Each teen mom who participates in a Teen Mother Choices (TMC) program is paired with a Christ-following wife and mother who serves as her mentor. The role of a mentor is one of the cornerstones of the TMC program and what distinguishes us from other social services. Where other programs may offer mentorship, TMC encourages its mentors to become their teen mom’s “point of contact” within the program. If there’s ever a need or concern, the teen mom should contact her mentor for help and encouragement. The mentor is actively involved in the setting goals process, meeting with the financial counselor, participating in monthly Mentor Meetings, attending weekly Lifeskills Workshops, and most importantly, pointing the teen mom to Jesus.
TMC is all about relationships. Through Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, God provided us with a means to have a relationship with him. Our role, as his ambassadors, is to share the gospel and live out our faith before others. TMCI trains Program Directors to launch a program that emphasizes building relationships with volunteers, the community, prayer partners, donors, and their governing body. They also offer ongoing support and encouragement once a program is established. The Program Director, in turn, is responsible for pouring into their mentors spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally so the mentors can pour into their teen moms. If one of these interconnected relationships is lacking, the ripple effect is felt in other areas.
The monthly Mentor Meetings offers a space for mentors to share their prayer requests, struggles, and praises with each other. It’s also where the Program Director can redirect the mentors’ focus to God’s bigger purpose in their lives and TMC. The mentors are on the front line of ministry and their words, actions, and lives communicate the Hope, Purpose, and Future they have in Jesus Christ to their teen moms. TMCI has recently created a Mentor Journal as a tool to assist mentors in building a relationship with their teen mom. The journal offers space for the mentor to write down prayer requests and concerns, capture significant milestones, and be reminded of how God is at work. The journal also provides encouragements through God’s word to address common issues that may come up between a mentor and her teen mom. We believe and stand on the truth of 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “ All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (NIV) God will do the work of drawing a teen mom to himself and rescuing her from darkness to light. It is our responsibility, as Christ followers, proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and share the truth of scripture whenever and wherever we can.