When Ines Anita Rojas, 20, of Madera, gave birth to her daughter Isabella four years ago, she didn’t know how she would be able to stay in school and provide for her child.
But Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Teen Success Program helped her prioritize and visualize a path to achieve her goals.
Rojas just completed her first year of studies at Madera Community College while working part-time as a receptionist for First Five Madera County’s resource center and raising her daughter. She is determined to become a nurse.
“Having my daughter inspired me to try my best and not give up on my education,” she wrote on an application for the Morgan Scholarship, an award given each year to teen moms who stay in or return to school, maintain their current family size, and attend weekly Teen Success support group meetings for a year...