Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of Christ
When Karyne found out she was pregnant at 15, she abruptly stopped coming to New Hope’s teen program. She wouldn’t return calls or texts.
“I didn’t feel like I was good enough to come back,” Karyne said, choking back tears, as she shared her story on-stage at our Hearts of Hope Fundraising Dinner.
“When I told Amy [the group leader] that I was pregnant, I immediately started crying and she looked at me and said ‘It’s okay’ and hugged me... Looking back, I feel that telling Amy was symbolic of how I felt towards the whole world knowing. Even though it was not the ideal time for it, I should not be ashamed of the baby I was growing inside me.”
It was not easy having a newborn in the 10th grade. Karyne persisted and continued to attend New Hope Teen Leaders. She recently graduated high school and will soon start her freshman year at John Jay School of Criminal Justice!