When Brianna found out she was expecting, she didn’t want to tell her mom or grandmother. As a high school senior, she knew most teen parents drop out of school, and Brianna did not want to become a statistic. She knew she had to finish school, and that to do that, she would need help.

Thankfully, Brianna was connected with the United Way Family Center at Benjamin Franklin High School in Brooklyn-Curtis Bay. The center provides free services such as parenting seminars, financial education and job readiness to expecting and new parents in ninth through twelfth grades, plus quality early learning for their children. The goal is to help students get the support they need to stay in school and graduate.

Brianna is incredibly grateful that her daughter was so well cared for at the center, and she’s excited about starting fresh, attending college and becoming a nurse someday. With the support she received from United Way, she’s well on her way to self-sufficiency and a bright future.

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