what is #noteenshame?
#NoTeenShame was founded in 2013 and became a nationally-recognized social movement by and for young parents to eradicate the stigma that negatively impacts our access to quality healthcare, education, and community support.
why a social campaign?
As young mothers, especially young mothers of color, we are often silenced, ignored and erased from current movements and previous history. A social, public, and visible movement decreased those odds and created space for people like us to feel seen and heard.
Seven young mothers from across the United States came together to improve conditions for young parents and their families. After years of being impacted by harmful policies and stigmatizing messages, we decided to push back against the narrowly framed falsehood that young parents are incapable, irresponsible, and unworthy of dignity and respect. As young parents, we know that politicians, media, educators, and healthcare professionals have unconsciously perpetuated stereotypes that harm our families. In exchange for the respect and dignity we deserve, we have committed ourselves to raising awareness around the rights of young parents, the true injustices facing young people today, and the need for access and choice.
We believe, honor, and uphold the frameworks of reproductive justice.
Jasmin Colon, Florida
Marylouise Kuti, New Mexico
Lisette Engel, Maryland
Consuela Greene, Massachusetts
Gloria Malone, New York
Christina Martinez, California
Natasha Vianna, California
Advocates for Youth, National Women's Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, United Nations of the United States, National Crittenton Foundation, Healthy Teen Network, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Forward Together, COLOR, Young Women United, URGE, and more.