History
 

The idea for the Collective was sparked through conversations between Rochelle Williams and Benita Miller, when they worked together at the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division Brooklyn Office.

Since 2004, we have provided legal information and social services support to more than 300 young mothers and their families.

Both women were struck by the lack of developmentally - appropriate services and supports being provided to Brooklyn’s pregnant and parenting adolescents. In October 2004, Benita left Legal Aid and operating under the name The Brooklyn Child Care Collective, began teaching workshops to young mothers at the School for Continued Education, or the “p-school,” as many New Yorkers called.

Immediately, girls crowded the school’s tiny library and began to learn and share good information. The girls also began to explore ways to positively impact community life. Since 2004, we have provided legal information and social services support to more than 300 young mothers and their families. In January 2007, the Collective’s board voted to re-name us The Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective to better reflect our vision and mission.

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