Amanda Smith of York City YoungLives was used to gathering the teen moms she serves in large groups for weekly gatherings and parties. Then, in March 2020, COVID changed much of what she does. “Ministry is still going strong,” Amanda says, “of course it looks a lot different than it used to.” Since they can no longer meet in large groups, they gather in smaller numbers which gives, “an opportunity to get to know the girls more intimately,” Amanda adds.
YoungLives provides teen moms with support, encouragement and resources as they parent. COVID nearly doubled the number of moms that Amanda serves. “Because of the pandemic, they had nowhere else to go, so they showed up for things. It gave leaders a chance to connect outside of school.” Smith has been providing tangible items for the girls and transportation as well. During quarantine, Uber and buses were closed, so YoungLives staff and volunteers have been driving the girls and getting to know them better in the process.
Listen to Nadia, one of Amanda’s YoungLives attendees, talk about how her life changed after getting involved with YoungLives.
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