Smart Start helps teens reach goals

By: Staff report
Courtesy photo Angel Malloy, Mikayla Marshall, Talecea Green and Maleek McBryde made the trek to Raleigh for taking part in the Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families Adolescent Parenting Program, offered by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.

LAURINBURG — Four Scotland High School graduates traveled to Raleigh for a special graduation ceremony.

Angel Malloy, Mikayla Marshall, Talecea Green and Maleek McBryde made the trek to Raleigh offered by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.

Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families offers the Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families APP to assists teen parents and prenatal teens. The program offers home visits, group meetings and goes on field trips to encourage knowledge about their child’s development, pregnancy prevention, college information, family well-being, money management, and many other topics.

The county teens attended “The World Awaits” special event sponsored by TIPPI as graduates of the program. It offered different stations which had information and activities specific to different countries.

The program had 7 graduates, 5 are heading to college in the fall. while others are going right into the work force.

“These teen parents worked hard to finish their high school careers strongly and needed to be celebrated for their efforts.” said Jodi Anderson, SCPCF parent educator. Scotland County High School counselor, Megan Menius and TPPI team handed out certificates. The graduates also received Visa gift cards and many other gifts.

During the event special presenters, Omisade Burney-Scott discussed the importance of body autonomy and motherhood and Donna Washington told a story depicting a king and the importance in looking past first impressions to make better decisions, according to Benny Cox, Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families interim executive director.

“Congratulations to Angel, Mikayla, Talecea and Maleek for their participation in the event. Congratulations also to these young men and women, including Tynehsia McKinnon, Kellie Morris and Lequesha McNair for graduation high school Scotland County Partnership wishes you the best. We hope that these young adults are able to accomplish their dreams.” Cox said.

Courtesy photo Angel Malloy, Mikayla Marshall, Talecea Green and Maleek McBryde made the trek to Raleigh for taking part in the Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families Adolescent Parenting Program, offered by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_partnership.jpgCourtesy photo Angel Malloy, Mikayla Marshall, Talecea Green and Maleek McBryde made the trek to Raleigh for taking part in the Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families Adolescent Parenting Program, offered by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.

Staff report