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The Young Mom Summit Is Where Young Mothers Thrive

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For more information, visit http://youngmomsummit.com. The Young Mom Summit is just as it sounds: a one-day conference providing young mothers with access to community resources and giving them space to learn from other young mothers who have walked in their shoes. The first summit was held on the Kent State University campus in March 2014. The Summit is the brainchild of Tara Pringle Jefferson, the founder of the Northeast Ohio-based website, TheYoungMommyLife.com. Jefferson is a former student-parent who was frustrated at the lack of information about resources and support for parenting students. This exclusion has a cost: research shows that low-income student-mothers are three times more likely to drop out of college compared to their counterparts without children. Building off research from her Master's thesis, Jefferson created the Young Mom Summit to fill in the gaps for young mothers looking to improve their lives. The Summit is a multi-partner collaboration among community organizations that serve this population. Focus areas for the conference include mental health, financial literacy, and career guidance. The first event, based in Northeast Ohio at Kent State University, drew participants from three states. The Summit has garnered in-kind support from Fortune 500 companies and area institutions including Cedar Point, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.