The Woodland Public Library received a grant from the California State Library to host a series of life-skills workshops called “Skills for Teen Parents” or STeP.
STeP started in January with 6 young moms ranging in age from 17-20 and ended in May with an intimate graduation celebration. The moms participated in 10 workshops where they learned a wide range of skills from experts in the following fields :STeP Schedule Official.
The graduation ceremony started with a special guest speaker, Dr. Maria Armstrong, Superintendent of Woodland Joint Unified School District. Dr. Armstrong said she could not pass up on the chance to talk with the teen moms, as she was one herself. Her story, really resonated with the young moms and inspired them to believe in themselves.
After Dr. Armstrong spoke, each girl came up to speak about what they learned and enjoyed most about the program. While a few were shy, they spoke well and confidently about their experience and goals for the future. Here is an example of what a positive impact STeP has made for these young moms:
STeP is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian and the Friends of the Woodland Public Library and City of Woodland Measure J funds.
Thank you to our numerous community partners and sponsors: Woodland Joint Unified School District, Yolo County Adolescent Family Life Program, Yolo Center for Families, UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program, Empower Yolo, Travis Credit Union, Brian Pakpour Law, Yolo County Department of Child Support Services and UC Cooperative Extension.