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Pregnant Girl

A Story of Teen Pregnancy, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families

Author: Nicole Lynn Lewis

“[T]his book is so much more than a memoir . . . . Her prose has the power to undo deep-set cultural biases about poverty and parenthood.”—New York Times Book Review

An activist calls for better support of young families so they can thrive and reflects on her experiences as a Black mother and college student fighting for opportunities for herself and her child.

Pregnant Girl presents the possibility of a different future for young mothers—one of success and stability—in the midst of the dismal statistics that dominate the national conversation. Along with her own story as a young Black mother, Nicole Lynn Lewis weaves in those of the men and women she’s worked with to share a new perspective on how poverty, classism, and systemic racism impact teen pregnancy and on how effective programs and equitable policies can help teen parents earn college degrees, have increased opportunity, and create a legacy of educational and career achievements in their families.

After Nicole became pregnant during her senior year in high school, she was told that college was no longer a reality—a negative outlook often unfairly presented to teen mothers. Nicole left home and experienced periods of homelessness, hunger, and poverty. Despite these obstacles, she enrolled at the College of William & Mary and brought her 3-month-old daughter along. Through her experiences fighting for resources to put herself through college, she discovered her true calling and founded her organization, Generation Hope, to provide support for teen parents and their children so they can thrive in college and kindergarten—driving a 2-generation solution to poverty.

Pregnant Girl will inspire young parents faced with similar choices and obstacles that they too can pursue their goals with the right support.
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“A frank, thoroughly contextualized portrayal of Black teen motherhood.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Told with empathy and nuance, Pregnant Girl is a remarkable and heart-wrenching memoir from an inspiring leader.”
Booklist

“[T]his book is so much more than a memoir . . . .Her prose has the power to undo deep-set cultural biases about poverty and parenthood. It should be required reading for every lawmaker who will vote on whether to make the current child tax credit permanent policy.”
New York Times Book Review

You will learn something important about race, poverty, and gender . . . And about how hope can win over adversity.”
—Soledad O’Brien

Pregnant Girl is not just a powerful memoir; it’s an empowering guide for all of us. Nicole Lynn Lewis shows us that all our journeys matter, and the beauty of those journeys is not just the destination but the lessons of the path. I would highly recommend this book to all.”
—Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood, author of The Other Wes Moore

“[Nicole Lynn Lewis] makes a compelling case for the multifaceted approach that is necessary to ensure that all young people—particularly our youth of color and young parents—are able to make the choice to pursue a college education, earn a degree, and lead thriving lives. . . . It is an approach that is deeply rooted in the belief and call to action that is core to this book—that all young people are worthy of an education, worthy of resources and opportunity, and worthy of our every effort to help them reach their potential and soar.
—Dr. John King, US secretary of education under President Obama

PART ONE: EXPECTING

CHAPTER 1
The First Bead

CHAPTER 2
Women’s Work

CHAPTER 3
Love Song

CHAPTER 4
Two Pink Lines

CHAPTER 5
Into the Dark

CHAPTER 6
Red

CHAPTER 7
Place

CHAPTER 8
A Soul Melting on Hot Pavement

PART TWO: THE URGE TO PUSH

CHAPTER 9
The Strength in Between

CHAPTER 10
All Good Things

CHAPTER 11
Freedom Dance

CHAPTER 12
Taking Shape

CHAPTER 13
Honors

PART THREE: CROWNING

CHAPTER 14
Inheritance

CHAPTER 15
Breech

CHAPTER 16
CEO

CHAPTER 17
Peace

Acknowledgments
Notes

Pregnant Girl

ISBN: 978-080705603-5
Publication Date: 5/4/2021
Size:6 x 9 Inches (US)
Price:  $22.95
Format: Cloth
Availability: In stock.
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