Why We Exist

H.E.A.R.T.S., the only documented non-profit in the area that is currently addressing the need and implementing programming for teen parents ages 13-22.

H.E.A.R.T.S. exist to cultivate the development of young adolescent parents expecting or parenting from poverty to sustainability. ​​We address the risk factors associated with teen parenting through social, psychological, and academic development.

H.E.A.R.T.S. was created to provide stability during the gap of unmet need for resources and referrals. ​We are the only documented non-profit in the area that is currently addressing this need and implementing programming for teen parents. 

Implementation of effective initial teen pregnancy prevention programs is key in reducing repeat teen pregnancy rates.  The most successful programs that help reduce first pregnancies for teens combine sexuality education with youth development activities should be initiated for adolescents at a young age. The high rates of repeat teenage pregnancy paired with the growing gap in resources for minority populations create a need for H.E.A.R.T.S. in Durham, where there is currently no state-funded teen pregnancy prevention program.

Teen mothers and fathers desire to become the greatest that they can be, and H.E.A.R.T.S. is designed to Help Each Adolescent Reach Their Spark.

Why We Are Needed, Our Impact 

H.E.A.R.T.S., is based in and serving the community of Durham, NC.   

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Durham’s repeat teen pregnancy is at a rate of 18% and the city is ranked #44 in the state of North Carolina for teen pregnancy.  



Only 38% of teen mothers who have a child before 18 get their high school diploma. 



33% of males and 32.4% of females in high school are sexually active. 

One can easily see that the need for H.E.A.R.T.S. is there.  

Teen mothers and fathers desire to become the greatest that they can be, and H.E.A.R.T.S. is designed to Help Each Adolescent Reach Their Spark.  


H.E.A.R.T.S. has served 127 pregnant and parenting teenagers, between 2012-2019, impact over 270 family members.​


On average, we serve 11 adolescent parents per year.​


We have successfully graduated 45 senior participants, while being the only theory-based intervention supporting parenting and pregnant teens in Durham County, NC.


Helping Each Adolescent Reach Their Spark (H.E.A.R.T.S.) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that educates and equips adolescent parents with the tools needed to become independent and self-sufficient.

Email: hearts@heartsnc.org

Email: tameka.brown@heartsnc.org

Phone: 984-244-1715

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