PEPS Group Leader Profile
Meet Jennifer Lyons
Hi, I'm Jen Lyons. I first got involved with PEPS in 2013, when I participated in a newborn group with my now 7-year-old. He was the youngest baby in our PEPS group, and when we attended our first group meeting, it was my first time out of the house alone with him. He was only 10 days old. I live in the Renton area, and back when I was a new mom, PEPS was just starting to gain momentum in my area, which meant that the moms in my group were from all over the place. To have our weekly meetings at each other's houses, we traveled with our newborns to and from Renton, Newcastle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, and Snoqualmie (we were nothing if not dedicated!).
After my wonderful experience as a PEPS participant, I became interested in becoming a leader, as well as working to support PEPS South Region Community Connector Polly Jirkovsky's goals of helping PEPS reach more parents in my area. I led a daytime newborn group in 2018 and just finished leading my second newborn group in April. PEPS has grown so much in South King County! In my most recent group, all of the moms lived within a 10-minute drive of each other, allowing them to better be able to support each other and stay connected
. Even though our group did half of our meetings online, it was clear to see how important the PEPS connection is for new parents. I'm so excited to see how much PEPS has expanded, and grateful to have been able to play even a small role in its success!
Way to go Jen!
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