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Young moms focus on finishing school

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Dozens of high school student moms spent the day learning the importance of post secondary education. 65 of the teen moms toured Albany State University today as part of the Focus on Finishing program.

The student-mothers heard from ASU students, visited the new dorms, and the Early Learning Center. The Focus on Finishing program helps teen parents deal with everyday challenges, and encourages them to graduate from high school and go to college.

Ausha Jackson, who founded the program, hopes to be a good example. She said, "I think that this is a way for me to be able to reach back and encourage these girls with a personal story, a personal testimony that it is possible to finish school and to be successful and to be a wonderful parent, at that."

Cashayla Benjamin said, "Without an education or without focusing on finishing, then you wouldn't have anything, you wouldn't grow up to be nothing, you would be a nobody that no one could depend on."

Diamond West said, "Without an education, I wouldn't be able to take care of my child. That's why it's important to me." The program also provides life skills, such as goal-setting, career planning, and time and money management.

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