Plymouth Partners with Town Hall 

January 9, 2018

 Plymouth Church UCC is excited to join forces again with Seattle Town Hall to celebrate Southwest Youth and Family Services in an important upcoming event, “It Takes a Village: Lessons from Teen Parents on Resilience and Community,” at 6 pm, Sunday, March 18 (doors at 5:30 pm). Ticket Price: $5, available at

Panel features a Southwest Youth and Family Services (SWYFS) social worker and two young women, former participants in SWYFS Family Resource Center programs for teen mothers. Both women are now doing well with their children, and are giving back to the community by working in social services themselves. 

This 75-minute program, including audience Q&A, event will: 

  • explore the challenges of teen parenting from perspective of two moms who experienced it and a social worker who supports teen parents at SWYFS
  • examine the role society plays in supporting and/or ostracizing teen parents
  • look at Washington State's teen parenting rates
  • examine what supports are working for young parents and what supports are still urgently needed in our state 
  • celebrate family in all its diverse forms
  • celebrate the resourcefulness and resiliency of the human spirit in general, and of young moms in particular


SWYFS Social Worker, Alyssa Weinfurtner has worked at Southwest Youth and Family Services since June 2016 as Young Parent Advocate, part of our Family Resource Center and Education Center. She holds her Masters in Social Work and has worked with youth and young adults for ten years.

Former teen Mom, Kayla Epting began her relationship with Southwest Youth and Family Services in 2006 as a participant in our teen parent GED program. She completed the program in less than a year and received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Kayla joined the board of directors, providing a critical voice of youth in our programs in 2015.

Former teen Mom, Paola Martinez was a student of Southwest Education Center’s Young Parent GED Program. She currently works at El Centro de la Raza providing human services support for their clients. She has a six-year-old daughter and is a leader within her community.

Moderator Kristin Leong is Town Hall's Community Programs Curator. She is founded, and is a former single mom herself. She thinks single moms and teen parents are some of the fiercest and most resourceful humans alive.

Plymouth will provide free childcare for this event. Email Meredith Carlson, with age(s) of child(ren) to reserve their spot(s). Space is limited; early reservations recommended. Free parking available in Plymouth garage, directly under the church building, garage entry off University St. between 5th and 6th Avenues. Additional parking in IBM garage, subject to weekend rates; garage entrance is next to the Plymouth's garage entrance on University between 5th and 6th Avenues. 





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