#VBGIVESBACK: Danika Charity
August 1, 2016
We are honored to support Alliance of Moms as part of our ongoing #VBGIVESBACK program and will be donating $10 of every VeronicaBeard.com order in August to the cause. Learn more about Alliance of Moms and Executive Director of Programs and Co-Founder Danika Charity in the Q&A below.
Where did the idea for Alliance of Moms come from?The five founders were in a mommy and me group together when our babies were just a few months old. We learned about the Alliance for Children’s Rights and their Pregnant and Parenting Teen program through one of our founders, Yasmine. Having initially bonded over all the challenges we faced as new parents we knew that we had to find a way to rally our friends and resources behind these teen moms who faced the same challenges without the resources or support.
Why is it important to provide this support to young girls and women in the foster care system?75% of girls in foster care are pregnant by the age of 21 and chances are 40% of their children will end up entering the foster care system in the first years of life. Like most of the mothers you know, these girls really want the best for their kids; but not having had adequate role models or the support they need, breaking this cycle is not an easy feat. If we can provide them with this supportive community and some of the resources that have been afforded us, I know we can have a lasting impact on so many of their lives.
“I watched my mom fight hard to make sure my brother and I had a different life than her own and I know that’s why I’m doing what I am today.”
What was life like for you growing up and how did your experience having a single teenage mother impact your views of motherhood and influence your work with Alliance of Moms?
My mother was 1 of 7, 5 of whom were teenage moms. I remember life being pretty crazy growing up. There were always lots of people around, we moved constantly. I lived in over 19 places by the time I was 5 years old. It wasn’t until I moved away from home at 16 that I realized that maybe this wasn't so normal. I got to see the breaking of a cycle first hand. I watched my mom fight hard to make sure my brother and I had a different life than her own and I know that’s why I’m doing what I am today.