Online Book Club and Support Group for Pregnant Teens Receives United Way Social Innovation Grant



A new online book club and support group for pregnant teens and teen parents has received a Social Innovation Grant from the Tulsa Area United Way.

A grant of $5,000 was awarded to Alisa Bell of JAMES, Inc., of Tulsa, a start-up program that provides services to teenagers who are about to become parents. 

“This is the type of unique, innovative program that, with an initial financial boost, could make a large impact on the lives of teenagers raising their own families,” said Sharon Gallagher, director of community collaborations at the Tulsa Area United Way.

Each year, the local United Way provides Social Innovation Grants to non-profit organizations as well as individuals who propose creative solutions to stubborn social challenges.

The Teen Parent Book Club will be a comprehensive online forum for teenage parents, including a parenting skills curriculum, chat rooms for them to communicate with each other and free electronic and hard copies of books on teen parenting. Teens in Tulsa and across the nation will be able to access the program.

“We want to provide an easily accessible platform for teen parents to support each other as well as educate them on essential parenting skills,” Bell said. “They will be able to access the information from the privacy of their own homes and at their own pace.”

The online curriculum will include “Sweet as Pie, Tough as Nails,” a book by Paula Marshall-Chapman, CEO of Bama Pie Company in Tulsa, who was a teen parent and went on to lead a large private company.

The new program is expected to be launched in early 2017, Bell said. For more information, visit

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