Congrats MCAP Grads!

More than 100 friends, family, and supporters all came together on the evening of Thursday, June 23rd to celebrate the 2016 graduating class of the Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents (MCAP), a program of Child & Family Resources. Held at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, the event celebrated the achievements of 15 young moms who showed courage and determination in completing their high-school education, learning life skills and healthy parenting skills, and preparing for college and career.

Interim Program Director Wendy Puga welcomed guests to the special occasion and introduced former MCAP Program Director Joy Leveen to take the stage. In candid and sometimes humorous fashion, Joy confessed that she had no grand words of wisdom to impart on the graduates – rather that they were already an inspiration to so many, and for them to never give up on their goals. 

One by one, a handful of students took to the stage to share how much the MCAP program had meant to them, but each choked back tears, barely getting a few words out. Their deep gratitude and sincerity could be felt throughout the room. With more heartfelt remarks by Jocelyn Dustan, MCAP’s Instructor, and Tabitha Fisher, Director of MCAP’s Early Learning Center, the ceremony finished strong with the moving of the tassels and roaring applause.

Congrats to this year's graduates

Denisse Acosta
Emeli Bautista
Destiny Branch
Kristal Casas
Jessica Castillo

Jocelyn Castillo
Kaylanna Etsitty
Keniarely Gamez
Marisol Garcia
Erica Higgins

Arlin Lepe
Cristina Lopez
Breanna Skenandore
Esperanza Traslavina
Marisol Valencia

Thank you

The special evening wouldn’t have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Fry’s Food Stores and the donation of photography by Jim and Elena Thornton.

We’d also like to recognize the valuable support of the many corporations and individuals who have helped the MCAP Program change young lives for over 22 years. They include APS, the Helena Harvey Endowment via Arizona Community Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, TJX Foundation, Walmart, IntelDiamondbacks Charities, Valley Anesthesiology Foundation, Phoenix Rotary 100, National Association of Women Business Owners Phoenix Chapter, Women’s Enterprise FoundationFirst Things First, Thunderbirds Charities, City of Phoenix Community Development Block Grant, and the Arizona Child Abuse Prevention License Plate Fund.

Congratulations to our 2015 MCAP Graduates

On Thursday, September 17th, 2015 a group of young mothers proudly moved the tassels on their graduation caps, marking a huge milestone on their lives: earning GEDs! In 2015, 15 young women passed their GEDs after working with us at Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents. While not all of the graduates were able to attend the ceremony, the intimate event was a special occasion, full of flowers, tears of joy, cake, and pride. 

Open to young mothers ages 16-21,  MCAP is a comprehensive program providing GED preparation, Parenting Education, and Life Skills program. While students earn their degrees and plan for your future success, MCAP provides free, on-site child care in our licensed, nationally accredited childcare center.

MCAP is the reason many these moms can earn the education they deserve. As one participant put it: "Not many of us have the income or resources to go to an ordinary GED prep class and pay for it. The fact that we’re given free classes and free child care on-site makes me forever grateful. It gives us more of a chance at becoming something great in life. Without free classes and free child care, we would probably be the typical teen mom statistic who is a high school dropout with no job. What MCAP provides makes us want to make everyone proud. It also motivates us to become successful for our children."

Congratulations to the young women who worked so hard this year to graduate! Anna, Jennifer, Gabriella, Melissa, Shavon, Desirae, Naomi, Jennifer, Madison, Shannon, Maria, Marisol, Michelle, Grace, and Olivia!

Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents is made possible by the generous support of: Arizona Child Abuse Prevention License Plate FundFirst Things First Quality First Child Care Scholarships, Helena Harvey Endowment, Maine Foundation, Rio Salado CollegeThunderbirds CharitiesTJX FoundationValley Anesthesiology Foundation, and WalMart. We would like to thank our generous sponsors who helped make it a special day for our graduates: Wal-Mart - Richard Mart and Phil Barber; Fry’s - Alan King, Dennis Nathan, David Lee, and Charles Shepard; and Safeway - Rick Albers and Marcia Beck.