BOSTON (WWLP) — More than a quarter of students who drop out of school cite teen parenthood as a reason for leaving.
2,000 Massachusetts students drop out of school because of
teen pregnancy, but what many of them may not know is that there are supports available to them.
Community agencies within the
Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy provide a youth parents program that helps new moms attain their
high school diploma. Other programs provide childcare for teen parents so they can attend school.
Teen pregnancy advocates were at the State House asking lawmakers for more funding for these programs as many of them have long waiting lists.
According to Liz Peck, Public Policy Director of the Massachusetts Alliance of Teen Pregnancy, "There's at least 186 more kids that could be served in the young parents GED program that can't be because there's not enough money for enrollment slots."
Teen pregnancy advocates say that for every student who obtains their high school diploma, Massachusetts saves about half a million dollars over the course of that student's lifetime.
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