For a population that continues to have the highest rates of teen pregnancies (Latina adolescent females ages 15-19 had the highest birth rate: 41.7 births per 1,000 adolescent females in 2013), there seems to be little conversations or programs geared to support young Latinas dealing with parenthood.
Young Latin@s have to contend with several conflicting yet pervasive cultural expectations, such as the tendency to discuss sex only in the context of marriage (if at all), the push Latina women to begin families earlier while stigmatizing them if — God forbid! — they happen to become single mothers. All of these create a complex dynamic that often leaves young parents isolated, vulnerable and without much needed guidance on becoming the best parents they can be.
This Tues., May 19th at 7pmET, I have the honor of hosting my #IamYoSoy coalition partners: Advocates for Youth, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity & Reproductive Rights, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the Hispanic Federation, and Voto Latino on an open and honest discussion with young #Latino parents to talk about their experiences and why it’s important to support young parents.
The national I Am/ Yo Soy campaign is dedicated to ending our community’s silence about sex education, birth control, abortion and young parenting. Please help us spread the word, support our efforts and, of course, watch the hangout! You can also follow the conversation and send your questions on hashtag #iamYoSoy.