EARN WHILE YOU LEARN is based on a simple belief that providing useful knowledge and aid to those in crisis pregnancies is a vital part of a successful PRC. By teaching the skills a young woman needs along with supplying items that can help her become a successful mother, EWYL empowers PRCs to offer a real and meaningful choice to those who choose life. The program also builds relationships, gives real skills that will impact generations, and creates openings for the counselor to share Christ. EWYL is not just curriculum, it is a way of making real and permanent changes for the good of the client and the center.
A Hand UP...
EWYL was designed from the beginning to change the paradigms for a generation that has grown up on hand outs. Instead of giving away items to anyone who asks, the EWYL program allows the client to "earn" the items through learning how to be a better parent. This double-pronged method gives value to the items given away while imparting knowledge that will ultimately prepare clients to be responsible and able mothers to their children. Plus, hundreds of centers have found that their clients have a sense of pride and accomplishment in the work they are doing and how their parenting is improving.
How It Works
The concept is simple. When a client completes a lesson, they are rewarded with "Mommy Money." When they return their homework, they receive more. They are then able to "shop" in the PRC Mommy Store for items they need. The store is normally stocked with donations of diapers, clothes for the baby and mother, cribs, new car seats and more. Many moms save their money for larger items and may even bring their husbands or boyfriends with them to learn and earn even more (this was the beginning of our Fatherhood Program).
Why it Works
EWYL works because it empowers both the clients and the volunteers. The volunteers are able to create relationships, impart wisdom, provide for needs, and make a lifelong impact on the clients. This success in the volunteer/client relationship creates volunteers who know that their work is important and understand that they are making a difference.
EWYL works with clients because the successes they achieve in both the program and in their personal lives when they apply the lessons gives them a sense of accomplishment. EWYL is not a program to clients; it is an important tool for them as well as an opportunity to spend time with someone who cares for them. The skills they learn and the relationships they develop make the time spent both valuable and important in their lives.
Why it is Important
EWYL is important because it provides the backing to promises made while a client is deciding between abortion and life. Most clients see a scary road ahead if they keep the child. They normally face subtle threats from the boyfriend and worries of inadequacy. This creates serious worries and doubts.
When counselors are working to convince clients that the baby is alive, the fears of the future also need to be addressed. EWYL gives answers to those fears. The "I can’t be a mother" can be answered with, "We can help you learn how" and the "I can’t make it alone" can lead to a response of, "We will be here to help you." EWYL provides the tools that the young clients know they need - and it helps them choose life because they see a possible road forward.