Fantasia Barrino hit up Biloxi, Mississippi last week to offer words of encouragement to young single mothers. In January, the U.S. Center For Disease Control announced that Mississippi has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, with rates 60 percent above the national average. The 2nd Annual Saving Our Sisters Summit invited Tasia out to perform and speak to the teens about her experiences being a teenaged mom:
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It’s very important because I am a young mother and I’ve been through a lot of the things that these young ladies will go through. My thing is to try to get through to the young ladies who have not yet gotten to that point. To let them know that it’s very important to stay in school…get your education…prepare your life BEFORE you start to have children. Because it’s not easy out here and there’s lot of our young women having kids a lot younger than the age that I had my daughter.
So, if I could be a testimony to some of these young people and say to them “OK yes, I’ve overcame a lot of things, but it was tough and it was hard” before you get to that point just listen to your parents…get your education.