child thanks to our communities support. This year, we began supporting all our participants […]


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 emphasis on supporting our participants to read to their children and promote early literacy. We believe in making reading fun and we help […]


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 better decisions and successfully their complete probation.  Watch the video and to hear about her journey from a difficult upbringing, to having her son at 16, […]


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 within ourselves that we must first demolish the beliefs that make us feel lesser than […]


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 she’s running everywhere, getting into things.” ​Which makes it difficult when mom is in the middle of her online classes. […]


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 to survive the short and long-term consequences of the pandemic’s economic crisis Without financial support, young families are bearing the […]


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 ruin for people experiencing poverty. That’s why in the age of COVID-19 we’ve seen two rounds of stimulus and more potentially on the […]


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

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 experience limited access to healthcare and reproductive health information; trauma in their homes, relationships, and communities; lack of access to safe, affordable childcare and stable housing; all […]


Getting Low-Income Youth Through School During COVID-19

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 the subsequent return to shelter-in-place: our youth are not alright. The effects of the pandemic are hitting low-income youth hard: many young […]


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 MILPITAS, CA, November 30, 2020 – Teen Success, Inc.’s Board of Directors takes a stand for educational equity and […]


Child Development Practices to Empower Young Parents

Think back to when your kids were little, would you be able to tell if they were experiencing developmental delays? Many parents don’t know what to look for to indicate if their child’s development is on or off track and as a result, don’t get connected to specialists and resources […]


How the Childcare Crisis Affects Low-Income Families

CHILDCARE ACCESSIBILITY SIGNALS THE WEALTH AND EDUCATION GAP IN CALIFORNIA 62% of California’s infants and toddlers are eligible for subsidized childcare. Of those eligible, only 14% are actually enrolled in subsidized childcare (Children Now). There is a severe lack of safe, reliable, and affordable childcare throughout California, more so since the […]


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) will directly impact her children too. ​We work with young mothers because stigma surrounding teen […]


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 | [email protected] New Silicon Valley Influencers Lead Teen Success, Inc. Board of DirectorsSilicon Valley influencers and veterans, Ellen Moir and Madanno Bolano, succeed former Apple executive Nancy Heinen as Co-Chairs of Teen Success, Inc. (MILPITAS, CA) – Teen Success, Inc. announces […]


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 daughter – it’s not enough. We’re grieving their loss and angry for having to do so, but, that’s not […]


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 school with a pressing need for financial and emotional freedom for herself and her 6-year-old son, Jonathan. […]

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