Date: May 7th, 2014
By: Alex Eisler
Pregnant and parenting teens are extremely motivated to offer their children a good life, and with the right supports, they can be successful adults and parents. Healthy Teen Network’s new infographic, “Picture Perfect: A Snapshot of What Helps Teen Families Grow & Thrive,” illustrates the diverse and unique needs teen parents have with growing up and building a healthy family.
The “Picture Perfect” infographic was designed by Cheri Gilmore, who is a former teen mom, in partnership with Healthy Teen Network Training and Technical Assistance Manager, Alexandra Eisler. Cheri volunteered for this project through Catchafire, a skills-based volunteer matchmaking service for nonprofit organizations. Cheri was drawn to Healthy Teen Network because, she explained, “I understand and value the importance of vital resources this organization provides in the support of young families.”
The content in the infographic draws on the best practices and research described in the Healthy Teen Network publication A BDI Logic Model for Working with Young Families Resource Kit. This infographic can be shared electronically or printed as an 11”x17” color poster.
More About Cheri Gilmore
Originally from Festus, MO Cheri enjoys photography, graphic arts, cooking, jewelry sales, and, of course, spending time with family and friends. She is a former teen mom, residing with her husband Mark in Festus with their children, Kayla, 25, Kyle 23, and Draven 8. They also have two grandchildren Ellie, 4 and Rocco, 1.
About the Author
Healthy Teen Network Manager, Capacity Building & Evaluation, Alex Eisler, MPA, is a creative and innovative champion for adolescent health and well-being. Alex’s experience in resource development, instructional design, management, training, and delivering capacity-building assistance (CBA) across the U.S. has enabled her to develop nuanced and inventive approaches to meet the sexual, reproductive, and social-emotional needs of adolescents, including teen parents.