Meet Eve, Young Parenthood Programme Recruitment and Training Mentor
Eve is making a difference running peer education workshops on young parenthood
Eve, set up and runs Coram's Young Parenthood Programme, delivering peer education in schools on the reality of parenthood at a young age. She tells us more about herself, what she's proud of and her hopes for the future.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Eve Clarke, I am 26 years old. I found out I was pregnant when I was 17 and had my daughter Shylah when I was 18; she is now 8 years old. I facilitate on a peer education programme through Coram called “Young Parenthood” It comes under RSE/PSHE at secondary schools, colleges, PRU’s, and sixth forms. I and a group of other young parents deliver sessions in these provisions about our personal journeys and having our children under the ages of 25.
What do you like doing in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to go roller skating. There are skating events around London and abroad that I enjoy going to. I love taking Shylah out and booking activities for us to do with friends and family. I would say my absolute favourite things to do are to eat and travel! I enjoy cooking and trying out new foods. I like to help people and support where I can. Everyone who knows me, knows I love children and I'm often asked to babysit. I am very house proud and like to buy nice things for my home.
What are you proud of?
I am very proud of the Young Parenthood programme as it was started off by me and group of young parents in 2014 at Coram. There used to be a young parents drop in held every Wednesday and we said collectively it would be nice to tell pupils about our stories and pathways. I then had to do a speech for a pitch to the Camden Innovations Fund against other organisations, to run the programme for two years. Amazingly we won! And that’s exactly what we have been doing since and now in a paid role.
What are your hopes for 2019 and beyond?
I would love the programme to develop even more than it has. We already have added another programme called “Healthy Relationship’s and Sexual Health”. I hope that we can reach out to more young people and pupils and incorporate videos of more parents sharing their stories in our sessions. I would love Coram to bring back the young parents drop in as it helped me so much and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.
Things are only getting harder in our society and I managed to get through all my difficult times but nowadays it’s much more challenging. I hope that our programme spreads the word in a positive way and the young people and pupils make wise choices in their futures and remember us coming in and sharing our stories. We didn’t have this at school and I believe if we did a lot of things could have been prevented.