Pregnant and parenting teens recognized for finishing high school

first_imgAdilene Miranda planned to drop out of high school when she got pregnant at 16. The whispers and stares in the hallway made school unbearable. But she wanted to do what her parents never did: graduate from high school.“My parents never finished high school,” Miranda said. “I want to change that for my family. I want my son to see that I graduated.”Desiree Barrera-Poulsen knew when she got pregnant nine months ago that she wouldn’t be happy with a General Education Development credential. She wanted a diploma, and she wanted it from Evergreen High School, where her dad received his diploma.Miranda and Barrera-Poulsen, along with a handful of other pregnant and parenting teens at Evergreen High School, will achieve those goals next week when they walk across the stage and accept their high school diplomas.As the teens wrap up their senior year, they’re also marking the end of their participation in the GRADS (Graduation, Reality and Dual-Role Skills) program at Evergreen, the magnet school for Evergreen Public Schools. The GRADS program not only keeps pregnant and parenting teens (male and female) in school, it teaches them about healthy pregnancies and babies, parenting skills, avoiding repeat pregnancies and providing for their families.last_img

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