A Family Success Story

Bethany became pregnant her junior year of high school. By the time she was 20 weeks pregnant, Bethany already knew that her baby would face serious medical issues. Bethany’s baby was born in September, 2016 and endured multiple surgeries and hospital stays after that. In fact, mom and daughter spent the next four months in and out of the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill, NC.

Throughout this journey, Bethany stayed in school and completed her requirements for graduation with the support of the high school staff, family, friends, and the Adolescent Parenting Transitions (APT) Program (a United Way of the Greater Triangle funded collaborative partnership). As a result of Bethany’s hard work and perseverance, she was accepted into Campbell University and will begin this fall as a Pre-Med student. To assist with the costs of college, she applied for, and was awarded a scholarship funded by the APT Collaborative.

About the Johnston County Adolescent Parenting Transitions Program
APT provides services and support aimed at helping to transition adolescent parents in their senior year of high school into college/career and adulthood.

The collaborative:

  • Provides parenting education and support to adolescent parents in effort to decrease the likelihood that the 2nd generation will become disconnected youth.
  • Provides workforce development services and college/career preparation to increase likelihood of sustaining wages as an adult.
  • Promotes educational achievement and post-secondary educational opportunities in conjunction with school system staff, local community college, and university admissions staff.
  • Develops workforce connections throughout the community to provide career exposure and experience.
  • Facilitates leadership development opportunities through volunteer and community activities, peer mentoring, and peer leadership.