Teen Parents Get Help From “Unlikely” Source
CBAA California Bail Agents Association
The Voice of California’s Bail Industry
POMONA, CA – Even in this down economy, Los Angeles County bail bond owner Gloria Mitchell understands the importance of giving back to the community – which is why for the past eight years she’s sponsored scholarships for Teen parents Excelling through Adversity (TEA), and is hosting a special event this Sunday, March 18 at the Industry Hills Expo Center for this worthy cause.
“No high school student dreams of becoming a teen parent, but it happens – and this program is designed to help them understand that one of their new responsibilities as mothers and fathers is to provide the best life possible for their children and themselves, and that higher education can be a tremendous help,” said Mitchell, who owns and operates Gloria Mitchell Bail Bonds in Pomona. “Some people find it off for a bail agent to have a heart for teen parents, but we’re in the business of responsibility – ensuring defendants take responsibility to their actions, and finding them a network of family support. That’s exactly what these kids need, too. It’s not a stretch – it comes as natural to me as breathing.”
The TEA program was created for teenage parents enrolled in the Cal SAFE program in public high schools throughout the San Gabriel Valley and has reached 15 high schools to date. Mitchell coordinates the TEA program with Soroptimist International Puente Hills.
WHAT: Event to support Teen Parent Scholarships – featuring moving testimony by scholarship recipient
WHEN: Sunday, March 18 12pm–3pm (Teen Parent speaks – 12:15-12:45pm)
WHERE: Industry Hills Expo Center, 16200 Temple Ave., Avalon Rm, City of Industry