The mission of Teens With Dreams is to help teenage mothers,ages 13-19, build and maintain the confidence they need to become successful mothers by providing a community of support, guidance, and encouragement.
Teens With Dreams pairs a long term volunteer mentor with a pregnant or parenting teen to provide support to her and her child for no less than six months. The mentor and the teen mother work to achieve at least 2 personal or professional goals. During this time they may attend support groups, Early Childhood/Family Education classes, or other social/educational events facilitated by Teens With Dreams. The mentor/mentee relationship is designed to provide our teen moms with an opportunity to develop new parenting skills, gain access to resources, and break the cycles of victimization and poverty.
We provide ongoing support for mentors through regular contact with program staff and monthly meetings. The youth involved in our programs are at risk pregnant or parenting teen mothers aged 13 to 19 years old. We believe in the potential of teen parents.
Are you a teen mom? Click here to register for our mentoring program.
My name is Jocelyn Lowe and I am the Founder & Executive Director of Teens With Dreams. Motherhood began for me at age 16. By 23 I was mom to 5 beautiful children: Diavonta, Dashante, Deonta, Desaun & Diaja. After I had my first child no one believed that I would succeed..but I believed in myself.
I attended VA Randolph Community High School. Shortly after graduating high school I began attending a local community college and resided in one of the city's housing projects. Most would see this as a setback but I saw it as an opportunity to build a strong foundation for my children. After 7 long years I finally received my Associates degree in Early Childhood Development. In the past several years I have started an in home child care center, a motivational clothing line, and became a successful hairstylist, achieving a level of success that many thought impossible for young mom of 5.
I founded Teens With Dreams because I want to show teen mothers that they can achieve anything they desire. My personal experience has shown me that teen parents need a special type of support often not found with friends and family. It is my vision that Teens With Dreams provide determined young parents with the emotional and financial support they need to accomplish their personal and professional goals.