Teen parents honored for scholastic achievement

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The Kern County Department of Human Services honored 100 students Friday for completing their high school education, while also parenting young children.

Local student, Jovanna Boggs earned her high school diploma with the help of the Kern County Department of Human Service's Cal-Learn program. The now-18-year-old found out she was pregnant with her first child her freshman year of high school. After she learned she'd be a mother, she decided to take school more seriously.

Boggs said the program encouraged her to get the straight-A grades she graduated with.

"You don't see a lot of kids getting praised for having kids; so this program really shines on the things that you do well in life and in school," said Boggs.

The graduating high school students were honored through the Cal-Learn program. Through the program, the pregnant or already-parenting teens were paired up with social workers, who encourage the students to stay in school and graduate, despite the challenges they face.

Kern County has the second highest teen birth rate in the state, at more than double the California average.