In a celebration of family, resourcefulness, and the resilience of the human spirit, Town Hall is thrilled to partner with Southwest Youth and Family Service and Plymouth Church United Church of Christ for a panel of success stories of teen parents. We’ll hear from a panel with one SWYFS social worker and two young women who were former participants in SWYFS programs for teen mothers—and are now giving back to the community by working in social services themselves.
With the help of our moderator, Town Hall’s own Community Programs Curator Kristin Leong, the panel will discuss the challenges of teen parenting, examine the role society plays in supporting (or ostracizing) teen parents, and explore which forms of institutional support are working for young parents and which forms are still urgently needed in our state. Join us for a critical (and often overlooked) conversation and a celebration of family in all its diverse forms.
Alyssa Weinfurtner serves as a Young Parent Advocate for Southwest Youth and Family Services. She has her Masters in Social Work and has worked with youth and young adults for the last decade.
A former teen parent herself, Kayla Epting began her relationship with Southwest Youth and Family Services in 2006 as a participant in the Young Parent GED program. She completed the program in less than a year and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Kayla is now a proud member of SWYFS’s Board of Directors.
Paola Martinez was also a former teen parent and participant in Southwest Youth and Family Services’ Young Parent GED Program. She now works for El Centro de la Raza providing human services support for clients. She has a 6-year-old daughter and is a leader within her community.
Jordan Alam is Town Hall Seattle’s 2018 Inside/Out Resident representing Hillman City and Columbia City. Jordan a writer, editor, doula, and social change educator who grew up at an intersection of Bangladeshi American, Muslim, queer, and femme identities. Her work focuses on social forces such as poverty, racism, and trauma, and finding ways to articulate how those experiences live in our bodies and shape the course of our lives. Jordan urges us to engage with subtle moments of transition and transformation in our own lives and the lives of others.
Kristin Leong is Town Hall’s Community Programs Curator, she is the founder of RollCallProject.com, and she is a former single mom herself. She thinks single moms and teen parents are some of the fiercest and most resourceful humans alive.
Southwest Youth & Family Services is a leading resource for low-income families and at-risk youth in Southwest King County. The organization’s core purpose is to advocate for equity and increase knowledge so families in the Seattle community can thrive. Their mission is to partner with youth and families to transform their futures. They offer education, counseling, youth and family development services, all within a secure, stable environment.
Plymouth Church United Church of Christ is a multi-generational congregation, offering youth and family programs and vibrant partnerships with Seattle’s various communities, providing a vital, urban neighborhood resource.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle, Plymouth Church United Church of Christ, and Southwest Youth and Family Services present as part of the Civics Series.