Terra relies on volunteers, financial and in-kind donations to offer services and support our teen parents.
At Terra, our specialized team tailors programs and services to meet the needs of each teen parent. Always safe, never judgemental. Learn more about what we have to offer our young families.
When we think of ‘home,’ it often conjures up feelings of security, comfort, familiarity and a sense of belonging. When we meet with Terra alumni and they reflect on their experiences with Terra, this is what resonates for them: that Terra is a place of belonging.
An unplanned pregnancy at an early age is a life-altering event. Everything changes. Family members often struggle to support and accept this event, and friends, who suddenly have a lot less in common, grow apart. It can be a time of loneliness and despair. This sentiment hasn’t changed in 48 years.
As our participants grow into the role of being parents, they finish high school, secure jobs and move forward. Terra is but one stop in their life journey. Although it’s brief — maybe one to three years — alumni describe with great emotion the deep connection they still feel for Terra even many years later.
Over the past 48 years, Terra has touched the lives of tens of thousands of teen moms, dads and their children. With each alumnus encounter, we see the importance of our mission, empowering teen parents to succeed. We are proud of the role our alumni play as citizens in our community and the leadership role they assume serving Terra. Alumni have become Terra board members and Terra staff members. They are advocates and spokespeople for our mission. They are teaching in schools, managing corporations, employed in business environments and the human services sector, they are self-employed, and most importantly, they are raising strong, healthy children.
If you’re an alumnus, we encourage you to complete this form so we can keep in touch with you. If you know an alumnus, please pass this on to them. Terra is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, so this is a great time to reconnect. Our anniversary plans include hosting an alumni reunion, where we look forward to reconnecting with and strengthening our relationship with alumni. We’d love to stay in touch with you as plans unfold.
Pictured above: Alumna Dana Simmons speaking at the 2019 Promising Futures Fundraising Breakfast, with her mentor Sue Bell.
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