I recently had the honor of hosting New York based mentor organization Youth At Risk‘s first annual Phenomenal Mother’s Bruncheon, a tribute to teen mothers. Special honorees included Emily Bustamente from VH1’s hit reality show Love & Hip Hop, who gave an impassioned speech about making it as a young mom. It’s truly refreshing to see Emily shine away from the television cameras and speak from the heart on the sensitive topic of raising a child as a teenager (she had daughter Taina at 16) and chasing a career in fashion at the same time.

For more information on Youth At Risk’s “Woman 2 Woman” program, please visit www.nyyouthatrisk.org.

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