I got pregnant at 17 and had my daughter at 18. Then I got pregnant again and had my son a month before my 20th birthday.
In the beginning, it was quite a scary time for me as I was so frightened about raising a child while still being a teenager myself. Then getting pregnant again I wasn’t sure if I was coming or going as my daughter was just seven-months-old.
It was a tough decision to have another baby especially as I was still getting used to looking after my daughter.
But I decided to turn my unplanned pregnancy into a positive, which was being blessed with another healthy child and this time being a boy.
To find out I was having a boy made me so ecstatic, very excited and happy to meet my son despite my circumstances of already having a young baby. Through my journey being a mother of two at just 20, I have been challenged a lot, but it has been a rewarding experience.
As time went by I started to value myself and see the situation for what it was and not for what I wished it could be. I finally took control of my life and didn’t let anything get in the way of the reality I had to deal with of being a single mum.
My project is appealing to young mums, to motivate them and show them they can achieve anything they set their minds too. Through my documentary film - which draws on experiences from my life - I hope to show other young mums they should ignore stigma, be themselves, and not listen to the idea of having a baby at a young age as being a burden.
I would like to thank Christine Edwards (19) and Haylee Smith-Kirnon (24) who helped with my Fixers project.
April 2014 I was interviewed for a piece about young parents in The Sunday Times. Click here to read the article.
I attended the Fixers Road Savvy Forum in London.
It brought together Fixers, politicians, road safety experts and representatives from the emergency services.
Transport Minister Stephen Hammond and former footballer and TV presenter Gary Lineker were among those there.
The day was split into two sessions. In the morning I took part in a workshop, discussing the key road safety issues facing young people today.
In the afternoon, a forum was held where politicians and road safety professionals were given the chance to put questions to a panel of Fixers.
Conclusions from the event are going to be presented to the Department for Transport in a ‘Fixers Green Paper’ as a contribution to the Government’s forthcoming Road Safety Green Paper.
Yvonne and TV presenter Gary Lineker at Fixers Road Savvy Forum
August 2013 I created a short video to show my strong support from Fixers, and the great opportunities they offer young people to make a change for the better. It was one of the best decisions I made, and that's why I want to encourage other young people to become Fixers!
I met with Nick de Bois, MP for Enfield North, to discuss how we can work to promote my project in my area and inspire young female parents to achieve their goals.
Following our meeting, Nick promised an opportunity to give London Mayor Boris Johnson a five-minute pitch about my project. Nick has also pledged to personally write to all schools in his constituency to recommend my presentation, and tweeted his support for my project to his 7,500 followers.
You can read a report about the meeting between Nick and I on his website by clicking this link.