My YPI Experience
This year in history we did a social issue project. Working with a group called YPI, each class broke up into groups and chose a social issue to find out more about and present it to the grade for a chance to win a $5000 grant for our non-profit. My group chose teenage pregnancy because we were all keen to work with children and on an issue that impacted the NYC community greatly. The organization we worked with is called Covenant House. It is a small but national, Catholic organization that helps homeless youth. We looked further into the Mother and Child Program that Covenant House have. During our site visit to Covenant House, we saw all the amazing work that they do. Firstly, the girls are very safe in the house where they stay. They are all there with their child/children for only about a month, but everyone still knows everyone. The girl that took us on the tour of the building kept stopping and saying hi to all the mothers and their terribly sweet children. We learnt an incredible amount from the interview we had with Renatta, the head of the Mother and Child Program. We then took all the information and the experience that we had with Covenant House and made a presentation to teach everyone about teenage pregnancy and how teenage mothers need a huge support system that most do not have.
For me, the most challenging part of this project was to convince the audience that we had how serious teenage pregnancy is. Throughout all of our work, we all came so passionate about our project and we wanted everyone to join in and feel the same way. During our presentation, against all of the other groups, the toughest part was saying why Covenant House is so important and why teen pregnancy is such a prominent issue. On the flip side, spreading our knowledge for teen pregnancy and our organization was extremely rewarding. Simply knowing all the information made me so excited to be apart of something that I really think everyone can help. Despite how sad the social issue is, it is so fulfilling to be able to spread the information and be so passionate about something. The YPI project was an amazing experience and I really hope that I can help and spread the message of Covenant House more in the future.