The Single Mother’s Seminar is designed to give single mothers the tools and support they need to go out and become an architect of change – in their own life and in the world around them. This collaborative event connects single mothers with well-established government and community service partners who provide tools and resources for creating transformations leading to economic and emotional self-reliance. The need for continuing education and mentorship is highly encouraged. Additionally, we offer a safe place for women to discuss meaningful issues and share their own voice.
Women have a tremendous impact on family life and society. When women are happy, healthy, and financially stable, their families and community reap the benefits.
Yolaunda Monique Keith became a single mother eight years ago and began studying and researching body language mostly to heal herself and her four children. Yolaunda returned to school and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Family Life from BrighamYoung University with an emphasis in marriage and family. Ms Keith is the author of the book Reading Your Family Right, and has vast experience in training others the empowering impact of effective body language. This will be an evening you won't want to miss!
*WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE EVENT? This event is focused on helping single mothers become economically self-reliant by connecting them with tools and support provided by government programs and nonprofit organizations, and helping them obtain additional education and find better employment.
*WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND? The event is free. Single mothers in the Northern region are encouraged to attend. (Single fathers will not be turned away).
*DO I NEED TO PRE-REGISTER? No pre-registration is necessary.
*IS CHILD CARE PROVIDED? We are unable to provide child care. Please ask a family member, friend, neighbor, clergy, etc. to watch your child/children for the evening. You will benefit greatly from the information and time spent with agencies and other attendees.
• Single mothers represent 82.6% of all custodial parents.
• Single mother families are more likely to be affected by poverty than any other. For a single-parent family with two children, the average income required to be self-sufficient in Utah is $30,532.
• While only 10 percent of all families in the U.S. live in poverty, nearly 30 percent of single-mother families live in poverty.
• The average income for a single-mother family is $26,000 (lower than the average income for a single-father family). Though 77 percent of Utah single mothers work, many remain economically vulnerable. Thirty eight percent have an income of less than $20,000 a year.
• Single mothers often do not have the education or work experience needed to command a high salary.
There is ample evidence that one of the wisest decisions a low-income single mother can make to secure greater economic self reliance is to attain more education. Yet, the prospect of going back to school may prove to be overwhelming for many. Surveys indicate that the top barriers keeping single moms from going back to school are: Not enough money, not enough time, children need me, and/or fear.
Not Enough Money
There are a variety of financial resources available to help single mothers attend school and maintain their financial obligations simultaneously.
Not Enough Time/Children Need Me
A typical day for a Utah single mother begins at 6 a.m. Between commuting, working, house cleaning, preparing meals, and helping with homework, etc., they feel lucky to have an hour or two a day with their children, and even less time, if any, for themselves. Recent research shows, however, that single mothers who do return to school actually reported the same level of time with their children, the same level of parental satisfaction, and the same level of parental satisfaction as those who did not return to school.
Perhaps one of the most common fears of single mothers is that they are academically unqualified, have been out of school too long, or do not have the right skills to be successful in school. Studies indicate that they need not fear. Single moms are savvy, hard-working, and when given a chance and some encouragement, have the skills to succeed academically.
“This event has changed my life!”
“Your seminar was the beginning for us! I went to the event to support my daughter. Little did I know the vast amount of help it would be for me. It was amazing!”
“As an older woman, I was uncomfortable about attending the event, but when I got there I was amazed at the help I received.”
“I got a whole new perspective. The seminar gave me the boost I needed!”
“I liked the event so much. Just to get out of the house to talk to people who know how you feel is wonderful.”
“I had no idea so many agencies and organizations existed and stand ready to support and encourage me. Thank you for providing this seminar for us!”