Chicago's south side Paul Robeson High School has developed quite the reputation lately for being labeled the school with one out of seven girls who are pregnant. But it turns out that the 115 Paul Robeson High School students reported as moms or moms-to-be aren't all moms, some are teenage fathers.
"Out of the 800 girls, 10 percent of those girls are in our program," Ms. Phillips, Parent Educator atPaul Robeson High School, said. "Eighty girls and we have about twenty-five guys that are in the program so that would bring our number to 115. That is [also] a combination of students that have given birth to their children already and students that are currently pregnant."
But the fact remains that there are still 115 teenage parents at the school and mentoring programs like the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, Daughters of Donia and Assist Her, Inc. have planned an event on Saturday, Dec. 5, to help change those statistics. The After I Met a Boy event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Sat., Dec. 5, at Paul Robeson High School on 6835 S. Normal Blvd.
Special guests and panelists include rapper Lupe Fiasco; NBC5 Chicago's LeeAnn Trotter; Danielle Cortes Devito who is Mrs. Chicago; the author of "After I Met a Boy" Crystal L. Winston; the founder and Executive Director of Dreams & Beyond Unlimited, Lisa Montgomery; U.S. Cellular Retail Sales Manager Shanel Smith; the co-founder and Executive Director of God's Star of Restoration, Natalie Byrd; author Lissa Woodson also known as Naleighna Kai; TrueStar Radio's Sharmon Jarmen; proprietor of Sensual Steps, Inc., and founder of the P.U.M.P.S. Organization, Nicole Jones; and radio personality Bioncé Foxx.
[via Message from Montie/ChicagoNow.com]