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Sukran Sahin, Senior Reporter
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A teenage mother and young entrepreneur has developed a website to help other young parents exchange tips on good parenting.
Juvin Calmette, 19, was disappointed with the lack of Internet-based information and chatrooms for young mothers after giving birth to son Given two years ago.
She also found that there was very little advice about how to be a teenage mother, pay your bills and still get an education.
The main function of Young Mammas, which is the provisional name for the site, will be to bring together people with little experience in parenting, who may otherwise feel isolated from their peers.
Juvin, of Shortcroft Road, Dagenham, said: “After I had Given, life got tougher. I wanted advice on how to be a good mum and found there was very little out there.
“None of my friends had children, and so it was difficult to talk to them about what I was going through.
“It was this struggle that made me design a website where young mothers could share advice about bringing up a child as a teenager.”
She is also eager to improve the image of teenage parents and to help them make the most of their situation.
She said: “Some people say teenage mums will never be good parents but what is the point in attacking them?
“There will always be teenage parents and we have got to help them to become better parents.”
She applied for a grant to help with her start-up project, and received £500 to help design the site from UK Youth – a charity that helps young people to learn skills for life.
Last month, she received support from Youthsure – an organisation that provides insurance for youth clubs or youth organisations.
Her next plan for Young Mammas, which is due to go live within the next week or two, is to organise different activities where young parents can meet and share experiences.
Until then, Juvin is looking forward to a course in business administration at the University of Middlesex.
This article appears as part of the Post campaign Choose Your Future.
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