Teen Parents Mentoring Teens


POSTED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 5:51pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 7:44pm

Teen parents are talking about the birds and the bees to other teens because they know, it's not always easy listening to adults.

Al Velarde is the Executive Director of the Child Crisis Center and he says the program is working.

"The truth is the kids quite frequently will turn their parents off, but when the message comes from another kids the message is real," Velarde said.

El Paso is the second city in the nation to adopt the "No Kidding, Straight Talk from Teen Parents" program.

Arturo Serrano had two children by the age of 19 and he's giving back by sharing his story.

"I had a really dumb attitude back in high school of I'm not going to be a statistic and everything can happen to anyone except me," Serrano said.

Arturo says he doesn't regret having kids, but life hasn't been easy for him.

"I went from being a 17 year-old and living the life of a 17 year-old to living life of a 27 year-old and I'm never going to be able to make up for that time. Those things are things that are gone. All the going out and the partying hanging out with friends is gone," Serrano said.

He says being a teen parent isn't fair for his kids.

"During the birthdays we usually buy them a cake, we usually buy them something small but, I wish I could throw them this big birthday party and I wish I could take them to Disnleyland during the summer. I wish I could do so many things for them and give so much, but unfortunately I cant," Serrano said.

The program doesn't promote abstinence or give any sexual education. They just want kids to see clearly see the consequences of their actions.

"To prevent child abuse in this community we want to encourage kids at this young age to delay parenthood until they're ready," Velarde said.

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