March 19, 2011
Building an Ethical Organization
The organization of Young Teen Moms is new to the community and wants to reach out and provide a safe place for young moms. I take my new position as the director of the organization very seriously and want to share my input and values of what I think the organization can benefit from. I also would appreciate receiving feedback from every employee on new policies and how to reach out to the community.
The Young Teen Moms organization is a program that educates and provides young teen moms with the life tools to provide a healthy lifestyle. The organization gives free parenting classes, free baby cloths, meal planning, and counseling. Counseling services should be open to the father of the baby and also the parents of the teens. If feelings and emotions are not addressed and resolved that can only lead into anger and could be taken out on the child in the future. One of the major concerns is education and finishing school even after the baby is born and that is something we work with the school district closely. Outside of that particular program we also educate on how to prevent to pregnancy and of that does occur what choices a teen mom has in that type of situation. As an organization we decided not to support abortion options but will provide the information when requested and referrals of who they can contact. The organization is a nonprofit agency that puts our funding into classes, counseling and tools for the mothers in need. One thing we should start to pay attention to is the fathers of the babies that are born into the world. There is a lack of guidance that the community offered expected fathers to be and that should be something we address and become part of our process in reaching out. Ignoring an issue that might happen can only cause a snowball effect throughout a community.
Our mission statement shows exactly what our organization is focused on “We are a passionate advocate in education in reproductive health care, parenting, and family planning”. Our caring begins before birth through prenatal counseling and assistance and that continues through high school years even the beginning of college. Our mission statement supports our strong ethic values around family and community. Family is where it starts from having stability and love can create the biggest difference in how a young teen will represent them towards other and making good decisions. A family that has both parents in the home with a healthy relationship with their child that is open and honest has a better outcome of not being in the situation of a teen mother or dad. Parents should start early with honest, age appropriate conversations about love, relationships, values, and sex. Sitting your young teen in front of the TV and telling them to watch Teen Mom on MTV probably is not the best way to address concerns or educate your child. Yes it’s good for anyone that could find themselves in that particular situation to see how having a baby so young can change your life forever. That means maybe we need to step out of our own comfort zone and help the parents and provide classes on how to confront their child or help them make better choices. That is one direction that can be hard to overcome because of family values that are already set in place.
If the community is also involved with education and support its just one more step of prevention among teens. One statistic states that every year around 750,000 teenagers will get pregnant. That should be concern in each community and should be taken seriously but if families and organizations don’t unite together then that can only bring harm to our young teens. The good news is that teen birth rates have dropped by almost a third since the beginning of the 1990s. I do believe one of the reasons why is because of organizations like ours, it taking the issue...