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Welcome to Bottles & Bookbags,
the support group for young mothers!

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Bottles & Bookbags, started in 1994 as a newsletter and resource center for teen parents. It began as a desire to help young mothers be better parents. When I heard that my youngest sister, India, was putting vanilla extract in her infant son’s bottle for taste, I knew that India was not alone in her parenting needs. I also know what it is like to be young, pregnant and afraid. What began as a local newsletter in Stone Mountain, Ga., Bottles & Bookbags grew to more than 1,000 subscribers across the country extending to Puerto Rico and Guam. However, due to financial challenges we were forced to shut down operations in 1997.

The overall mission of Bottles & Bookbags is to become a networking organization, support system and resource center for young mothers. We believe that through education, support, information, resources and spiritual guidance, young moms will make responsible decisions and contribute to a better society.

Each young mom will be paired with a mentor that serves to assist them with their needs. Pairing will be based on interests, personality assessment and needs.

Pregnant TeenTeen Facts

According to, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

  • “Some 52 percent of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager.”

  • “Parenthood is the leading cause of school dropout among teen girls.”

  • “Six in ten teens who have had sex say they wish they had waited.”

  • “One-third of girls in the US get pregnant at least once by age 20.”

  • “One-half of all pregnancies in the US are unplanned – about 3 million each year.”

  • “Nearly 80% of fathers of children born to teen mothers do not marry the mother.”


Message from the Director

Camille PeayI share these teen facts with you because I want you to know the statistics. I want you to know that these facts don’t have to be your truth. You have the opportunity to make your life into what you want it to be. You make the choices. You make the call. We, at Bottles & Bookbags, are here to help you make your dreams and desires to become your reality. With some hard work on your part and caring professional adults assisting you, together we can make “it” happen.

Lovingly,

Camille Peay

 

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