CalWORKS teen

Sorry to ramble, I discovered this as my new assignment 48 hours ago – and I am excited and scared. I really want these students to think of their HS Diplomas as a small step to entering a real school, holding a well-paying job and leaving poverty forever. And frankly, I have never met anyone who went to UCLA or USC  and struggled afterwards.

This baby already knows she will go to college. Darla ♥'s Traveler and USC

 I will have pregnant and parenting teens ages 16 – 19 until they earn their high school diplomas. Ideally I will be able to guide them to meet the Freshman enrollment standards as outlined by local schools .  The only perk to being poor is that everything except for tuition will be paid for these students if they directly go to college (We, CalWORKS,  pay child care, transportation, books, class fees and materials), if they go to a JC their tuition will be waived under the BOGG2 – and FAFSA may take care of the rest.

 Having worked with the adults in this population – I discovered that no one ever expected these children to go to college or presented it as an option. No one has ever asked them what they want to do/be when they grow up.

 I am contemplating posting pictures of my more successful friends in their UCLA and other college sweatshirts, and buying pennants and mascots from all the local schools to decorate my cubicle.

 If you have any other information or brainstorms, feel free to share.

iCarly is Science Fiction. Poverty is Reality.

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iCarly, and Nickelodeon are teaching a generation of children as they sit in our homes watching television. We need to do some “homework” and watch  with the kids and make this a “teachable moment”.

As an adult, I find iCarly  appropriate for Adults  as a spoof of a kids show. As the occasional custodian of these two elementary school girls and parent to a teenager, iCarly puts me on high alert.

  • “Carly” has no parents in her home.
  •  She is smarter than almost all the adults in her life.
  •  There are no actual “kid” type problems in the storyline.
  • Carly’s best friend, Sam,  is a bully who has been arrested four times and placed in juvinile detention.
  • Carly doesn’t have a mentor or anyone she can ask for help in addressing issues in her life.
  • “Spencer”, the brother, is not a role model and more often than not is parented by Carly. His choice of friends includes someone who liked to spank him. His dating life is inappropriate and has included one of the kid’s teachers.

On a show without responsible adults, it is not surprising that the characters think homelessness, poverty, and hobos are a fun party theme.

Luckily, you and I can be the responsible adults attached to this show. Your child probably knows three or four children who live in poverty. Even affluent neighborhoods have students who are homeless.

Let us teach these children that iCarly is Science Fiction/Fantasy. I had this discussion with the girls regarding the Hobo Party (photos of which have seemingly been removed from the site- THANK YOU NICK!).

  •  These are not real children in the real world.
  • They don’t have the same problems that you and I did as kids, and their lives don’t resemble the lives of any children I know.
  • Carly, Sam, Freddie, Gibby and Spencer live in a world where there are no reliable adult figures.
  •  In iCarly’s world, Homelesness is Humor.
  • In our world Poverty, disability, and homelessness can happen to anyone and might kill them.
  • Carly can hop on a plane to go to a stranger’s home and no one stops her or mentions the danger of strangers,

In my home, we discuss what it means to go hungry because no one can buy food. We collect food for local service agencies, and even the baby has made it to a homeless shelter. We talked about dressing up as a hobo vs dressing up as a something scary for Halloween or a party. We talk about laughing in the face of their fears and what resources they would need if they were homeless.

 Let us teach them compassion. Help the children in your life to watch this and all shows with a skeptical eye that knows fantasy from reality.,

 iCarly can talk about missing parents. cheating on grades, adults who pee on themselves at their own wedding, being held hostage, labor wars with school kids and more like the time iCarly threw a theme party for hobos and hunger. You and I are responsible for where the conversation goes from there.

Nickelodeon has introduced our kids to CHARACTERS, we must be the Role Models.

————— but PS . Dearest Nickelodeon, I miss “You Can’t Do That on Television” where kids were slimed for saying “Can’t”. Can we have more shows for kids we=here they really are children with strong adult role models? If you need ideas – just ask.

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(re-edited when I was actually awake)

Living for two: Pregnancy among homeless teens is rising | For those who can’t afford free speech

A Portland agency notices the astounding number of pregnant and parenting homeless teens. The story of one young mother is told in this article:

Pregnancy Help Center of San Gabriel Valley

Teen or adult, pregnant or boyfriend/husband of someone who is pregnant, the Pregnancy Help Center is a great place to get referrals, someone to talk to and the basic furniture and baby supplies when you can not afford them.

Pregnancy Help Center of San Gabriel Valley . Services also in Spanish.

This is all from their site

 1(800) 395-HELP


clientsQ. Do I need an appointment to come in?
A. No. Walk-ins are accepted. We ask that you be here by 5:00 at the latest.

Q. Are your pregnancy tests free?

A. Yes, all the services we offer are no charge.

Q. Do you offer contraceptives?
A. That is a service we do not offer; however, we do have a lot of information on all of them and their side effects.

Q. Do you test for STDs?
A. We do not do STD testing on site, but do have local referrals that will be able to help you at little or no charge.

Q. How soon after I miss my period can I take a pregnancy test?
A. As early as 2-3 days.

Q. If I am pregnant, how soon can I get an ultrasound?

A. The earliest we can do an ultrasound is 7 weeks after the first day of your last period. The latest we can do a scan is 5 months after the first day of your last period.

Counseling Room

Caring counselors meet with clients in crisis in the Center’s comfortable counseling rooms. Our counselors are caring people who know what you are going through. We will help you find the resources you need for a safe, healthy pregnancy. We offer medical and legal referrals, free pregnancy tests, sensitive options counseling, on-going support, and more. All services are confidential and free of charge.

Free Services

  • Pregnancy tests
  • Ultrasound
  • 24-hour Helpline
  • Community referrals
  • Housing opportunities
  • Support groups
  • Lay counseling
  • Baby clothes and supplies distributed
  • Referrals for post-abortion counseling
  • Post Abortion Recovery Group: Call for days and times. (626) 309-0788.
  • Parenting Classes (in English and Spanish): Call for days and times (626) 309-0788.