El Paso, TX — An Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) program designed to help teen parents stay in school and graduate has received a $10,000 boost in funding this year, courtesy of a grant from the March of Dimes, Texas.
March of Dimes officials say they are helping fulfill their mission to prevent birth defects and infant mortality by providing the $10,000 grant to YISD's Teen Parent Program, which helps school-age parents graduate from high school, reduce the number of students who drop out of school because of pregnancy or parenthood, and recover young parents to an educational setting.
The grant will support YISD in providing "Becoming a Mom" prenatal health education classes to pregnant teens in order to improve their pregnancy health outcomes.
YISD officials are thankful for the March of Dimes continued support of their Teen Parent Program.
"We found that many of the premature births here in El Paso County are due to lack of education on prenatal health, and how important it is for a mom to wait to give birth till at least 39 weeks of gestation unless medically indicated," said Liliana Oaxaca, Program Services Coordinator with the March of Dimes/El Paso Division.