When De’Janae Simpson learned she would become a mother at the age of 16, she had many emotions running through her head.
“I was scared,” De’Janae said. “I didn’t know how I was going to raise a baby when I was still a baby myself.”
De’Janae had recently enrolled at Indianapolis Met and she felt comfortable turning to one of her instructors for guidance.
“My teacher referred me to a friend of hers who was starting a group for teen moms that meets weekly to support each other,” De’Janae said.
De’Janae was also referred to Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership®, a program that pairs low-income, first-time moms with a registered nurse. While pregnant, De’Janae received home visits from her nurse, Angie Lazaro, who helped De’Janae prepare for her baby.
“She was like another friend to talk to,” De’Janae said. “We had different topics to discuss every week, and she wouldn’t judge me about anything.”
Nurse Angie visited De’Janae in the hospital after she gave birth to her daughter, Za’Nyla. She will continue to visit De’Janae until Za’Nyla turns two, teaching her about infant development and other healthy lifestyle techniques.
Now a senior, De’Janae feels she can conquer anything. She is doing well in her classes, maintaining a 3.5 GPA, and participates in girls volleyball.
“At Indy Met, I have the support and flexibility to help me pass my classes,” De’Janae said. “The teachers here will do everything in their power to help me graduate.”
De’Janae plans to graduate in spring 2018. She plans to take advantage of Indianapolis Met’s college visits and explore undergraduate options throughout the remainder of the school year.