Young mothers with Hope Academy give back to community

About 9 teen mothers volunteer at Children's Museum

Young high school mothers spent part of their weekend giving back to the community.

Local students enrolled in Hope Academy spent their Friday afternoon organizing and completing tasks at the Children’s Museum in La Crosse.   

Hope Academy is a program at the Family and Children’s Center that offers high school mothers the chance to earn their high school diploma while taking care of their babies.   

A social worker said giving back is just one of the life lesson’s these young moms learn on a daily basis.

“We want to instill in them to build a great community needs all of us, we can all give back and there is something that we all have to give,” said Dianne Range, a social worker with Hope Academy.

One young mother said if it wasn’t for Hope Academy she isn’t sure where she would be right now.

“When I first got pregnant, I was going to Bangor High School and I didn’t think I was going to graduate. Then I heard about Hope Academy and had more hope for graduating,” said Rebecca Fischer, Hope Academy.

About nine teenage mothers participated in the volunteering event.