The Archive
February 2018
Good Afternoon,

I hope this year has been prosperous for you. I also hope that you are staying safe and warm in this "winter wonderland" if you're in the Midwest.

In 2011, Advocates for Adolescent Mothers delivered our first Back to School Celebration. Preparation required many long hours and lots of hard work. As I headed to bed the morning of the event with few hours to sleep, I thought, "This is love". It was the first moment that I realized that my advocacy on behalf of young parents and their children is a manifestation of love.

Love is one of the most misunderstood universal concepts. Furthermore, many people rarely recognize the power of genuine love. Genuine love is the most powerful form of prevention. A child who experiences genuine love in a way that it is meaningful to him or her is less likely to make detrimental choices that negatively change their life trajectory. A girl who experiences genuine love in a way that is meaningful to her is less likely to conceive a child at an early age.

Many youth are not experiencing love in a way that is meaningful to them. Advocates for Adolescent Mothers shows love to the love-deprived girl who became a teen mother. It is not easy for many young mothers to accept the love that AFAM offers them, because they have created so many barriers in an effort to protect themselves from experiencing the pain of being hurt again. Breaking down these barriers in our work with young mothers is very challenging. Once we're able to break through these young moms' barriers, we can show them love and they learn to accept it. By impressing upon them the power of love, and teaching them to love their children in a meaningful way, their children are less likely to become caught up in a pattern of negative outcomes, which have their origins in lovelessness. Once young moms can accept our show of love, and they learn to love and appreciate themselves, they are more likely to value their future goals and delay subsequent pregnancies.

I know it sounds utopic, but love is the solution to many of society's current ills. Love is an amazing thing. I welcome your responses to my thoughts on love and its impact on youth if you feel inclined to reply to this email. Please continue to read on about some of our recent efforts to deliver love to families headed by young parents, and allow me to be the first to wish you a happy Valentine's Day.
Lillian Harris
Founder and President
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers
AFAM and Dangerous Curves Ahead 2018 Partnership!
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is excited to be partnering with  Dangerous Curves Ahead Charity Fashion Show & Women's Expo  this year!

Dangerous Curves Ahead (DCA) is a one-of-a-kind charity fashion event that fights homelessness while embracing the beauty in all women.

One of AFAM's young mom participants will be selected to receive a head-to-toe makeover and have the opportunity to grace the runway and show off her new look!

Learn more at https://www.dcachicago.org !

AFAM Athletics
AFAM Athletics was started in 2013 and we have since hosted teams running the Shamrock Shuffle and Women Rock , cycling Bike the Drive , beach volleyball games, bowling, and Pop-A-Shot tournaments.

Running for Prosperity , our distant run/walk team, will be walking and running the 2018 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle on March 25th. Please contact us if you are interested in fundraising to support our antipoverty mission by joining our team. The event has added the option to walk for those who are not fond of running. Donate here to support our Running for Prosperity team!

Our Bike the Drive Break the Cycle team is also seeking new members for the upcoming MB Financial Bike the Drive on May 27th. We are also seeking marathon runners to compete in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on AFAM's behalf on October 7th.
Facebook Photo Frames
AFAM is making great strides strengthening our social media reach and engagement.

If you're familiar with Facebook, you know that users now have the option to add photo frames to their profile pictures.

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers has frames available on Facebook to jazz up your profile picture and show your support of our antipoverty mission. As you review Facebook's profile picture frames you will discover that AFAM has more profile picture frames than any other organization! We will be adding even more frames to Facebook in the coming months--You won't be disappointed in the options!

We currently have two Valentine's Day themed frames available on Facebook. Click the image above to add the displayed frame to your profile picture or search "AFAM" after selecting the "Add Frame" option when updating your Facebook profile picture.

Mentor Opportunities
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is seeking mentors for the young mom college students in our Educational Empowerment Program. Young moms often need a dedicated adult in their lives who will lend an ear, encourage them, and celebrate their accomplishments. "It takes a village to raise a child", and we are seeking positive and dependable adults to add to AFAM's "village", making an impact in the lives of two generations of youth.

Please reply to this email to learn more about mentorship opportunities with Advocates for Adolescent Mothers.

Amazon Shopping = AFAM Donations
Did you know that your Amazon purchases can equal donations to AFAM?

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is a participant of the  AmazonSmile  program. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Every item available for purchase on Amazon is also available on AmazonSmile at the same price. 

Use this  link  each time you shop on Amazon and Amazon will donate to Advocates for Adolescent Mothers!

Thank you for your continued readership of AFAM's The Archive !
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