Happy Mother's Day

This coming Sunday is Mother's Day! For this week's post we have a guest writer from Queen's Academy, the teen mom program through Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. Queen's Academy provides a faith-based, education focused, transitional housing for young women with children. The program includes case management, child care assistance, mental health counseling, career planning and educational support. Yasminda Dorrough is the Program Administrator and shares a poem from one of the guests, Aliah:

A Promise of a Mother

I became a mother at the age of sixteen, this was not what I dreamed.

Now I have faced the responsibilities to proceed and raise a young King.

With all tenacity he looks up to me, the kind of man I want him to be?

A man to break the cycle of poverty.

A man to supercede his father’s being.

A man to have faith in the divinity.

I pray he’s better than I could ever be.

I pray that he’s wiser than me and make the right choice accordingly.

I was there when he took his first steps, it was quite impressive how great life could get.

Watching him sprout, my faith in his future I have no doubt.

The best blessing that I’ve had is raising you, I’m so glad.

You helped me realize the things I did that were so bad.

To change my ways, I look back now where I stand, understand that God had better plans.

I put all my hope in Him to raise you the best I can, I pray you grow to be a wise, thoughtful and caring man.

A Promise of a Mother

-Aliah O.

The Promise of a mother is a peek into the heart of Aliah O. a single teen mother raising her 1-year-old son. If we take the time to listen closely, we’ll hear the Promise of a Mother ringing in the hearts of young impoverished mothers across the city. Mothers yearning, praying and hoping for the opportunity to give their children a chance at life. Here at the Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission’s Queen’s Academy we thrive to equip young mothers with the tools to creating a healthier life. Queen’s Academy is a 15-month housing program centered around education, career goals and life skills to launch young mothers and their children into their best future.

-Yasminda Dorrough

If you'd like to send a note of encouragement to Yasminda or Aliah, please email here. Happy Mom's day to all moms, from all of us at Light Up the City.

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