Kasey Shaver, Youth Development Coordinator, has worked at Catholic Charities in the North Star Youth Partnership program since 2007. North Star engages youth ages 11-18 through educational, recreational, leadership and service-learning opportunities. Kasey is an instructor for Baby...Ready or Not and Safe Sitter, as well as the coordinator for Teen Maze.
A newborn can be a bundle of joy, a promise of new life. But motherhood can also come with life-changing responsibilities, especially for teens. Most teens don't realize how it would affect their lives financially, socially and physically if they were to become pregnant.
A misconception exists that dating violence only affects adults. However, unhealthy dating behavior can begin at a young age and continue into adulthood. As teens gain independence and spend more time communicating online, the signs of dating violence aren’t always obvious.